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6 Ways Enterprise Mobility is Empowering Fast-Paced Warehouses

Posted September 2, 2021

It is estimated that nearly 73% of organizations plan to begin warehouse modernization by equipping workers with mobile devices. Increasing demand for faster and more accurate order fulfillment is a major contributor to this trend, despite fluctuating labor turnover rates. To keep warehouses ahead of demand, enterprise mobility solutions should aim at:

  1. Validating incoming inventory to establish accurate stock counts as products arrive.
  2. Streamlining put away, picking, packing, and shipping to prevent misplacements and lost stock.
  3. Enhancing your reverse logistics process for seamless returns since most shoppers expect easy and free returns.
  4. Simplifying inventory management and replenishment to avoid out-of-stocks.
  5. Scaling up theft prevention capabilities with clear real-time tracking and counterfeit prevention.
  6. Gaining universal mobile device management and support for maximized uptime.

Watch the video to see how Barcodes, Inc. and Zebra Technologies reinvent enterprise mobility in your warehouse.

To maximize your operational output, especially with labor shortages, you’ll need to rely on more powerful mobility technology and more efficient processes.

Implementing mobile devices is only the first step towards ensuring your warehouse’s future success. By partnering with Zebra Technologies, Barcodes, Inc. establishes a centralized hub where products flow to the market with ease, accuracy, and convenience. Examples include:

  • Simplified receiving and picking – Ensure inventory accuracy with versatile mobile computers and RFID technology.
  • Mis-shipment prevention – Save time and improve customer satisfaction with devices that scan and verify items as they’re packed to ensure on-time, accurate deliveries.
  • Accelerated return process – Optimize the value of returned items and reduce revenue loss by accurately tracking and storing returned items.
  • Streamlined inventory level verification – Leverage robots and wearable technology to quickly track inventory, reduce waste, and improve accuracy in the reordering process.
  • Expanded asset visibility – Utilize RFID technology and smart lockers to increase mobile device visibility and prevent lost or stolen assets.
  • Ensured interconnectivity – Integrate all apps and devices on the same, secure wireless network.

Download our flyer to see more ways Barcodes, Inc. continues to redefine modernized warehousing.

Choose Barcodes, Inc. and Zebra Technologies for your future warehouse solution. Contact us today to learn more about Barcodes, Inc.’s EDGE that maximizes your warehouse success with mobile device management.

Introducing Zebra’s ZT230 Barcode Label Printer: Outstanding Functionality and Features at an Exceptional Value

Posted August 31, 2021

Zebra’s ZT230 was created from extensive customer feedback and the learnings from legacy printers. As a result, Zebra introduces their newest innovative printer with a space-saving design. 

Featuring Zebra’s Link-OS environment, the ZT230 provides users with effortless setup, intuitive operation and easy service and maintenance. The ZT230 is the right choice for a variety of labeling applications, whether you’re adopting barcode technology for the first time or upgrading existing printer models. 

These innovative printers provide many user benefits, and they are ENERGY STAR qualified to save you money throughout their lifecycle. With its rugged all-metal case for long-lasting use, the ZT230 offers a graphical LCD user interface for easy printer setup and control, and S4M replacement that easily integrates into your environment. The ZT230 is ideal for barcode-labeling applications requiring more frequent format or printer setting changes. 

Zebra Technologies is committed to support a variety of industrial business needs. The ZT230 enhances operations with:

  • Space-Saving Design: Compact footprint and streamlined design fits easily in confined areas where space is at a premium
  • Simplified Serviceability: Easy, tool-less platen and printhead removal enable simple cleaning and replacement
  • Reliability and Durability: Drive system designed for optimal performance, with minimal maintenance required
  • Print Quality: Engineered for greater print precision with finetuned adjustments 

Meet the printer that was inspired by people just like you. 

[Download Infographic Sheet]


With outstanding functionality and features at an exceptional value, Zebra delivers high performance barcode label printers for industrial businesses. Contact us today to see how you can bring a new level of printing to your growing business.

5 Ways Traceability Can Improve Your Manufacturing Plant

Posted August 31, 2021

Traceability and visibility are crucial measures for your manufacturing operation and production line. Proper traceability and visibility increase efficiency in the production line by catching defects before they leave the plant, thus reducing recall costs and effects. Without complete visibility, traceability systems will fail to report inaccuracies.

In fact, 69% of companies do not have total visibility over their supply chains, which leads many scrambling to prove everything is up to code during audits and inspections. When defects are identified in a product, organizations need to sort through mounds of data to track and trace raw materials. Otherwise, they may be facing a mass recall. These errors can cost your business millions of dollars, but the good news is that they are avoidable.

Effective tracking and locationing technologies empower manufacturing facilities to deliver fast, accurate, and quality service that secures efficiency for the whole supply chain. See how in our video:

Ensure Proper Tracing and Accurate Visibility with Barcodes, Inc.

Proper tracing and accurate visibility are key components to the well-being of manufacturing plants. Barcodes, Inc. ensures that your manufacturing plant is up to date with integrated solutions. Here are some ways proper tracing and visibility can impact your business.

  1. Streamline cause analysis – Having access to the data on your products enables manufacturers to dig deep and find the root cause of problems. Identify and solve problems faster to minimize impact.
  2. Consistent improvement – Once you are able to see how parts and products move through lines, it’s easier to see where improvement is needed. Knowing where and when bottlenecks and delays occur makes real-time optimization possible.
  3. Enhance your value stream – Since traceability and visibility monitors how your products move through your manufacturing process, it also helps with value stream mapping. Equipped with detailed product genealogy records, manufacturers gain supply chain visibility, which provides your operation the ability to see the bigger picture.
  4. Quality and engagement – Part traceability along the entire production line can also help find key points where quality check-ups should be added. It also increases accountability and engagement on the shop floor.
  5. Simple real-time tracking – Easy-to-use technologies such as Zebra’s locationing hardware simplify on-the-fly tracking of your high demand inventory, by digitally connecting data to your centralized management system. This means workers spend less time looking through files and reports for faster and more accurate audits.

Download our brochure to see more ways effective tracking enhances the production floor.

Contact us today to learn more about RFID technology designed to maximize traceability and visibility in your manufacturing plant.

Introducing ZT411 Barcode Label Printer with a new level of performance, versatility, and ease of use.

Posted August 2, 2021

ZT411

Keep your critical operations running efficiently with Zebra’s durable ZT411 Barcode Label Printer. Using advanced technology, the ZT411 drives versatility, ease of use, and increased performance.

Operating with three print resolutions and two print widths, the ZT411 is able to address a broad array of applications throughout manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, and more.

Users are able to check the status at a glance and manage settings with ease with the large color touch display. Configure your printer your way with advanced technology, along with two open communication slots. Constructed with an all-metal frame and bi-fold door, this printer is durable and allows easy operating access. As needs evolve over time, the ZT411 can adapt to your needs with field-installable connectivity, media handling, and RFID options to easily add new features.

The ZT411 printers are easy to integrate and manage, thanks to Zebra’s Print DNA suite of applications, utilities, and developer tools–all powered by Link-OS®.

Zebra Technologies is committed to support a variety of industrial business needs. The ZT411 drives productivity with:

  • Advancements in print speed, connectivity options, and management and support tools
  • Simple installation of media and ribbon and the toolless printhead and platen roller replacement to keep operations running
  • Standard USB, Serial, Ethernet, dual USB Host, and Bluetooth connectivity options, with two open media slots to allow you to add Parallel, Ethernet, applicator interface cards, and more
  • End user-installable media handling options for customizing your printer to match current and future business needs

Meet the printer that’s not like the rest. [Download Spec Sheet] Versatile and easy to use, Zebra delivers high performance barcode label printers for industrial businesses. Contact us today to see how you can bring a new level of printing to your growing business.

What are customers expecting from your home improvement store?

Posted June 1, 2021

After being confined to their homes for almost a full year, over half of American consumers undertook home improvement projects, leading to increased sales amounting to nearly $400 billion[1] in revenue in 2020. However, along with increased sales came new customer expectations, demanding more from home improvement stores. To keep up with current trends, retailers are expected to provide:

  • Stress-free tool rental – Reverse logistics has posed issues to many storefronts in the past, yet tool rentals have been expected to increase store revenue as customers are more likely to make additional purchases and refer retailers offering rentals. 
  • Faster customer assistance – While customers still expect amiable and personalized shopping experiences, the average expected wait time for customer service is around 2 minutes[2] or less.
  • Contactless curbside pickup – Following the COVID-19 outbreak, at least 59%[3] of consumers still plan to use contactless curbside pickup due to convenience and speed.

Build a shopping experience that exceeds expectations with Barcodes, Inc.

Product and price are no longer the only driving factors when it comes to retaining customer loyalty. That’s why Barcodes, Inc. partners with leading tech players like Zebra Technologies to optimize the entire shopping experience. Readapt home improvement storefronts to integrate…

  • Intelligent RFID store visibility – Facilitate shelf replenishment when you keep inventory accuracy rates at 99.99% with best-in-class technologies like Zebra’s RFID sensors. 
  • Wall-to-wall connectivity – Keep workers connected to each other and current inventory levels, preventing out-of-stocks while providing quick service with as many resources as needed available.
  • Contactless checkout – Reduce customer density and prevent germ spread with multiple contactless payment options such as self-service kiosks and curbside pickup.
  • Around the clock support – From initial solution design to ongoing maintenance, BarcodesEDGE services simplify device procurement and deployment for faster uptime and noticeable ROI.

See how Barcodes, Inc weaves Zebra’s best-in-class technologies into the modern storefront in our flyer.

Go beyond customer expectations with a modernization solution centered on your goals. Contact Barcodes, Inc. today for a free consultation to get started.


[1] Home improvement market size in the United States from 2008 to 2024. Statista

[2] “Servicing Customers Essential for Home Improvement Retailers to Differentiate, J.D. Power Finds”. J.D. Power. Jun 11, 2020.

[3] Jansen, Caroline. “After COVID-19, is curbside delivery here to stay?”. Retail Dive. May 14, 2020.

How does Zebra’s ZSB Label Printer Stack Up Against Competitors

Posted May 26, 2021

To stay in step with today’s shifting customer expectations, small and home offices are quickly accelerating repetitive tasks with easy-to-use technologies such as simplistic label printers. However, ease-of-use is only one of the many qualities a label printer should have. That’s why Zebra’s newest ZSB Label Printers have been developed to go beyond competing brands such as Dymo and Brother to deliver a printing experience that empowers small businesses to:

  • Print from anywhere through your smartphone
  • Accelerate setup since there are no drivers to install
  • Store and share custom labels through the cloud
  • Speed up media loading for less downtime with drop-in cartridges
  • Minimize your carbon footprint with eco-friendly cartridges and packaging
  • Create labels compatible with leading e-commerce services (Amazon, Shopify, UPS, etc.)

See the difference for yourself. [Download Comparison Sheet]

Frustration-free printing doesn’t end with your device.

At Barcodes, Inc., we understand that small businesses must operate at top speeds with near-flawless performance to meet customer demands for faster shipping and quality customer service. While the ZSB Label Printer minimizes printing complications and jams, our teams are also readily available to help you with:

  • Easy label reordering to prevent downtime
  • Large supplies inventory to help you find a label that best suits your needs
  • Technical assistance throughout TrueSupport service

To learn more about how Zebra’s ZSB Label Printers can enhance your home office, contact Barcodes, Inc. here.

Introducing a New Label Printer for Small Office and Home Office Environments

Posted May 26, 2021

Studies show that 99% of businesses in America are in fact small and growing operations, comprising well over half of the national workforce. To thrive in today’s highly competitive markets, small businesses can’t afford to waste time with slow and inadequate technologies, yet complex and bulky devices also have no place in the home office. That’s why Barcodes, Inc. is excited to introduce small and home offices to Zebra’s newest label printer – the ZSB Series.

Building on a legacy of intelligent technologies, the ZSB Label Printer harnesses the power of Zebra’s established enterprise-grade printers into one frustration-free wireless printer that empowers growing businesses right in their home office.  

2-minute setup is just the start of an extraordinary printing experience

Designed to uphold continuous productivity, Zebra’s ZSB is committed to support a variety of small business goals such as:

  • Speeding up repetitive tasks – Frequent printer jams cause delays and unnecessary frustrations. The ZSB printers eliminate jams and downtime with user-friendly media loading and wireless printing enabled through your mobile device.
  • Simplifying label creation – Providing an adaptable printing experience, the ZSB printer allows you to create and design custom labels while storing your templates in the cloud for easy access and sharing.
  • Integrating sustainable printing – The ZSB’s drop-in cartridges are completely recyclable, minimizing your carbon footprint even during your most high-demand seasons. High quality labels also help diminish paper waste, further cutting back your environmental impact.
  • Ensuring continual support even after your purchase – In our commitment to supporting growing businesses, Barcodes, Inc. ensures maximum ease-of-use from initial purchase to any maintenance needs in the future, whether it be label ordering or software updates.

Meet the printer that’s not like the rest. [Download Infographic Sheet] High-performing label printing fits neatly in the home office thanks to Zebra’s ZSB Printers. Contact us today to see how you can bring hassle-free printing into your growing business.

How important should contactless service be for your restaurant?

Posted May 12, 2021

Even after the COVID-19 crisis, nearly 40%[1] of customers still plan to use contactless services since they are one of the most convenient ways to shop. As a result, quick-service-restaurants (QSRs) are adapting at an accelerated pace to combine safety and ease in today’s food service. To meet new demands for seamless touch-free dining, QSRs have been encouraged to implement:

  • Self-service kiosks – By empowering customers to build and pay for their own orders, self-service kiosks can also diminish wait times while freeing up team members to focus on other tasks.
  • Efficient curbside pickup – Six out of ten[2] patrons plan on continuing to use curbside pickup even after restaurants re-open for dine-in. This means teams must be able to communicate seamlessly amongst each other and with the customer to ensure food quality fits within the customer’s schedule.
  • Accelerated drive-thru lanes – 42%[3] of customers view drive-thrus as more sanitary than alternative pickup options, yet longer lines often push patrons away. Consequently, QSRs are investing in faster connectivity and data processing to speed up drive thru lanes for a better customer experience.

See how Barcodes, Inc. maximizes these and more in our video:

Optimize every touchpoint for touch-free efficiency with Barcodes, Inc. and Zebra

To facilitate QSR optimization, Barcodes, Inc. partners with tech innovators like Zebra Technologies, simplifying device integration to…

  • Shorten lines in and out of the restaurant
  • Speed up payment processing within a secured network
  • Remotely update digital menus in real-time
  • Verify stock counts for quick replenishment with RFID visibility

Download our brochure to see how Barcodes, Inc. simplifies touch-free dining.

Contactless food service is just one of the many new changes in the post-pandemic world. Contact Barcodes, Inc. to learn more about how you can adapt your QSR with technologies that turn challenges into opportunities.


[1] Appetize Contactless Technology Survey: Customer Trends in Restaurants, Stadiums, and Holiday Shopping During Covid-19. Appetize. Nv 11, 2020.

[2] How the Restaurant Industry Continues to Adapt to the Pandemic. Restaurant Business. Dec 7, 2020.

[3] What Customers Really Think About Drive Thru. QSR Magazine.

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.

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