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Retif Improves Order Delivery Times and Accuracy with Upgraded Multi-Modal Picking Technology

Posted May 20, 2015

Motorola WT41N0 Handheld Computers

The Challenge

Industry leader RETIF already knew the value of utilizing voice in its picking application — the wearable voice-picking solution that had been in place since 2006 had provided a 10 percent increase in the productivity of the warehouse picking workforce as well as a significant reduction in errors. The original solution had already been replaced in 2010. In 2014, the devices were ready for replacement again. As RETIF began the process of selecting a new device, several issues led to the identification of new device criteria. The TekSpeech Pro multi-modal picking solution and the WT41N0 wearable mobile computers from Zebra Technologies were chosen as the next generation solution, since VoCollect could not satisfy the new criteria.


The current speaker-dependent hardware required every user to spend a minimum of 30 minutes training the device to recognize his or her voice. In order to accommodate accents, voice speed and more, users needed to repeat a list of 50+ words multiple times. The company wanted to switch to a speaker-independent solution that would eliminate the need for users to train the software for their specific voice — but Vocollect did not offer a speaker-independent option.

Lack of multi-modal input

While pure voice input had served the company well, RETIF realized that adding a display would help further streamline the picking process for a multitude of reasons.

  • Some users weren’t comfortable with voice only. The ability to read the information on screen would not only provide the versatility to meet the needs and preferences of the entire picking workforce, it would also help users become more comfortable with voice commands more quickly, reducing errors as well as the learning curve.
  • Exception processing procedures were challenging. Users were forced to remember which sequence of words were required to delete or change an item. A touchscreen would give users the flexibility to complete exceptions with a few taps on the screen or the press of a few keys on the soft keyboard.

In addition, while the existing voice-only devices did a great job, they could only be utilized for one thing — voice picking. The company was interested in a multi-function device that could improve other warehouse processes. For example, bar code scanning would allow users to process incoming and outgoing shipments faster and more accurately. In addition, additional functionality would improve device utilization — and provide a faster return on investment. But the mobile devices available from the current provider didn’t offer this flexibility.

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Datalogic Introduces the New QuickScan QBT2131 Linear Imager

Posted May 18, 2015

Datalogic QuickScan I QBT2131 Barcode ScannersDatalogic is pleased to announce it’s newest addition to their QuickScan wireless products: the QBT2131 1D linear imager. The QBT2131 is an entry level scanner for linear bar code scanning applications. When compared to the obsolete QuickScan QM2130 imager, the new QBT2131 imagers bring to the table many enhancements in all aspects of scanning:

  • A larger range of coverage
  • A longer reading range
  • A wider scanning angle
  • Snappier bar code reading
  • Larger battery capacity with more hours in between charging (with a direct cable charging option)
  • A more durable and sturdy product

Additionally, these new QuickScan models will have the updated QuickScan product family look and will be able to share the cradle and same accessories as the QuickScan QM/QBT2400 scanners!

Features and Benefits

Datalogic has been a leading supplier of General Purpose linear imagers for many years. The QM2130 imager has been in the marketplace for more than 7 years now and has experienced a growing demand year after year because of its’ features, performance and reliability. The new QBT2131 imagers are replacing the outdated QM2131 imagers with many enhanced features that customers of the old QM2130 imagers will find to be of great benefit, including the same pricing structure.

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Datalogic’s New Magellan 9400i/9300i Bi-Optic Imagers

Posted May 14, 2015

Datalogic Magellan 9400i Barcode ScannersThe Magellan 9400i and Magellan 9300i digital imaging scanners are Datalogic’s next generation of imaging bi-optic scanners and scanner scales. By leveraging experience gained as the worldwide leader in bi-optic bar code scanning, Datalogic has created a second family of full digital imaging, high throughput scanners to meet the diverse scanning needs of the retail marketplace.

The Magellan 9400i and 9300i scanners will provide a lower cost alternative to the Magellan 9800i scanners with a more traditional form factor and scan volume. The Magellan 9800i scanner is the top end of the fixed-position scanning offerings with the highest performance and throughput available in the Magellan family.

Other offerings from Datalogic are the Magellan 8300 and the Magellan 8400 scanners, five-sided readers designed for seated cashiers and slightly lower throughput demands (although the 8300 scanner will eventually be retired, the 8400 scanner will remain available for the next few years as a laser-based alternative).

Features and Benefits

The Magellan 9300i and 9400i family of scanners and scanner scales are designed specifically to meet the needs of retailers interested in moving to full digital imaging technology, but need to maintain a lower price point than is afforded by the top performing Magellan 9800i scanner, while maintaining the familiarity of use and installation profile of traditional laser-based scanners.

Far from being ‘compromised’ products in terms of performance and features, the Magellan 9400i and 9300i scanners are high-performance and high reliability products which provide significant improvements over laser-based alternatives. Both the 9400i and 9300i series support the same level of multiplane reading and throughput for traditional 1D and 2D bar code labels with a large 4 x 6 in horizontal window and 5.1 in bonnet height with ‘on the glass’ reading of labels presented to the vertical window.

In addition to the ability to read 1D and 2D labels in multiple planes, the Magellan 9400i and 9300i scanners include unique options such as a bundled Customer Service Scanner (CSS) for customer-side e-commerce and couponing transactions with flexible mounting options to meet any checkout configuration, extended AllWeighs Platter, ScaleSentry and EAS Integration.

For assistance finding the right in-counter scanner for your needs, contact us at Barcode Discount.

Zebra’s New RFD8500 Enterprise-Class RFID Sled for iOS and Android Devices

Posted May 12, 2015

Zebra RFD8500 RFID ReadersZebra has announced its first multi-operating system RFID sled designed to easily add high-performance RFID and 1D/2D bar code scanning to Android and iOS mobile devices. The RFD8500 can also cost-effectively transform Zebra mobile devices – such as the TC55 and MC40 – into handheld RFID readers.

The RFD8500 UHF RFID reader enables businesses to leverage previous mobile device investments by adding world-class data collection capabilities. The RFD8500’s lightweight, ergonomic design offers full-shift battery life, making it ideal for inventory and asset management, product search and replenishment applications in retail stores,warehouses and healthcare environments.

“Zebra’s new RFD8500 sled provides investment protection to businesses that want to leverage their existing mobile device strategy and augment it with our RFID and barcode data collection capabilities. The RFD8500 offers numerous innovative design and technology features that will help organizations improve worker productivity and simplify inventory processes with the mobile device and operating system that best meet their needs.” – Bob Sanders, senior vice president, Data Capture Solutions and Engineering Shared Services, Zebra Technologies.

The new RFD8500 reader provides businesses with the flexibility to communicate with a variety of host devices to read and write to EPC Class 1 Gen2 UHF tags and capture 1D and 2D barcodes via Bluetooth. The RFD8500 also supports select features of the EPC Gen 2v2 standard providing retailers with additional protection of consumer privacy and against counterfeit products. With a patent-pending antenna technology, the RFD8500 represents a breakthrough design that provides maximum omni-directional range, read/write performance and coverage.

For assistance finding the right RFID device for your needs, contact us at Barcode Discount.

Media Loading on the Intermec PM4i

Posted May 7, 2015

A member of the smartest barcode printer family on the market, the PM4i is flexible and programmable, enabling customers to optimize their printing operations, streamline deployment, and achieve quick return on investment. Built to meet the needs of mission-critical applications, the rugged PM4i delivers advanced, secure connectivity and the latest network protocols, ensuring peace-of-mind today and a reliable, scalable solution for the long haul.

The PM4i is one of Intermec’s most popular printers due to it’s simple yet efficient operation. This how-to video illustrates just how easy and quick it is to change media on the printer.

Star’s SM-L200 New Bluetooth Receipt Printer

Posted May 6, 2015

Star SM-L200 Portable Label PrinterThe SM-L200 is  the newest addition to Star’s line of mobile Bluetooth-based receipt printers. The 2″ portable printer is the perfect solution for applications that require high quality receipt printing in the field.

The SM-L200 is the first portable printer currently on the market which offers the ability to connect any Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, iOS BLE compatible device without having to pair to it. With no limitation on the number of devices connected, BLE is the perfect solution for BYOD (bring your own device) environments that does not require any certification or prior authorization from your iOS operating system. In addition to the BLE feature for iOS, the SM-L200 is Bluetooth (3.0/ 4.0) compatible with all operating systems (Windows, Android, and iOS).

For assistance finding the right Star printer for your needs, contact us at Barcode Discount.


Dartmouth Finds Foolproof Method for ID Card Printing with the ZXP Series 7

Posted May 1, 2015

Zebra ZXP Series 7 ID PrinterChallenge

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. The school has approximately 4,200 undergraduate and 2,100 graduate students.

At Dartmouth, the DA$H card is “the most important piece of plastic” students carry. With their student identification cards, they access dorms and special classrooms, buy meals, check out library books, wash laundry, print documents, attend athletic events, and even pay for items and activities such as ski passes, canoe rentals or ballroom dance lessons. All on-campus establishments accept the pre-loaded DA$H card.

“The only things a student needs to carry on campus are a cell phone and DA$H card. It’s accepted everywhere so there’s no need to carry any cash,” said Heidi Bellimer, Card Office Manager and a 28-year staffer at Dartmouth.

Faculty, staff and thousands of people who attend summer camps also receive Dartmouth identification cards. In total, the university’s Card Office prints more than 10,000 cards annually – up to 300 on the busiest days.

As the university’s previous card printers aged, Card Office staff members were frustrated by slow printing and the amount of time operators spent changing supplies or fixing jams. Additionally, the printers didn’t always encode cards correctly, requiring a second step to verify encoding – adding significant time to producing each card.

But it was difficult to find printers that would work with the university’s Lenel access control system, which houses student information and photos. The Lenel On-Guard access control system has a limited list of approved printer models for use with the production of ID cards.
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Zebra’s New ZQ500 Series Rugged Mobile Printers

Posted April 28, 2015

Zebra ZQ510 Portable Label PrinterZebra has recently introduced the strong, durable ZQ500 Series mobile printers. Featuring a military-grade design, the 3″ (72 mm) ZQ510 and the 4″ (104 mm) ZQ520 are the industry’s most rugged mobile printers available. The ZQ500 Series is Zebra’s high-performance mobile line and is designed to meet the needs of companies and users whose primary work takes them outside the standard four-wall office environment. The printers help users remain fast, agile and responsive—critical job performance criteria for individuals working in government, transportation & logistics and select manufacturing roles. Designed to withstand the bumps, bangs, drops, accidents and environmental extremes that are common in mobile environments, the printers perform in even under the most challenging and severe conditions.​

Military-Grade Design

When you think about a day in the life of a mobile employee, the importance of durability is clear. And as Zebra’s most rugged product line, the ZQ500 Series is ideal in unforgiving environments. The printers feature a patented, military-grade design that meets third-party-verified MIL-STD 810G military standards for shock, vibration and temperature exposure. These printers are designed to withstand repeated drops to concrete from 6.5′ on multiple sides as well as rigorous 1-meter tumble tests. The optional exoskeleton case adds to the printers’ durability: with the case, printers can withstand drops to concrete from up to 10′. Not only can the printers withstand the regular drops, bumps and collisions that occur on the road, but they also guard media from being ejected when the printer is dropped—meaning the data and information remain secure and intact.

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A New Version of BarTender is Coming!

Posted April 24, 2015

Seagull BarTender 10.1 Barcode Label SoftwareThe industry’s most popular and easiest to use label design software, BarTender, is about to get a new major update release!

The new version of BarTender will bring some of the most requested features and enhancements. More details on these will be coming shortly but as all previous updates, you can expect a range of features to make the label making and management process even more efficient and streamlined.

No matter the application size, from a few labels a day to an automated warehouse or distribution center, Seagull’s Bartender has the tools to make printing easy with high quality results.

Contact one of our account managers to stay connected when the new release is available.


Super Taco Super-Sizes Sales and Customer Engagement with Star’s AsuraCPRNT Kiosk

Posted April 20, 2015

Star AsuraCPRNT POS PrinterEstablished in 1991, Super Taco Mexican Restaurants serves authentic, home-style Mexican food that has been recognized by local media as “the best in town.” In addition to preparing food from unique recipes and using only the freshest ingredients, the operator prides itself on valuing its customers and providing the highest caliber of services to patrons of its four locations in the Sacramento, California area.

Despite this reputation, Super Taco’s operation needed to improve its marketing plan. At the time, the restaurateur had no way to amass a list of patrons and their email addresses, communicate with customers, reward loyal patrons with preferential treatment, or reach out to individuals who had not visited the establishment for a while. Other than relying on employees’ memories, there was no means of recognizing patrons between visits to the restaurant, especially when they returned after an absence of a few weeks or months. Neither collecting customer feedback after each visit, nor obtaining customer demographics, was possible.

The Solution

To address these issues, Super Taco deployed a bundled solution comprised of one Star AsuraCPRNT mini kiosk and the Riiwards Inc.’s customer loyalty application.AsuraCPRNT is a robust, feature-rich, interactive all-in-one mini-kiosk that delivers audio-visual messages on its own screen as well as on external digital signage. Standing 15 inches tall, the kiosk offers powerful computing capabilities in the form of a reliable ARM processor that manages its seven-inch touch-screen display and integrated, high-speed three-inch receipt printer. These capabilities, coupled with the option to drive content to other devices (e.g., smart phones, tablets and digital signage) make AsuraCPRNT a powerful customer engagement tool and allow operators to consistently provide an interactive in-store experience that leads to repeat business.

Meanwhile, Riiwards is a simple, yet powerful cloud-based solution that makes optimal use of email, mobile, and social media technologies to drive profitability. It automatically builds “opt-in” email and phone lists, as well as detailed customer profiles (name, gender, age group, birthday, and anniversary), using data input by customers into the kiosk. Blanket or segmented email communications (e.g., targeted toward patrons who have not recently visited the store or restaurant recently, or to individuals in a particular demographic group) can be produced using Riiwards’ world-class email templates. Reports detailing daily customer activities, customer analytics, and demographics are easily created.

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