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Transforming the Customer Experience with RFID

Posted September 15, 2015

Despite the explosion of online choices, customers still value seeing and touching merchandise firsthand – an experience only available to them in a brick-and-mortar store. When retailers add the cutting-edge benefits of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to that unique advantage, they help close the all-to-common gaps in service, information and inventory of traditional retail and open more opportunities for sales and customer satisfaction.

RFID empowers retailers like never before, elevating shopping into an enriching and positive experience. With RFID as part of a total solution, retailers can greet customers by name, impress them with a wider selection of merchandise, and better serve them with faster assistance, deeper product information and more personalized promotions. What’s more, retailers can turn shopping time into social time with RFID enabled kiosks that enable customers to interact with their social network of family and friends. And when customers are ready to buy, so are retailers. RFID applications can identify merchandise, recognize loyalty accounts and facilitate mobile transactions. Even fulfilling customers’ needs is easier using RFID. Retailers gain real-time visibility into inventory, so they can expedite fulfillment of orders from closer locations. In short, RFID – along with advanced retail technology – can help keep customers happy and coming back in this intensely competitive industry.

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Zebra DS4208 vs. DS4308 Side-By-Side Comparison

Posted September 10, 2015

When choosing the right 2D imager you ultimately need a device that meets the demands of your specific application while being easy to use out of the box.

Historically, the DS4208 was one of the most popular imagers from Motorola/Zebra which has been discontinued and replaced with the even more capable Symbol DS4308. The chart below is a quick comparison of the new features and capabilities found in the newer DS4308.

If you’re looking for a new 2D imager, the DS4308 is a scanner that will easily improve the efficiency and speed of any scanning application.


DS4208

DS4308
Market Positioning Introductory: 1D/2D Imager for paper/ mobile bar codes 2nd Generation: 1D/2D Imager with PRZM technology which enhances decode performance and snappiness, dramatically improving the user experience
Market Advantage
  • Good all around 1D/2D bar code scanner for most applications
  • DS4208-SR working range out to 15.2”/38.6cm on 100% UPC (SR)
  • DS4308-HD working range out to 7.6”/19.3cm • Sensor Resolution 752 x 480
  • Beep and LED feedback on good decode
  • IP43
  • Reads virtually any bar code in any condition; optimized for poor quality barcodes
    DS4308-SR has the largest “sweet spot” in its class with a working range out to 28”/71.1cm on 100% UPC (DS4308-SR) eliminating the need to purchase both standard and extended range scanners
  • DS4308-HD working range out to 16.5 inches (41.9 cm) eliminating the need to purchase both standard and high density scanners
  • 1 Megapixel Sensor Resolution (1280 x 800)
  • Ability to Enable All Code Types
  • USB Buffering of Output Data
  • Beep, LED and optional Illumination feedback on good decode
  • Megapixel engine supports image capture, signature capture and OCR
  • Auto host detect cables
  • Support for over 90 keyboards
  • Integrated Presentation Stand (P) option
  • Checkpoint EAS option
  • IP42
DEFAULT SETTINGS
Quick Keypad Emulation Disabled Enabled
Unique Barcode Reporting in Continuous Barcode Mode Disabled Enabled
Emulate Numeric Keypad Disabled Enabled
Length for Code 39 2 to 55 1 to 55
Code 93 Disabled Enabled
Length for Code 93 4 to 55 1 to 55
Interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF) Disabled Enabled
Lengths for I 2 of 5 Fixed Length = 14 6 to 55
Length for D 2 of 5 Fixed Length = 12 Any Length (1 to 55)
Codabar Disabled Enabled
Lengths for Codabar 5 to 55 4 to 55
Matrix 2 of 5 Lengths Fixed Length = 14 4 to 55
GS1 DataBar Limited Disabled Enabled
USB Fast HID Disabled Enabled
USB Polling Interval 8ms 3ms
Different Symbol Time-out 200ms 100ms

Infographic: Manufacturing Solutions with Zebra and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted September 2, 2015

Having the right technology is crucial to keeping any manufacturing chain running smoothly and accurately. From receiving to production and fulfillment, Zebra’s cutting-edge technology and Barcodes, Inc can help enable your business to achieve maximum efficiency with the greatest return on your investment.

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White Paper: The Internet of Things

Posted August 31, 2015

zebrbcilogoWhat is it?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the coming connectivity of everything you own, everything you see. No longer will access to the internet be limited to single point interfaces like your phone or computer, or single-point data sources like web pages or servers. Nor will it be limited to you! Everything you see can, and someday will, be interconnected and sharing data: your tv, your refrigerator, your home, your car, the roads you drive on, the building you work in, the package you’re delivering…everything.

So far, the Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often referred to as being smart.

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Infographic: Warehouse to Register with Zebra and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted August 28, 2015

No matter the retail application, Barcodes, Inc and Zebra have the cutting-edge technology and solution-based experience to empower your business from warehouse to the register.

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Zebra ZXP Series 7 Supporting our Veterans

Posted August 24, 2015

The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States (U.S.). In FY 2012, VHA delivered clinical services to approximately 6 million Veterans out of 8.8 million enrolled. VHA operated a wide range of facilities and programs including 152 hospitals, and 821 community based outpatient clinics. Each location strives to excel in six metrics: Effective, Equitable, Safe, Timely, Patient -Centered, and Efficient.

The introduction and administration of ID card and visitor management tackled both the Safe and Efficient quadrant. With the vast number of independent facilities, the VHA benefits by tracking their physicians, medical staff, patients and visitors. For permanent employees, the hospital increases security by providing ID Cards to registered employees of the hospital, enabling their personnel to access certain parts of the building without limitation. The badging of employees also provides extra security to patients who know which employees are registered with the hospital.

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The Internet of Things with Zebra and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted August 21, 2015

rfidIotWhat is it?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the coming connectivity of everything you own, everything you see. No longer will access to the internet be limited to single point interfaces like your phone or computer, or single-point data sources like web pages or servers. Nor will it be limited to you! Everything you see can, and someday will, be interconnected and sharing data: your tv, your refrigerator, your home, your car, the roads you drive on, the building you work in, the package you’re delivering… everything.

So far, the Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often referred to as being smart.

Why do I care?

IoT will affect the way we live and work. IoT will impact every industry out there: Healthcare, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logisitics, Retail, Hospitality, Warehousing, and so on. Your competitors will be embracing IoT capabilities to find a competitive advantage, the same advantage you want to get first. The advantage that comes with speed, efficiency, and a clear view of your assets and operations, your people and inventory, 24/7 in real time.

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Improve Patient Care and Nurse Efficiency with the Zebra MC40-HC

Posted August 17, 2015

In hospitals and clinics, mobile computers help nurses and lab technicians improve the quality of patient care and save lives by providing instant access to a wealth of business-critical information: real-time lab results, a change in a patient’s condition, or verification of the ‘5 rights’ of medication administration at a patient’s bedside.

Zebra’s MC40-HC is the perfect blend of enterprise functionality in a familiar smartphone form factor that can empower your healthcare staff to improve their daily operations providing more time for patient care.


Zebra’s WiNG Smart RF Wireless Networking

Posted August 13, 2015

2015-08-13_0943WiNG (Wireless Infrastructure Next Generation) is at the heart of every Zebra wireless LAN and distributes intelligence to every access point and controller– so every Access Point (AP) can act as the virtual controller if necessary. SMART RF (Self Monitoring At Run Time) is built into the WiNG architecture found in all of Zebra’s access points and controllers making it easy to find the right hardware to meet your needs.

By automating many routine network tasks, it saves businesses time and resources – there’s no need for dedicated IT staff to manage the network. It’s like having an in-built RF engineer – the network tests and calibrates itself, reports problems and fixes faults before anyone is aware of them.

Organizations both large and small are increasingly dependent on mobile workers. In turn, those mobile workers rely on wireless networks. Problem is, planning and deploying wireless networks is difficult and time-consuming. And as new users and applications are added, managing and operating a wireless network becomes increasingly difficult.

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Empowering Your WLAN to Deliver a Better Guest Experience

Posted August 10, 2015

The Challenge: Supporting a Major Increase of in-Store Wireless Applications — and a New Generation of WI-FI

Today’s wireless LAN (WLAN) is more than a network. It has become a critical business tool that helps retailers of all sizes improve the customer experience and associate efficiency. But wireless technologies and wireless initiatives have continued to evolve, pressuring the WLAN you have today and presenting numerous challenges:

Shoppers’ expect high-performance in-store Wi-Fi access

When today’s shoppers step into your store, they expect you to provide complimentary access to the store’s Wi-Fi network. They are looking to help control their cellular data fees and eliminate the connection issues that can occur inside a retail store. But providing guest access creates several issues:

  • Ease of access – You need to be able to allow shoppers to easily sign in to access your WLAN
  • Security – You need to be able to keep your network secure, despite the fact that you are offering open public access to your WLAN
  • Next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi support – The fifth generation of Wi-Fi is here. Analysts are predicting critical mass in just a few short years — in 2015 — and your customers are already buying 802.11ac-enabled mobile devices. You need to make sure that shoppers who have upgraded to these next-generation Wi-Fi devices can still access your WLAN
  • Performance expectations – You need to provide your shoppers with dependable high-performance Wi-Fi connections — despite major and unpredictable fluctuations in the number of users and traffic on the WLAN

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