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FDA Food Traceability with Zebra Labels

Posted July 21, 2015

Ever since the FDA passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, anyone involved in the food supply chain has to be able to produce, at any moment, the movement of food from supplier to the final retail store.  With legislation forcing food grower, manufacturers, and distributors to track food from field to the dinner table, having capable and affordable traceability technology is essential for everyone involved.

The biggest motivation behind the legislation is to make it easier to trace and find sources of contaminated food to the correct original source. This may seem at first as a measure mainly for the end consumer but it also protect growers and manufactures in being to very precisely remove their goods from suspicion of tainting as opposed to wide spread recalls. The costs involved in a capable barcode tracking system is noticeable less than even just one recall incident.

The Food Safety Modernization Act calls for, among other things, unique identifiers such as the GS1 databar, and full electronic pedigree or origins of the produce. Barcoding technologies are an important first step in this compliance as growers begin to change and update their record keeping methods. This is where Zebra and their wide range of printers and FDA approved labels are the perfect complete solution.

With printer options for low volume small businesses, GK420 and TLP2824 Plus, to high speed/high output models, ZT400 and 110Xi4, Zebra’s long standing industry experience and expertise is designed in every printer they make. From labeling a single tomato to whole crates and packaged foods, Zebra has a traceability solution that can improve your business’s accuracy and efficiency.


Route Planning Solution: Descartes and the MC45 Mobile Computer

Posted June 29, 2015

When managing a mobile workforce, one of the first steps to ensuring success is proper fleet management and route optimization. Expanding your workforce’s potential begins with proper planning for pickups, deliveries and service calls.

Having the right software and mobile device is key to providing the tools to maximize fleet and mobile resource utilization and efficiency. At the end of the day, the right tools will allow you to get the most out your workforce while reducing costs and improving service to your customers.

Descartes Route Planning Software and the MC45 from Zebra form  powerful combination for any mobile workforce aiming for maximal efficiency. Pairing Descartes’ real-time visibility and flexibility with the robust wireless connectivity and data collection capabilities of the MC45 makes for the perfect companion to any mobile workforce.

Descartes Route Optimization Features:

  • Automated Vehicle Location – GPS-based fleet wide visibility in real-time
  • Dispatch – Facilitate new orders, manage exceptions
  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation – Reduce miles driven and maintenance costs
  • Interactive Voice Response – Automated IVR solutions for pick-up/delivery scheduling

MC45 Rugged Mobile Computer Features:

  • Wi-Fi, WWAN, and Bluetooth connectivity options
  • True field durability – IP64 rated
  • Industry-leading 1D scan engine with Adaptive Scan technology
  • 3.2MP Camera
  • Outdoor-viewable 3.2″ screen
  • VoWWAN handset mode with active noise reduction

Zebra Labels for Indirect Food Contact FDA 175.105

Posted June 18, 2015

Many food packaging and repackaging businesses have a need to find a packaging label that has an adhesive suitable for indirect food contact.  Most importantly these business need a labeling solution that meets Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines for indirect food contact.   Indirect food contact is defined as a substance that may come into interaction with food as part of packaging or processing equipment, but are not intentionally added directly to the food. Using a label that doesn’t meet food contact requirements can potentially lead to contaminated food, product returns and fines for having unapproved adhesives used in a food application.

Zebra manufactures several sizes and types of labels that have an adhesive formulation developed to meet FDA regulation 175.105, indirect food contact (see this list for FDA approved labels).  These labels are approved to be used for indirect contact food applications such as, label food in a retail location to large scale packaging of food from a manufacturing facility.

Avoid the hassle and expense of using non-food approved labels by introducing Zebra labels, which meet FDA regulation 175.105 for indirect food contact, into your food application today.

Contact your dedicated BarcodesInc representative today, for more information.


Zebra’s WiNG Express – Infographic

Posted June 9, 2015

In today’s mobile-centric world, having reliable and secure wireless connectivity is expected from every business. From employees to customers, the vast majority of computing is done on mobile devices, smartphones, and tablets which require a robust network capable of providing constant connectivity.

The greatest challenge most small and mid-sized business faced in the past was the costs involved in providing an effective wireless network. In the past, this caused many businesses to compromise the performance and security of their network for cost savings.

Lucky for all of us, Zebra’s WiNG Express product line provides high WLAN performance and advanced security features normally found in enterprise-level applications at a fraction of the cost and time to deploy. Simply power up your access points and they will automatically be discovered and provisioned with pre-defined configurations you then easily manage from an intuitive and simple-to-grasp interface.

With WiNG Express you can provide your business with the wireless network it needs today and into the future without making any compromises.

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Zebra’s Customer Self-Service Solutions

Posted June 3, 2015

For today’s highly connected retail shopper, having access to the same range of information they experience online is more and more expected even during the brick and mortar shopping experience. Smartphones may provide simple product lookups and pricing but more store functions can be easily expanded on with the right in-store technology. Just as they find in an online experience, being able to search product data and previous purchase history is another way to further empower customer satisfaction.

Whether it’s pulling up more detailed product information, stock levels and locations, or being able to access a gift registry and coupons/promotional items, customers desire to have access to your retail store both physically and electronically.

Expanding the customer experience really comes down to providing the right tools to your customers. Zebra’s line of Interactive Kiosks and robust Wireless LAN are the perfect additions  to any retail environment to provide customers the ability get product information or find an associate at the exact moment they want one.
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When Time is Money – It Adds Up

Posted June 2, 2015

cdfWhen choosing a mobile computer or barcode scanner, one of the last things on anybody’s mind is what kind of battery I should buy with my device. Even worse, sellers fail to explain how the battery alone can save a company on time, money and productivity.

Research shows that companies lose at least 20 minutes of productivity every time a battery is changed mid-shift. Here’s an example of what device downtime can cost:

  • 500 devices in operation
  • 500 devices x 1 battery failure each = 500 mid-shift failures per day
  • 500 mid-shift failures x 20 minutes each = 167 hours lost each day
  • 167 hours/day x $9.00/hour = $1,503.00 per day
  • $1,503.00 x 360 days = $541,080 PER YEAR in lost productivity

 

Don’t take chances with your batteries – IPT Productivity+ Series batteries run 15% – 20% longer and guarantee 100% compatibility with OEM devices including Symbol, Zebra, Motorola, Honeywell, Intermec, LXE, Datamax-O’Neil and Vocollect.

 


Zebra Releases the First All-touch Terminal Emulation for Android Devices

Posted May 12, 2015

Zebra TC75 Mobile ComputerZebra is pleased to announce the launch of the first All-touch terminal emulation, by Wavelink, for Zebra Android mobile devices. All-touch terminal emulation is another step in enhancing the productivity of associates using Zebra mobile computers.

The all-touch terminal emulation client is the most comprehensive solution for accessing, managing and maintaining connections to applications resident on host systems. Shifting to a modern, more productive and consistent user experience, and optimized for “touch” mobile computers, this proven solution captures and aggregates mission-critical data, providing flexibility and value for enterprises throughout the supply chain and across industries.

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Motorola MC9190: End of Life Announcement

Posted April 23, 2015

Motorola MC9190-GA0SWAYA6WR-KITAs one of the industry’s most used and sold rugged mobile computers, the Motorola MC9190 has finally come to the end of its production. Designed for the most demanding applications, the MC9190 series was the perfect data collection companion for warehousing, manufacturing, logistics, and field based applications. Luckily, the MC9190 series is superseded by the even more capable MC9200 series.

As a technology refresh of the MC9190 product line, the MC9200 incorporates the best of the MC9190 features, as well as many electrical and mechanical system enhancements while maintaining compatibility to the MC9190 accessory ecosystem.

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Case Study: College Retailer Says “RAH-RAH-RAH” to Sleek Custom POS Imagers

Posted April 15, 2015

Motorola DS4801-SR4U0000SGNFans of the Oregon State Beavers know that, when the score is close, a few yards on the gridiron can become very valuable real estate, indeed. But on game days, some of the most valuable retail real estate in Oregon is actually just across the street from Reser Stadium – in the OSU Beaver Store.

Beaver games can bring as many as 45,000 fans to the stadium and many of them will make their way to the Beaver Store to buy licensed gear and apparel. During the four hour game rush, the store typically processes between 3,000 – 4,000 transactions at its 22 cash registers.

“Generally, our customers are in good humor on game days, but moving efficiently is the key to keeping them that way,” says Torsten Pihl, I.S. Coordinator for the Beaver Store. “They line up out the doors, running a gauntlet of crowd control stanchions and registers. If we can save even just a few seconds on each transaction, we can maximize sales while the crowds are here, while keeping our fans and alumni happy.” So as they have many times before, the Beaver Store called on Zebra.
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Zebra Launches their New RFD8500 UHF RFID Sled for Mobile Devices

Posted April 10, 2015

rfd8500Zebra is excited to announce the RFD8500, a high performance Bluetooth UHF RFID/Scanner sled. With the RFD8500, you can empower select Zebra and compatible third-party mobile devices, smartphone’s and tablets with enterprise-class UHF RFID and 1D/2D bar code scanning technology, whenever and wherever you need it — simply, easily and cost-effectively.

Just pair this Bluetooth-enabled sled with your mobile device and attach the mobile device to the RFD8500 for single handed RFID reader operation — or put the mobile device in a pocket or holster and use the RFD8500 in standalone mode. With support for Android, iOS, and Windows, you get real investment protection — the RFD8500 sleds you buy today will work with the devices you use now, and in the future.

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