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Three Benefits of Using FlexShelf AMRs in Your Warehouse

Posted October 5, 2023
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Warehouse picking operations everywhere are struggling with unprecedented increasing demand, meeting impossible speed expectations, and critical labor shortages for warehouse workers.

Fortunately, there are solutions that can help you keep up.

You’ve probably heard about the many benefits of using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in your warehouse. FlexShelf Fulfillment AMRs from Zebra and Barcodes can be a game-changer for your business and help your operations run even more efficiently. There are several advantages of incorporating FlexShelf AMR fulfillment solutions in your picking and fulfillment operations.

Three Reasons to Choose FlexShelf AMRs

FlexShelf AMRs feature an adaptable interface and can be seamlessly configured for a wide range of fulfillment operations, picking tasks, and automated material movement activities. Here are three advantages to choosing Zebra FlexShelf AMRs.

1. Increase Pick Productivity by Three Times

With FlexShelf AMRs, you can dramatically increase the number of orders your warehouse workers can process per hour. With FlexShelf, they’ll be able to pick three times as many products as they could before — without any additional training, support, or staff.

2. Reduce Cycle Times

FlexShelf gives you the ability to seamlessly switch between different products, allowing your workers to get orders out faster than ever before. You can also configure multiple lanes for each product type, which helps reduce wait time and increases customer satisfaction. FlexShelf also features unique pick-to-light and put-to-side capabilities that will significantly reduce cycle times.

3. Flexible Shelf Configurations

Imagine not needing a dedicated space for every product type. FlexShelf allows you to create customizable shelving that makes it easy to swap out products on the fly as necessary.  Shelves are adjustable with large dimensional capacity to accommodate a wide variety of totes, bins, and boxes of all sizes.

Perhaps the biggest advantage is that FlexShelf can leverage your existing systems and does not require any costly modifications or disruptions to your facilities.

Learn More About Fetch FlexShelf AMRs from Zebra and Barcodes

To learn more about implementing Zebra robotics solutions, including FlexShelf, in your warehouse, contact our team at Barcodes. Our AMR experts can answer your questions and provide cost-effective & efficient recommendations tailored to your unique needs.  Reach out to us online or call (855) 233-2917.

Fetch Robotics AMRs Provide Powerful Solutions to Labor Challenges

Posted September 7, 2023

Companies nationwide are struggling to find qualified manufacturing labor, leaving many critical positions unfilled. The labor crisis isn’t going away any time soon. A recent study by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute revealed that the U.S. could see 2.1 million open manufacturing jobs by 2030, with a critical lack of skilled labor to staff those open roles. Manufacturers surveyed also reported that finding qualified talent is 36% harder than in 2018.

How can you prepare your business to remain productive and profitable during the worst labor crisis of our time?

Fetch Robotics are autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) from Zebra that seamlessly fill the labor gap, working alongside existing employees to improve efficiency, productivity, and accuracy.

Empower Your Employees with Fetch Robotics

Are you worried that your staff will think they’re about to be replaced by robots? Think again. Fetch robotics work alongside your team, empowering them with the tools they need to be more productive than ever.

Zebra AMRs can do the monotonous tasks your employees dread so they can focus on higher-level duties. Your employees will be overjoyed when they realize Fetch can push pallets for miles in the heat, so they don’t have to.

You can also delegate heavy lifting to the robots, protecting your employees from strain and possible injury. AMRs give your frontline team members a safer, more productive, and enjoyable job, reducing turnover and physical burnout while increasing employee satisfaction.

Fetch Robotics Means Improved Productivity

Zebra’s Fetch Robotics can deliver three times more productivity to your manufacturing plant by automating material movement. 

AMRS can move inbound goods, pick orders, and recycle, allowing workers to stay in their zone instead of wasting time walking back and forth carrying inventory around the warehouse.

Imagine how focused, productive, and less physically exhausted these workers will be. They’ll produce, pick, pack, and put away more items than ever before without the physical burnout that can result in reduced efficiency. You and your team will be amazed by how much more productive they are in tandem with AMRs.

When Can the Robots Start?

You might be surprised at how easy it is to add robotics to your warehouse.  Learn how AMRs add value immediately, help you plan for the future, and safeguard your operations with Fetch Robotics from Barcodes. The experts from Barcodes can seamlessly integrate Zebra robotics solutions without disrupting your warehouse operations. Questions? Reach out to us online or call (855) 233-2917.

Is Your Business Growing? Zebra Mobility Management Solutions Have You Covered

Posted August 8, 2023

Your business is continually growing and changing. And that means that your business needs are constantly evolving. That’s why we’ve created mobility management solutions that grow with you. Whether you’re a medium-sized organization or a global corporation, Barcodes, Inc. has the mobility management solutions that will work best for your enterprise.

Mobility Management Solutions for Your Zebra Devices

When you partner with Barcodes’ for managed mobility solutions, we’ll help you scale up from tens to hundreds to thousands of devices—and as your needs change, we’ll make sure that your fleet stays up-to-date and reliable with the best selection of the newest Zebra technology.

Our managed mobility solutions include everything from new device set-up to routine maintenance so that as your company grows and changes, we’ll take care of managing the fleet of mobile devices you depend on to keep your operations running smoothly. We’re always here to help you with 24/7 support services from our team of experts who know your business from the inside out.

Zebra Technology for your Growing Business

Our comprehensive Zebra product portfolio offers a diverse selection of the latest Zebra technology to choose from, including rugged mobile devices, printers, software, barcode scanners, RFID solutions, and more. This wide range of products addresses a variety of customer requirements and offers complete solutions tailored to your unique needs.

Here are several Zebra products from Barcodes that are expertly designed for businesses of all sizes:

smartphone-style device that is all business.

  • TC72/TC77 Mobile Computers: A smartphone experience for maximum simplicity, designed to withstand years of the toughest use.

Get Growing with Custom Mobility Management Solutions

Barcodes can help you navigate the complex world of mobility solutions, saving you time and money along the way. Connect with us to learn more about how Barcodes’ Mobility Management Solutions can meet the unique mobility needs of your business. Get started today by contacting a Barcodes Mobility Expert online or calling us at (855) 233-2917.

Boost Employee Productivity with Mobility Management from Barcodes

Posted July 19, 2023

Organizations enjoy many benefits when they take advantage of comprehensive mobility management solutions from Barcodes.

From security and strategic support to device configuration and software integration, Barcodes’ mobility management solutions can help you optimize your Zebra devices, reduce IT spending, secure critical data, and more. But did you know our mobility management solutions can also significantly improve productivity in your operations?

When your employees can’t depend on their mobile devices, they can’t get their jobs done. When their devices fail or have frequent device downtime, productivity suffers and employees become frustrated and inefficient.

What Lost Productivity Means for Your Business

If your employees are regularly annoyed by their unreliable mobile devices, they’ll be less productive which quickly becomes problematic for your business. 

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Many organizations struggle with mobility management, which lead to issues like these:

  • Employees are unable to access the correct information right when they need it, leading to costly delays and errors.
  • Employees are unable to use their devices for as long as they need to, whether because of broken equipment or other device failures like drained batteries. When this happens, productivity tanks and employees are left aggravated and inefficient.
  • When devices aren’t maintained properly, equipment has to be replaced more often.  This means wasted money on unnecessary equipment and lost time and productivity while IT staff configures and sets up devices. 

Mobility Management Solutions That Will Solve Your Challenges

Barcodes is proud to offer comprehensive mobility management solutions to our valued clients. Barcodes’ end-to-end support of your equipment, from initial provisioning until device retirement, will give your employees peace of mind knowing that their Zebra devices will function when needed. When your employees have consistently reliable devices, their productivity improves, your profits increase, and happier and more engaged employers stay at their jobs longer.

With Barcodes on your team, you’ll be confident that your Zebra devices are working correctly and your team will be more productive than ever. You can focus on what’s most important – running your business.

Get Started with Expert Mobility Management Solutions

Stop losing money and start increasing productivity today. Learn more about how Barcodes’ Mobility Management Solutions can drastically improve productivity in your business. Get started today by contacting a Barcodes Mobility Expert online or calling us at (855) 233-2917.

How Involving Clinicians in Supply Chain Management Improves Patient Outcomes

Posted July 5, 2023

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In healthcare, it’s no secret that successful patient outcomes depend mainly on the nurses, lab techs and other frontline clinicians at the center of patient interactions. And it’s no mystery that positive results also depend on having the necessary supplies at the place and time they are needed.

What is a mystery, however, is why many hospitals, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory surgery centers fail to involve frontline staff in supply chain management fully. In fact, many healthcare organizations treat inventory management as an administrative task that’s largely separate from hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute clinical operations.

When results depend on what happens on the frontline, doesn’t it make sense to integrate supply chain management right into healthcare workflows?

The answer, of course, is an emphatic “Yes!” and is the topic of a recent healthcare webinar hosted by Barcodes, Inc., with featured guests from Zebra Technologies and Christus Health.

Step One: Involve Frontline Nurses and Clinicians in Inventory Management

When the COVID pandemic hit in March 2020, many healthcare organizations learned how resilient or fragile their supply chains actually were. COVID-related responses tested the entire healthcare system, with workforces strained to — or even beyond — their limits.

It’s safe to say that every healthcare organization dealt with inventory problems during COVID. And it wasn’t just PPD that was affected; just about every critical asset or inventory item was in short supply at one time or another. Organizations with good visibility into inventory on the frontlines had more flexibility to adapt, moving supplies where they most needed them and keeping on top of essential stocks. However, for organizations that did not have supply chain management integrated into frontline operations, every aspect of inventory management was an ongoing struggle, with patients and frontline staff bearing much of the burden.

For many healthcare leaders, this was a lesson in the importance of integrating supply chain management into the routine workflows of every clinician, especially the nurses and lab techs whose effectiveness depends on the availability of supplies.

There are two key takeaways here. First, it is critical to ensure frontline staff has the tools to access and update inventory information as a routine part of their activities without interrupting caregiving. Second, instead of relying on separate and manual inventory processes, inventory data needs to be captured and acted upon automatically in real time because nobody can make time to take inventory when staff is working double or triple shifts.

Step Two: Put Technology to Work

The good news is that the tools needed to integrate inventory processes and supply chain management into routine healthcare workflows are easily attainable. Just about everything necessary to gain real-time inventory visibility can be captured with the mobile devices already being deployed to improve clinician communication and collaboration.

The key is to ensure that mobile devices have data capture capabilities that can be integrated into existing ERP systems. With this capability, every time supplies are moved or used, the action is seamlessly recorded with a handheld mobile computer or tablet in real time.

Integrating inventory data capture links every process to inventory management. Suddenly, nurses and other clinicians become a routine part of supply chain management — without disrupting their usual workflows. The result is that frontline personnel can see what is available, and administrators receive the real-time information they need to make data-driven inventory decisions.

With this simple step, the need for manual inventory processes is significantly reduced, and supply chain management is greatly simplified — even automated. And, because fewer out-of-stock situations mean supplies are available when nurses and other clinicians need them, patients receive better care.

It’s even possible to use the same approach to streamline billing, capturing supplies usage in patient electronic medical records.

Barcodes and Christus Health

Barcodes, Inc. worked closely with Christus Health to deploy a range of Zebra mobile devices throughout their clinical operations. They chose Zebra devices because they’re specifically engineered for healthcare usage, with rugged materials that withstand frequent disinfection, and because they deliver proven barcode scanning tools that make it easy to integrate inventory management into healthcare workflows.

To learn more about how Zebra devices can streamline supply chain management, watch the replay of our webinar or contact your Barcodes, Inc. representative.

Go Green with Eco-Friendly Zebra Mobile Devices

Posted June 27, 2023

The best mobile devices are those that are also good for the planet. If you are searching for the best mobility strategy, it’s essential to consider environmental impact and choose effective yet sustainable solutions.

Eco-friendly Zebra mobile devices are the ideal solution for protecting the environment and reducing your carbon footprint. Barcodes provides a wide range of products expertly designed for sustainability, from package design to battery consumption levels to recycling programs.

Eco-Friendly Zebra Mobile Devices to Power Your Operations

Although people may think sustainable products have a shorter lifespan, Barcodes carries products engineered to last and withstand the rigors of everyday use. Procuring long-lasting, quality products, such as eco-friendly Zebra mobile devices, is a simple step manufacturers can take to protect the environment.

Since Zebra devices last much longer than typical consumer devices, organizations can be confident knowing they are saving resources, preventing unnecessary waste, and ultimately helping to protect the planet.

Barcodes offers the right eco-friendly Zebra mobile devices to fit your needs. If you are looking for an advanced Android mobile computer, the MC33X series is a lightweight, versatile handheld computer expertly designed to improve workforce productivity and efficiency.

If you need rugged tablets, the ET4X series features thin, light enterprise tablets built with integrated scanning for fast, accurate data capture. Both series boast sustainable features and are:

  • Equipped with Green battery technology
  • Designed with superior power efficiency and lightning-fast charging
  • Free from environmental toxins
  • Packaged sustainably

Go Zebra Buy-Back Program

When you’re ready to upgrade to new equipment, consider using Zebra’s convenient Buy-Back Program, Go Zebra.  This environment-friendly, cost-savings program, allows them to securely return pre-owned Zebra devices, thereby reducing harmful landfill waste (ask a Barcodes Rep how companies also get cashback for their old equipment!).

Because batteries are such a hazard to landfills, Barcodes can help you choose mobility devices with green battery technology, such as the TC57x.  This improved battery has a longer lifespan, so you purchase fewer batteries as backups and fewer batteries end up in landfills.

Need Help Choosing Eco-Friendly Zebra Mobile Devices?

Barcodes offers a wide range of environmentally safe and secure recycling services and comprehensive product recycling information specific to each product.

Selecting the right devices that will work for your business AND protect the environment is easy with Barcodes – we are here to help you find the right device that’s also good for the planet! Get started today by contacting a Barcodes Mobility Expert online or calling us at (855) 233-2917.

Navigating the AMR Landscape: Determining the Best Solution for Your Business Goals (Webinar)

Posted June 8, 2023

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Webinar Details

Navigating the Autonomous Mobile Robotics (AMR) Landscape

Tuesday, June 20th 2023

1:00pm Central

Presented By

David Lin – Product Manager, Robotics Automation at Zebra Technologies

Manthan Pawar – Product Manager – Robotics and AI at Barcodes, Inc.

Why AMR Matters for Your Organization

Join our roundtable discussion with industry experts, thought leaders, and fellow manufacturing/warehousing professionals to delve deeper into the rapidly expanding robotics industry.

Gain valuable insights and discover crucial strategies to help you make an informed decision on whether AMR solutions are right for your business.

This webinar will answer the following questions:

  • How can you identify the right AMR solution amidst the crowded marketplace?
  • What are the key factors to consider to ensure a successful deployment?
  • How can AMRs be leveraged amidst budget constraints and what are the long-term cost savings associated with the implementation?

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in an interactive panel discussion and have your pressing questions answered by our distinguished robotics panelists.

Watch the Full Robotics Webinar Recording

How the Healthcare Supply Chain Impacts the Patient Care Experience

Posted June 7, 2023

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Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Healthcare Supply Chain on the Patient Care Experience

Thursday, June 22, 2023

11:00 AM CT

Join us for an insightful webinar led by Zebra’s Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Rikki Jennings, featuring leaders from CHRISTUS Health, Zebra, and Barcodes Inc.

This panel discussion will explore how an efficient and optimized supply chain can elevate the way patients receive care, ensuring improved outcomes and enhanced satisfaction.

Presented By:

Rikki Jennings, Zebra Technologies, CNIO

John Wirthlin, Zebra Technologies, Industry Principal

Steve Beno, Barcodes, Director of Healthcare Sales

Tim Tassone, Barcodes, Principal Solutions Architect

Featured Speakers:

Susan Pustka, RN, CHRISTUS Health, Director, Infor ERP Services – Technical

Curt Evans, CHRISTUS Health, Director, Infor ERP Services – Supply Chain Management

Key Discussion Points in the Webinar:

Our panel of healthcare supply chain technology experts will address these key topics:

  • Importance of supply chain management and its impact on patient care
  • Bridging the gap between supply chain and clinical care by involving nursing leadership in the discussion

Watch the Healthcare Supply Chain Technology Webinar

Reliable Zebra Device Procurement from the Experts at Barcodes, Inc.

Posted May 2, 2023

Your warehouse devices are one of the foundations of your operation so it’s crucial that you are using the best equipment for your company.  Finding the right choices for your enterprise’s unique needs can be challenging because, without a doubt, device procurement takes significant time and research.  If you get it wrong, it could mean disaster for your daily operations.  Let’s make sure you make the right choices so management will see your operations running smoothly and efficiently.

Proven Process for Device Procurement

Barcodes has a proven approach to device procurement. The experts at Barcodes take the time to understand your company’s unique needs, identify suitable Zebra devices, and efficiently navigate complex supply chain challenges to deliver a world-class product and experience.

Barcodes will get input from different members of your team so they gather in-depth knowledge of your current devices and then work with you to identify the best enterprise mobility solution to meet your needs. Our team of experts leverages our knowledge of the industry, technology trends, and market landscape to ensure we provide your company with the best solutions.

At Barcodes, we believe that procuring the right Zebra devices for your enterprise is critical. We understand that finding the right solution takes time and careful consideration so we take the time to get to know your business, and its unique needs before recommending any solutions.

The Right Zebra Devices at Your Fingertips

Barcodes is proud to be an authorized Zebra reseller. What does that mean for you? First, Barcodes has exclusive access to the latest Zebra technologies, giving you a head start on the newest devices and groundbreaking solutions. Additionally, Barcodes can fill your order with genuine Zebra devices backed by a Zebra warranty, so you can be confident knowing your devices are protected. Plus, you’ll enjoy the world-class technical support that only Zebra + Barcodes can provide.

Leave Device Procurement to the Experts – Get Started Today!

You don’t need to lose sleep over Zebra device procurement. Learn more about how our true Mobility Management service with Zebra device procurement can make a difference for your business. Get started today by contacting a Barcodes Mobility Expert online or calling us at (855) 233-2917.

Managed Mobility Services: Streamline your Enterprise Mobility Process with Barcodes & Zebra

Posted April 24, 2023

With enterprise mobility, large organizations face many challenges, ranging from managing a diverse workforce to supporting multiple locations and various devices.

Managed mobility services (MMS) from Barcodes, Inc. and Zebra Technologies do the heavy lifting of device procurement, management, security, reporting, and more for you.

Barcodes, Inc.’s managed mobility services can help you develop a smarter way to manage your devices. Barcodes can secure and manage the entire life cycle of your mobile devices, from device procurement to provisioning, maintenance, and end of life. Barcodes offers a wide selection of Zebra devices at stable, predictable costs to help unburden and empower your IT teams. 

What is Managed Mobility Services?  

Managed mobility services are critical in building and managing successful enterprise mobility. MMS helps companies manage the secure use of mobile devices, apps, and data across all their employees and third parties. Your organization’s mobile devices (such as the rugged Zebra MC3300 handheld series or the new Zebra FX series fixed RFID readers) are properly managed and secure.

With MMS, consolidate your mobile device management needs into one single, easy-to-use service without increasing costs.

Set up devices, install apps, secure data, and more—all while ensuring your employees have the tools they need to get their jobs done, no matter where they are. 

How Barcodes, Inc.’s MMS Model Delivers, Every Time  

Barcodes, Inc. is a trusted leader in mobility management, with world-class experience, knowledge, and complex mobility management skills you can depend on.  We will work with you and your team to deploy, secure, and manage your entire diverse mobile fleet to assure an optimized warehouse is the outcome. 

Barcodes’ comprehensive MMS model features the solutions your mobility strategy needs, including: 

  • Device Evaluation & Procurement 
  • Provisioning & Deployment 
  • 24/7 Support & Helpdesk 
  • Technology Support Platform 
  • Reporting & Analytics 
  • MDM Design & Management 
  • Device Life Cycle Management

Get a Free Managed Mobility Services Assessment Today 

If you’d like to learn more and are unsure where to start, the first step is to request a free assessment. One of our experts will learn more about your company and your unique needs.

Next, our team of specialists will thoroughly assess how Barcodes, Inc.’s managed mobility services can help meet the mobility needs of your enterprise.

Get started today by contacting a Barcodes Mobility Expert online or calling us at (855) 233-2917. 

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