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Barcode Printer: The Complete Printer Buying Guide (Infographic)

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With barcodes used predominantly on everything around us today, from the products in your household to the tickets to an event you may be attending this weekend, barcodes have become a part of everyday life. Before a barcode is used to track inventory across the globe, it must first be printed. It is essential for manufacturers to have the correct ... Read More »

Tracking Assets, Inventory, and People Driving IoT Adoption

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In an October 2014 Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Zebra Technologies, experts found that issues with tracking assets, inventory, and people are primarily driving Internet of Things (IoT) adoption across the manufacturing, consumer products, retail, transportation, healthcare, and government industries. Other findings in Internet-of-Things Solution Deployment Gains Momentum Among Firms Globally summarize organizations’ interest in IoT solutions, timelines for deployment, ... Read More »

10 Reasons Retailers Should Use 2D Scanners

10 Reasons Retailers Should Use 2D Scanners

Retailers have traditionally used laser barcode scanners at the point of sale (POS) to simplify checkout. But technology has changed, along with customers’ expectations. To realize faster, more accurate scans that speed transactions, support mobile couponing, and improve customer experiences, retailers should use 2D scanners. According to Honeywell, a recent VDC Research report substantiates this recommendation. Data automation experts predict ... Read More »

CES Products Reveal Where Business Technology is Headed

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If you’ve seen the news this week, chances are you ran across reports about this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It’s an annual event where technology companies parade their products in front of consumers, businesses, and technomaniacs in search of the “next big thing.” Although chances are few of these inventions will ever make it to retail shelves, CES products ... Read More »

Select the Best Barcode Label in 5 Simple Steps

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Do you struggle to select the best barcode label for your assets and inventory? With so many applications, environments, materials, sizes, adhesives, and printers, it can sometimes be difficult to find the perfect fit. Our friends at Zebra Technologies have come up with a clever acronym (PRESS) to help customers select the right label, which we’ve turned into five simple ... Read More »

Industrial Barcode Printers Aren’t Just for Manufacturers

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What do you envision when you hear the term “industrial barcode printers?” If you’re like most people, you probably picture items being checked into and out of a distribution center, or maybe you see an assembly line in a manufacturing plant. Congratulations. Both of those are correct. But they are not the only places you can find industrial printers. Today, ... Read More »

Thermal Transfer vs Direct Thermal Printing: Which is Best?

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The battle of thermal transfer vs direct thermal printing is most often won by answering a simple question: Do you require long-lasting barcodes to identify products and tag assets, or do you need to print items with shorter shelf lives, such as shipping labels, receipts, or tickets? Most organizations with dedicated barcode systems use either thermal transfer or direct thermal ... Read More »

Thermal Transfer Printing Produces High-Quality Barcode Labels That Last

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Thermal transfer printing is one of the most widely used print technologies for dedicated barcode systems. Ideal for a variety of applications, thermal transfer printers use a heated print head and a thin ribbon to create high-quality, long-lasting barcode labels. How does thermal transfer printing work? Barcode ribbons have a wax, resin, or a wax/resin coating on one side. When ... Read More »

Jumbo-Sized Labels No Problem for Zebra 220xi4 Industrial Label Printer

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The Zebra 220xi4 industrial label printer creates king-sized labels for rugged, tough environments. Designed to stand up to the most demanding applications, this thermal transfer printer can quickly output wide labels for applications such as chemical drums, banners, shipping pallets/containers, and more. “As a mainstay in Zebra’s product portfolio, the Xi Series printers are known for their reliability in even the ... Read More »