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Zebra’s Wearable Solution Provide Double-Digit Gains in Worker Productivity

Posted July 29, 2016

Zebra has introduced the world’s only dedicated family of wearable devices built on the Android operating system (OS) and backed by Zebra Mobility DNA, with hands-free and speech-directed picking that increases user mobility, comfort and accuracy. Compared with traditional speech-only wearable devices, the new multi-modal solution delivers 15 percent productivity improvements, with a 39 percent reduction in errors. Zebra’s Total Wearable Solutions is the latest milestone in Zebra’s commitment to delivering “visibility that’s visionary,” following the announcements of the TC8000 mobile computer in January and the 3600 series of ultra-rugged scanners in April.

Designed for inventory management, yard management and picking and put-away applications in warehouse, manufacturing and retail environments, Zebra’s Total Wearable Solutions include:

  • The easy-to-use  WT6000 Industrial Wearable Computer, featuring a touch display and secure tap-to-pair NFC technology to easily establish connectivity with Zebra’s RS6000 Wearable Ring Scanner and HS3100 Headset as well as Zebra Bluetooth-enabled printers for increased productivity. The WT6000 arm band features non-absorbent materials for breathability and improved hygiene when worn on the arm.
  • The RS6000 Wearable Ring Scanner, which provides improved picking speed and accuracy with programmable line-of-sight LED colors to direct user activity as well as improved range and motion tolerance, even when the worker or an asset is in motion.
  • The wireless HS3100 Headset, enabling speech-driven applications and voice communications along with superior noise cancellation technology.

“Zebra’s Warehouse Vision Report found that 72 percent of nearly 1,400 logistics professionals expect to use voice-directed picking solutions by 2020, up from just 30 percent in 2015. They recognize the need to help workers focus on the task at hand, rather than on handling a device. By liberating warehouse workers’ hands and eyes, Zebra’s Total Wearable Solutions will improve productivity and enhance their mobility, comfort and accuracy with all the necessary information in sight.” – Joe White, vice president, Enterprise Mobile Computing, Zebra Technologies


Samsung-Bixolon’s New SPP-R200III Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Printer with NFC Auto Pairing Technology

Posted July 13, 2016

Samsung-Bixolon has launched their new SPP-R200III 2-inch, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Printer with NFC for POS, Payments and Auto-ID markets. Supporting NFC tagging technology for Auto-Bluetooth pairing with Android, iOS & Windows devices, alongside additional Apple MFi certification. New Auto-Switch function provides automatic switching between iOS mode and standard Bluetooth modes.

The highly reliable SPP-R200III is designed for dual purpose 58-50mm receipt and labelling with a linerless label option. Producing print speeds of 100mm/sec, with 203dpi print quality and 58mm media width (50mm option). The SPP-R200III creates high quality text, graphics and barcodes.

Featuring an IP43 dust protected and splash proof design (IP54 rated certification with BIXOLON protective case) and industry leading 2.1m drop test reliability. Alongside a battery life that provides continuous printing of 145 metres and a 24 hour standby once fully charged, the SPP-R200III is the ideal solution for printing on the move.

Identifying the need for a lightweight, compact printing solution, BIXOLON first entered the mobile printer market in 2007 with the launch of the SPP-R200 series, the world’s first compact mobile printer. Gaining a reputation for high quality and reliability, the SPP-R200 series has gained global market recognition.

“With extensive market experience and listening to customer feedback, Bixolon has developed the SPP-R200III with its 2 year warranty (including printhead) in response to the ever changing requirements of mPOS market,” explains John Kim, Marketing Director, BIXOLON Co., Ltd. “It joins our comprehensive portfolio of mPOS solutions, from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi printers to mPOS hub solutions which are tailored to fit the customer’s POS environment and budget.”


Tackling Next-Gen Point of Sale Payment

Posted June 19, 2015

What’s top of mind for most retailers? A POS system that can enable the organization to accept new mobile payment options, and that will take the EMV migration in stride. In fact, both retailers and suppliers agree that the ability to accept mobile wallet has had a significant impact on POS software purchasing decisions, as has EMV-readiness and overall payment security with the October 2015 deadline quickly approaching.

Frankly, the October 1 deadline for compliance with the EMV mandate is on every retail IT professional’s radar for 2015. The fast-approaching liability shift will place the responsibility for fraud conducted in-store squarely on the shoulders of those retailers that are not compliant by the Q4 deadline. In addition to smart card compliance, savvy retail execs are earmarking pricing intelligence, mobile, and other next-gen innovations to the top of their to-do lists. With the state of POS evolving on a constant basis, every retailer — even the most forward thinking and technological savvy — can benefit from exploring and putting a plan in place to tackle payments in 2015.

With data breaches on the rise, security is top of mind for retailers. What steps do you recommend retailers take to better secure the POS?

Many steps – from simple to more involved. First, invest in POS that’s adaptable and ready to accept future upgrades, like the acceptance of a variety of EMV devices. In terms of compatibility, does the system have enough ports to plug in third party peripherals? And, do those peripherals have the ability to address security concerns? Can you upgrade to an encryption-capable MSR? Does that MSR include a biometrics reader, to ensure user security? Does the terminal feature powered USB ports to plug in a variety of security-related devices? It all starts with a POS device that can embrace new add-ons (built-in or third party), as well as a software partner taking measures to ensure data is secured on the software side. Security is not simply the hardware, payment processor, or software provider’s responsibility. A retailer should work with all of its partners to ensure that they’re providing an environment as safe and secure as possible to transact business.

Apple Pay has officially been released and retailers have been quick to sign up. How will this and other NFC technologies impact the future of POS?

POS, in various forms, continues to be the backbone of the transaction. An operation may have traditional POS terminals, peripherals, tablets, digital displays, and customer-accessible kiosks — all part of the POS ecosystem. Apple Pay becomes another part of that ecosystem. POS systems need to be designed to anticipate new technologies. It’s a natural evolution, on-going since the days of simple cash registers, evolving to ECRs, to PCbased POS systems, now with continued evolution and a focus on the payment function of POS. The transaction doesn’t go away.

For retailers about to embark on a new POS hardware deployment, what advice would you provide?

Be open-minded. Consider an investment strategy that addresses both current and future requirements along with emerging technologies. Don’t focus strictly on price without giving thought to total cost of ownership. Think about how emerging technologies can be embraced to protect your POS investment for the future. Don’t forget the environment in which these technologies will be implemented and invest in a system that can endure to deliver maximum uptime. Select products with demonstrated reliability track records and vendor partners who offer comprehensive care programs. Regardless of new technology trends, reliability never falls out of importance or fashion.

According to the most recent RIS News Store System Study, retailers are making plans to invest in POS hardware at an increased rate. What features should they be looking at to stay ahead of the curve?

POS must be as adaptable as the businesses who are investing in POS. Newer POS technologies include EMV, near field communications, chip-and-pin, payment methods and card formats from other countries that may migrate to our market. POS must be adaptable to these changes. We can delay investment in POS waiting for the market to settle on certain POS features, or we can grow and evolve with POS as needs change. The evolution of POS is not stagnant — with new security and digital signage features, as well as enhanced customer experience, we’ll see growth and implementation throughout the market and industry.




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