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3 Signs Your Operations Need to Speed Up Efficiency

Posted April 27, 2021

In the age of instant gratification, speed and accuracy are imperial to keeping businesses competitive. However, the rising number of omnichannel shoppers has posed a challenge to maximizing speed and accuracy at the same time. Inefficient speed can be harmful to supply chains, which is why Barcodes, Inc. helps small and growing businesses recognize the signs of ineffective acceleration through the following signs:

  1. More inaccurate orders are leaving the loading dock
  2. Workers are consistently overwhelmed
  3. Inventory counts are rarely accurate or updated

While there are multiple optimization routes businesses may take to streamline operations, Barcodes, Inc. recommends starting with simplified inventory labeling.

Accelerate productivity and maximize accuracy with Zebra Mobile Printers  

When inventory is readily and accurately identified, workers can quickly move products down the supply chain without wasting time. Zebra’s mobile printers go a step further by bringing optimized labeling to every point of the warehouse along with:

  • Dramatic reduction in travel and wait times since workers no longer need to walk over to centralized printing stations.
  • Long-lasting battery power that makes sure workers can count on continuous uptime throughout longer shifts.
  • Faster printing speeds and easy media loading to eliminate any technical complications and downtime.
  • Easy Bluetooth tap-to-pair for faster connectivity with your mobile devices.
  • Pre-installed PrintSecure that protects any sensitive data printed through your device by warding off unauthorized users.

In their commitment to strengthening small and growing businesses, Barcodes, Inc. strives to lower operational costs with future-forward solutions that grow with your operations. See how you can speed up productivity when you contact Barcodes, Inc. for a free consultation of your workflows to target growth opportunities.

6 Key Performance Indicators Every Small and Medium Business Should Track

Posted April 26, 2021

No matter the operation’s size, every business strives for better profitability and customer retention. To do so, companies often track several key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor and forecast business growth. While there are many viable KPIs to track, small and growing businesses are often encouraged to monitor the following indicators:

  1. Order accuracy rates address how often orders are shipped with the correct products to the correct customer within the correct allotted time.
  2. Inventory turnover rates can record the fluctuating demands for any particular product while assessing your ability to move goods down the supply chain.
  3. Gross profit margins provide a clear picture of final profits after operational expenses such as labor, shipping, and the like are paid off.
  4. Cash flow forecast assists small businesses in predicting the costs of high demand, so they can make adjustments accordingly before profits are hindered.
  5. Funnel drop-off rates allow you to see how many potential customers abandon purchases to optimize business tactics.
  6. Market share clearly depicts how your business compares to competitors by measuring company sales with total industry purchases.

To track multiple KPIs in real-time without costly errors, Barcodes, Inc. recommends simplified and scalable digitization

Track it all with Barcodes, Inc. Digitization Solutions – built with Zebra’s Scanners

Unlike paper-based systems, digitized warehouse management curbs the likelihood of manual data entry errors, misplaced files, missed sales, late deliveries, and bottlenecks. Zebra’s enterprise-ready scanners successfully transfer all your crucial data into the digital system of your choice, all for…

  • Faster order throughout
  • Increased order accuracy rates
  • Sharable data with minimized workflow disruptions
  • Easy configuration for faster deployment
  • Faster onboarding thanks to their intuitive user-friendly build

At Barcodes, Inc., digitization doesn’t have to be complicated. Take a closer look into how we make optimized inventory management seamless, simple, and scalable with Zebra’s rugged scanners. Contact us for a free assessment.

Newcastle Mobile Powered Carts: Getting Products to Customers Faster

Posted April 8, 2021

These are tough times to run a warehouse. How do you increase throughput, shorten order cycle times, and maximize labor productivity, all while maintaining order accuracy? 

Newcastle Mobile Powered Carts let you tackle all these issues at the same time, cost effectively and with unbeatable ROI. By bringing your printer to the pallet, you slash time walking. Your efficiency begins improving DAY 1.

Newcastle Mobile Powered Carts

Contact us today to see how you can initiate a warehouse solution for maximum productivity and efficiency.

How to Maximize Visibility and Minimize Costs at the Same Time

Posted March 25, 2021


Inventory management is a prominent struggle for most businesses, especially small and growing warehouses. Inconsistent stock counts can severely impact customer loyalty as they lead to surprise out-of-stocks, shipping delays, and misplaced products within the warehouse. Since the effects of improper inventory management can be detrimental, enhancing operational visibility is key to remaining competitive in today’s high-demand markets. To do so, businesses have sought to eliminate:

  • Paper-based systems – Small data entry errors can yield enormous costly consequences over time.
  • Disparate spreadsheets – Although digital spreadsheets are less likely to contain errors compared to paper-based systems, disparate logs can cause more confusion in the future as employees must navigate through several databases to find needed information.

As a Zebra Premier Solutions Partner, Barcodes, Inc. simplifies inventory management for small and growing businesses with Zebra’s adaptable mobile computers.

Increasing Visibility With Zebra Mobile Computers

Reduce the number of deployed devices and increase digital visibility when you optimize your inventory management system with Zebra. No matter which device you choose to integrate, Barcodes, Inc. closely assists you in connecting your workflows on a digitized platform, enabling:

  • Streamlined data capture and processing – Capture barcodes and upload data immediately via your handheld computer to eliminate wait times for faster order fulfillment.
  • Greater data security – Not only does Zebra’s fortified Android facilitate onboarding, but it also protects your data with government-grade encryption and recurring security patches.
  • Sustained communication systems – Keep your teams unified with integrated push-to-talk capabilities along with long-range WiFi connectivity.
  • Maximized uptime from day one – Barcodes, Inc. works alongside your team from design, to deployment, to ongoing support to make sure your visibility solution remains functional whenever and wherever you need it.
  • Mobile device management – Barcodes, Inc. can help augment your IT staff by loading mobile device management software, pushing out updates and troubleshooting devices that are down in order to keep your mobile workforce fully operational.

Contact Barcodes, Inc. today to see how you can start optimizing your crucial tasks with technologies built for more efficiency and affordability.

How to Create a Printing Solution That Grows With Your Business

Posted March 16, 2021


Compared to other prominent warehouse tools like mobile computers and scanners, labeling systems are relatively low-cost, yet they play a vital role in securing inventory accuracy for proper stock counts. As supply chains become more fast-paced, growing businesses may require a scalable and easy-to-use identification solution to:

  • Eliminate manual data entry
  • Prevent downtime from printer jams
  • Maximize printhead lifespan
  • Shave off wait times from printing stations

To remain competitive in today’s demanding market, printing and labeling solutions must be adaptable, scalable, and cost-effective, much like Zebra’s Warehouse Printers featured in our video below:

Assessing Your Printing Solution

When evaluating your options, Barcodes, Inc. recommends that you consider the following questions:

1. Can printers handle sudden high printing volumes?

As seen in previous years, order demand can change drastically in a matter of days, automatically ruling out consumer-grade printers as an optimal choice. Enterprise-grade printers such as Zebra’s barcode label printers come in varying sizes to fit different workspaces while harnessing durable printheads, intelligent printing software, and trusted security to prevent breakdowns and cyberthreats during peak seasons. The result is a printing solution that can readily handle greater demand without compromising uptime.

2. Can printers be mobilized?

While industrial and desktop printers can successfully deliver needed labels, they may not be the best mobility choice. Past studies have shown mobile printers to boost processing time by as much as 62% while reducing picking times by almost 50%. This frees up your staff to accomplish other important tasks faster while increasing printer availability without more wait times.

3. Which labeling supplies will I use?

Lastly, efficient printing systems heavily depend on your chosen consumables since they directly impact your hardware’s printhead. Inferior consumables can scratch printheads over time, leading to jams and downtime. On the flipside, smoother quality thermal ribbons protect printheads while retaining legibility in varying conditions, ultimately decreasing operational costs.    

As leaders in scalable optimization for big and growing businesses alike, Barcodes, Inc. is ready to assist you in navigating through these questions to create a tailored printing solution that matches your needs. Contact us today to see how you can begin your solution design for seamless deployment and maintenance. 

Things to Consider When Mounting To Your Forklifts

Posted March 1, 2021


With different environments and users all under one roof, it is important to have a product that can tolerate the rigorous demands of material handling. Whether the best solution is mounting a device horizontally on the overhead guard leg or vertically off the overhead guard leg, Gamber-Johnson has a solution for every user’s unique needs.

Barcodes, Inc. is ready to assist with your next warehouse material handling solution. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

How Newcastle Systems Mobile Workstations Cut Receiving Times by 52%

Posted March 13, 2020

Saving time and improving warehouse efficiency is a top priority for businesses. The typical receiving process can take 20.75 minutes – but with Newcastle Systems mobile workstations you can cut that by 52% and save 520 hours per user per year!

Mobile workstations from Newcastle Systems improve warehouse systems by moving the computer and printer to you

How to Streamline Warehouse Receiving

How much wasted time and tasks could your warehouse cut out with a mobile workstation that moves with your workers?

  • Walking from the receiving area to the computer to look up order details
  • Waiting to print orders
  • Walking back to the products
  • Walking back to the computer to print labels
  • And more

Instead, a Newcastle workstation with its own container computer, printer, barcode scanner, and power source can move to your receiving station and allow your workers to scan, inspect, print, and apply labels right on the spot.

Shop Newcastle Workstations

Mobilize your workstation to anywhere in the warehouse with Newcastle Systems. Durable and customizable, these stations have everything you need. Compact stations fit into narrow isles and smaller warehouses, and battery options can power your devices for an eight-hour shift.

Barcodes, Inc. carries a wide range of Newcastle Systems mobile workstations including the NB series, the PC Picking series, the RC Utility series, NB Slim series, and EcoCart series along with accessories, parts, and power packs.

Mobile Computer Solutions for the Warehouse & Distribution Center

Posted September 30, 2019
Honeywell EDA60K mobile computer have fast data capturing technology to keep inventory count up to date.

When it comes to warehouse management, mobile technologies gives great accessibility to support items as it makes its way through the warehouse. Studies have shown that operations are greatly enhanced by mobile technology, where hand-held devices allow employees to include additional data and instructions greatly improving productivity and accuracy in the warehouse. From receiving, picking, locating, to shipping, it gives visibility as inventory and products can be tracked as it makes its way through the warehouse. Increase productivity and efficiency with the Honeywell ScanPal EDA51 and EDA60K mobile computer. Built on the Android platform, it offers the perfect combination for data input and increase productivity for inventory management and logistics workflows.

Increase efficiency with Honeywell EDA60K mobile computer for real time data visibility.

Features:

  • Powerful future-ready platform Android 7.1 (Nougat) operating system
  • Powerful scan engine to scan both 1D and 2D barcodes
  • Sleek, modern and rugged design with IP64 seal against dust and water spray
  • Dual- band Wi-fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity
  • 4 Inch touchscreen and 30- key numeric keypad for data input
  • Preloaded Honeywell Enterprise Client pack (Honeywell Enterprise Terminal Emulator, Browser, and Launcher) Choose from pre-licensed SKU or 60 day trial.

From the warehouse to retail and service businesses, increase productivity and fulfill omni-channel demands with the Honeywell ScanPal EDA51. Enable mobile workforce with technology that will help get more done in less time and offer better customer experience that helps your business get the edge you need to compete. Ideal for applications that supports retail, direct store delivery, pickup, and field service. Engineered for easy data capture with integrated scanner and 5 inch display where it allows plenty of information for your interaction. Workers can scan packages, document workflows, capture signatures upon delivery in one single device.

Enhance productivity with Honeywell EDA51 for mobile workers.

Features:

  • Lightweight and pocketable design that is still rugged for tough service environments.
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo) operating system
  • Superior imager that can scan 1D and 2D barcodes
  • Powerful 13-megapixel color camera to take pictures for proof of delivery
  • Removable ion battery that can lasts 12 hours built for all day use
  • IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and WWAN Radio connectivity
  • Optional scan handle and battery charger accessories to keep your devices running

Automate tasks, increase data collection accuracy, and visibility with
Honeywell EDA60K and EDA51 mobile computers. Contact Barcodes and find out how Honeywell mobile technologies can help you run an effective warehouse and boost productivity and communication on the go.

From Field to Store with Zebra’s ZT400 Series

Posted October 12, 2018

With the PTI, Produce Traceability Initiative, produce supply chains need to use an electronic traceability system to validate and trace products that are being delivered to each store. Find out how you can drive efficiency, value, and freshness with Zebra’s ZT400 Series.

Let’s follow a lemon from field to store.

  1. Lemons are picked from field and packed into cases
  2. Cases needs to be assigned a label to be note what location it came from the field
  3. These cases are sent to a warehouse to be inspected for quality control
  4. Repack into boxes that needs to be label with the pack, harvest, and best by dates
  5. Boxes of lemons are stacked into a pallet labeled with a container code label
  6. Container codes allow distributors to scan the barcode to find out the lot and GTIN code
  7. After orders are placed for the produce, distributors can scan and print shipping labels to be delivered to each store.

From the field to packing in a warehouse, it is important to have the labels with the codes printed quick and precise. The ZT400 Series can meet the high label printing needs with ease and increase efficiency down a supply chain line.

Fast and reliable, the ZT410 (4 inch print width) where the ZT420 (6 inch) and both offers up to a high resolution of printing for any size labels.

Both Feature:

  • Ethernet, USB, and Bluetooth with optional Wi-Fi addition
  • Handles wide range of media
  • Dual USB port for added flexibility
  • Intuitive icon-based interface with an optional LCD screen to show any alerts
  • Easy media and ribbon loading
  • Rugged durability for demanding applications

It delivers advancements in print speed, connectivity options, management, and support tools that can drive efficiency, value, and savings.

Get your supply chain in compliance with PTI and Zebra’s ZT400! You can decrease downtime, mapping errors, and costly logistical mistakes! Contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how the ZT400 can help you in your daily operations.

 

 

For Challenging Environments- Honeywell’s Granit 1980i & 1981i

Posted August 20, 2018

1980i-1

For the toughest environment, comes the Honeywell’s Granit 1980i (wired) and the 1981i (wireless) industrial full range scanners. The area- imaging scanners are capable of scanning both 1D and 2D barcodes from near and as far as 50ft away. Simple to use, the Granit scanners maximize operator productivity in the most challenging environments and will be able to pair the scanners with fork trucks equipped with vehicle mounted mobile computers to scan barcodes at an extended range.

1980iNear and Far Distance Scanning Techniques (1D & 2D):

NearNear
Capable reading from 6 inches near barcodes. Hover over the barcode and center the red lightning box with laser aim to the right of the center of the barcode.

 

FarTechFar
Distance scanning up to 50ft, with laser scanner aim at the center of the barcode. (with laminated barcodes might have to tilt the scanner at an readable angle)

Features:

  • Full Range Area Imaging of 1D & 2D barcodes
  • Super Rugged IP65 Rating
  • Multiple scanning configurations
  • Wire or Wireless enable mobility
  • Ease of Use- Intuitive User Feedback

 

Equip your team with the toughest scanner to maximize your team’s productivity and lower the overall cost of ownership. The 1980i & 1981i Granit scanners are great for manufacturing, transportation and logistics, warehouse and distribution, and outdoor logistics.

Contact our dedicated account managers on any questions in regards how to improve your daily operations with the Granit scanners and we will be happy to help.

 

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