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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 ZQ110 Most Compact 2″ Mobile Printer

Posted April 3, 2015

Zebra ZQ110 Portable Label PrinterThe new ZQ110 is Zebra’s smallest and most affordable 2-inch mobile receipt printer – combining an ultra-compact design with rugged durability and reliable performance. Small and lightweight enough to fit in a pocket or wear comfortably on a belt for an entire shift, the ZQ110 is the perfect match for printing on the go

Offering Bluetooth and WLAN support, as well as a full-shift battery life, the ZQ110 is made for use in the field. The ZQ110 printer also offers an optional magnetic stripe reader (MSR) for applications that require reading loyalty gift cards or for authenticating a user. The ZQ110 also supports the latest Android, Windows and Apple (MFi-certified) operating systems to easily integrate with any mobile device.

Ideal application uses:

  • Receipt Printing in Mobile Point-of-Sale and Queue-busting
  • Simple Receipt Printing
  • On-Demand Receipts for Store Pre-sales
  • Invoices and Deliveries
  • Merchandise Specifications
  • Mobile Promotion Vouchers
  • Merchandise Pick-up Slips
  • VIP Access Upgrade
  • Wholesale Distributors’ Route Accounting (DSD)
  • Field Service Receipts
  • Passenger Ticketing
  • E-Citation

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


Datalogic’s Stylish and Full-Featured Cobalto CO5300 Presentation Scanner

Posted March 30, 2015

During daily retail scanning activities, an operator’s best experience is to work with a fast, easy-to-use, friendly, and pleasant looking device that they can rely on. Combining all these features together, the new Cobalto CO5300  from Datalogic guarantees an excellent value for customers looking for outstanding performance in a stylish and full-featured omnidirectional presentation scanner.


Zebra’s New Symbol DS7708 Sets New Standard for Retail Scanning

Posted March 20, 2015

Motorola Symbol DS7708 Barcode ScannersZebra has introduced their new Symbol DS7708 2D vertical slot scanner. The compact DS7708 is easy to install and ideal for wide variety of  retail applications including food retailers (grocery stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets), specialty retailers (Do-It-Yourself, hardware, pet supplies) and pharmacies where it can help improve efficiency and customer service at the point of sale. Protect sales and improve customer service with the power to ring up purchase faster than ever with the DS7708.

Key Features:

  • Captures virtually any barcode (1D/2D displayed on mobile devices or printed labels) even if the codes are damaged, poorly printed or dirty
  • PRZM imaging technology resets the bar for 2D imaging by improving decode performance and snappiness
  • High swipe speeds allow store associates to pass barcodes quickly in front of the scanner – dramatically improving the and reducing customer waiting times
  • Automatically deactivate electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags that help reduce theft
  • Imagining capabilities allows cashiers to easily take a picture of a check or ID card to meet store requirements or industry regulations
  • Recessed scan window is protected from marks and scratches that can impair performance
  • Connectors and scanning components are located toward the top of the unit, preventing it from being damaged by splashes and spills
  • Supports over 90 international keyboards and utilizes auto-detect cables for fast and easy deployment

TSC’s New Affordable DA200 Series Compact Desktop Printer

Posted March 9, 2015

Photo of TSC DA200 SeriesTSC has expanded its line of compact printers with the introduction of the new DA200 Series, a direct thermal desktop printer that provides an unbeatable combination of affordability and performance.

Scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2015, the new DA200 Series is ideally suited for a wide variety of applications, including product marking, retail point of sale, business-parcel shipping, entertainment ticketing and small-office administration.

The DA200 Series offers a choice of either 203 dpi or 300 dpi (dots-per-inch) resolution and is driven by a heavy-duty 60-watt power supply that allows it to quickly generate high-quality labels at print speeds up to five inches per second.

For easy loading, the DA200 Series employs a user-friendly double-wall clamshell design with a large 5-inch (outside diameter) center-biased media bay. The spring-loaded label roll holder makes loading simple. Top-of-form sensing – by gap, black mark or notch – is standard. The printer also comes with a head-open sensor.

USB 2.0 connectivity is standard, and Ethernet, Serial RS-232, USB host connections, Bluetooth and 802-11b/g/n Wi-Fi are available as options.

Surplus memory, powerful programming language

The DA200 Series is loaded with memory – 128 MB Flash and 64 MB SDRAM – permitting the easy storage of fonts, international character sets and graphics. The printer supports, “out of the box,” a fully compatible set of standard industry emulations, including Line Mode, Eltron and Zebra languages, making it easy to replace old installed hardware.

Applications

  • Small parcel shipping
  • Mail room address and routing labels
  • Shipping and receiving
  • Entertainment and transportation ticketing
  • Retail point-of-sale
  • File-folder labeling

Key features

  • High quality double-walled clamshell design
  • Five-inches-per-second print speed
  • 64 MB SDRAM and 128 MB Flash memory
  • Easy media loading
  • USB 2.0 standard
  • Out-of-the-box TSPL-EZ firmware emulation of Eltron and Zebra languages

Touch Dynamic Quest Tablet and Epson Mobilink P20 Bundle Now Available

Posted March 5, 2015

2015-03-05_0955A rugged, Windows-based, EMV and NFC ready tablet, the Quest is ideal for virtually any POS or rugged environment. The Quest Tablet features a 7” or 10” sleek LCD screen and can withstand drops of up to 4 feet. The Quest is IP 54 rated and naturally suited for use in any tough environment. Supporting an Intel Quad Core BayTrail-T processor, the Quest tablet boasts ultra-low power consumption and quick speed. The Intel BayTrail-T CPU makes it possible for the Quest to support Windows 8.1 Pro, enabling the device to handle heavy applications.

Quest Tablet Highlights:

  • Available in both 7” and 10” Projected Capacitive Screens
  • Ultra low power consumption with Quad Core Bay Trail T Processor
  • Ruggedized design conforming to IP54 rating and 4 ft drop specification
  • Full Windows 8.1 Support
  • Standard MSR, NFC and charging dock
  • Optional EMV, barcode scanner and premium charging dock 

Epson Mobilink P20 Highlights:

  • Ultra small size with solid design
  • Best battery life, 8 hrs bluetooth, 6 hrs WiFi
  • Fast print speed, up to 100 mm/sec
  • Flexible connectivity
  • Easy integration

Make any Cash Drawer Wireless with Star’s DK-AirCash

Posted February 18, 2015

Star DK-AirCashTraditionally, cash drawers are controlled manually (key operated) or by a wired connection to a Point of Sale system or through a wired connection to a receipt printer. The DK-AirCash enables the control of the cash drawer either directly through WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth or MFi certified Bluetooth (Apple certified for use with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) connection. The DK-AirCash connects through the cash drawer’s drawer kick port. This upgrades an existing cash drawer’s interface from a 24v printer connection to a WiFi Ethernet, Bluetooth or MFi certified Bluetooth or connection.

Once physically connected, simply integrate the StarIO SDK (software development kit) into your application to start using DK-AirCash. By allowing secure control of your cash drawer wirelessly, you now have flexibility to configure the store layout without restriction due to wiring or other traditional infrastructure limitations.

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NYC cigarette display ban could spark greater need for inventory systems

Posted March 18, 2013

Grocery chains, drug stores and other food retailers in New York City may soon have to hide their tobacco products.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg – who recently attempted to halt large sugary drink consumption in the city – announced the proposition of another health law that could affect stores’ product displays.

Under the terms of the Tobacco Product Display Restriction bill, businesses that sell tobacco products like cigarettes would have to take them off store shelves and keep them in a place that is not visible to shoppers, except during purchase and restocking.

“Such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity,” Bloomberg said, according to Washington Post. “And they invite young people to experiment with tobacco.”

Tobacco stores would be an exception to the ban.

If the bill passes, food sellers and other companies that carry tobacco items will have to determine the most effective way to store and sell them. Because these products will no longer be out in the open, some company managers may find it more difficult to effectively track and manage stock. Businesses may consider relying on an inventory management system and barcode scanners to insure products orders and sales are properly overseen.

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St. Patrick’s Day creates opportunities for retailers

Posted March 15, 2013

The holidays are always a great time for retailers to roll out new products and show off their new point of sale systems because consumers are looking to continue their celebrations. St. Patrick’s Day is no different, and a recent survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF) revealed total spending for the holiday is expected to approach nearly $5 billion.

Retailers must ensure they have plenty of festive attire in stock with the survey showing the average person will spend nearly $35 on green clothing, decor and spirits. A well managed inventory system is the perfect tool to ensure everything is in stock to meet customer expectations.

“St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect reminder that spring is right around the corner, and given the type of winter many Americans have had, it’s safe to say consumers are ready to shake off their winter blues with a little green,” said Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the NRF. “Budget-conscious shoppers will look for promotions ahead of time hoping to kill two birds with one stone, shopping for Easter gifts while picking out shamrock-themed decorations.”

U.S. News & World Report noted holiday budgets will become a little bit larger, especially for consumers who are looking to enjoy themselves by indulging in a few cocktails or a nice meal. Businesses of all kinds must be prepared for the added sales potential created by St. Patrick’s Day.

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New point of sale systems can lead to cybercrime

Posted March 13, 2013

The days of the traditional point of sale system are coming to an end, as both retailers and consumers are seeking more intelligent POS checkout technology. However, a recent article for Engineering and Technology magazine said any improvement will not come without the risk of a cyberattack.

Failing to protect innovative point of sale systems could lead to compromised credit, debit and gift cards, creating unhappy customers, which is exactly what happened to Subway from 2008-2011 when it implemented its new point of sale system, said the magazine.

“Retail cybercrime is the crime of the future,” Dave Marcus, director of security and communications at McAfee, told the magazine. “Instead of coming in with guns and robbing the till, criminals can target businesses, root them from across the planet, and steal digitally.”

Combating cybercrime isn’t easy for today’s retailers, but a report from Deloitte talked about how developing a threat intelligence plan could help the company defend against hacking incidents that have yet to happen. The report recommends that IT staff and senior board members must work together on the creation of such an initiative.

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