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New Transport and Logistics Technology Can Slash Pickup, Delivery Times

Delivery man

The New Year promises increased adoption of transport and logistics technology, according to a recent survey by Intermec. Transport and logistics companies from around the world project that arming the mobile workforce with new technology could cut pick-up times by 30 percent, while also driving down delivery times by 29 percent, the survey indicated. As a result, customer satisfaction would ... Read More »

Voice Picking Systems Improve Warehouse Productivity By 20 Percent

Datalogic Lynx PDA

According to Datalogic, voice picking systems improve warehouse productivity by 10 to 20 percent. That’s good news for users of the Datalogic Lynx PDA, Elf PDA, Memor, and Skorpio X3 mobile computers, which now use Wavelink Speakeasy applications to significantly streamline the picking process and increase inventory accuracy. Speed up the picking process Voice-picking systems shorten the time needed to pick an order by ... Read More »


RFID tag

Want to know more about RFID? Scan our RFID FAQs for questions commonly asked about this popular technology. How RFID Works How can you tell whether a tag is going in or out of an area? The most reliable and cost-effective solution for tracking the direction assets are moving is to use infrared sensors with fixed RFID readers. A common practice ... Read More »

System ID Barcode Glossary

Barcode Glossary

New to barcoding? The System ID Barcode Glossary contains terms specific to the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) and barcode industries. Refer to it when you aren’t sure of a word’s meaning or need general information about barcodes. glossary Term Description 1D Barcode See Linear Barcode. 2D Barcode A square or rectangular pattern of squares, blocks, and lines that represent alphanumeric data. ... Read More »

What is a Barcode?

upc barcode

Companies new to barcoding often ask, “What is a barcode?” While people broadly use this term to describe any sort of data capture method or technology like 2D or RFID, a barcode is actually a series of bars, blocks, and white spaces that represent numbers and letters. Those numbers and letters contain data, such as part and SKU numbers, shipping addresses, ... Read More »

Zebra Link-OS Makes Barcode Printers Smarter

Zebra Link-OS

Barcode printers are acting smarter and growing more mobile, thanks to the newly launched Zebra Link-OS from Zebra Technologies. This package, which includes a software development kit and software apps, makes Zebra printers easier to integrate, manage, and maintain. It may sound complex, but the result is simple. Zebra Link-OS connects Zebra printers to the cloud. That means they can ... Read More »

Why Support Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday

I come from a long line of small business owners. My maternal grandmother created high-end draperies and duvets for Dallas’ finest families through her small, but successful, business. My dad’s grandfather owned a jewelry store in downtown McKinney, Texas, where his son—my grandfather—later opened a 14-stool diner. That business grew into a popular eating establishment where everybody in town gathered ... Read More »

Build a Lean Supply Chain with Data and Labeling Standards

VDC Research Group

Do you know how to build a lean supply chain so your company can remain competitive? In a 2013 white paper by VDC Research Group, author Richa Gupta, VDC analyst, claims that data and labeling standards are the best way to achieve supply chain collaboration. “In order to stay productive, competitive, and relevant in the post-recession era, businesses are building leaner supply ... Read More »

Linear Barcode Symbologies

Code 128 Barcode

Linear barcode symbologies—such as UPC, EAN, and GS1-128—are one-dimensional barcodes that contain a sequence of vertical black bars and white spaces that define a set of numbers or letters. Because of their limited storage space of 85 characters, these barcodes are used to retrieve information stored in a database unlike 2D barcodes, which store information in the code. Similar to a ... Read More »