A recent Loftware Enterprise Labeling Trends Survey has identified a number of key factors that are impacting supply chain strategy and ultimately labeling processes today. Labeling has become a mission-critical component in the current supply chain with global expansion of businesses. Among the trends that have been identified as affecting the labeling process are growing customer demands and evolving regulatory requirements. VARs need to be aware of these factors in order to better serve their customers’ changing needs.
Best Channel Vendors 2015
How were the Best Channel Vendors survey and special report generated? For a seventh consecutive year, we relied on the wisdom and experience of Penn State University to help ensure the survey’s statistical accuracy. Back in 2009, Penn State agreed with our philosophy of conducting a Web-based survey (as opposed to a phone-solicitation survey) of our subscribers to capture significant data from our most active resellers. The technology categories were determined by the Business Solutions magazine (BSM) editorial staff.
Stress TCO When Selling Mobile Solutions
A four-year-old integrator lands a 400+ vehicle mobile solutions project with the largest beer distributor in Texas.
The New Mobile Sales Mantra: It’s Not One Or The Other — It’s All Of The Above
This integrator’s ability to respond to customers’ needs for mobile solutions that require a combination of consumer and rugged devices was the key to last year’s 30 percent revenue growth and a projected 50 percent revenue growth this year.
10 Things Effective Leaders Do
Here is a list of things I find effective leaders doing — and doing well. See how many make your list of accomplishments.
Lessons From Sports Coach Phil Jackson: “Obsessing About Winning Is A Loser’s Game”
How do you lead a community … be it a business association, a sports team, or even a country? I founded The ASCII Group over 30 years ago and it has remained the oldest and largest community of computer integrators, MSPs and solutions providers in the world. While we are a respected and long-established community, I am constantly looking at how I can be the best leader possible, both to my staff and our solution provider community.
How Wearables Are Being Integrated With Field Service Management
The field services industry has undergone massive change as companies move their workforces to mobile software solutions. Now, wearable electronic devices are poised to disrupt the industry yet again.
The Biggest Threat To The Channel? Manufacturers That Sell To End Users
The biggest threat to the channel is the same as it has always been — manufacturers. Businesses are constantly seeking growth and expansion. Part of this formula requires keeping investors and shareholders happy. The need for manufacturers to always have constant and accelerated growth has become the new normal but there are only so many ways in which this can actually occur. Being a channel friendly company allows manufacturers to sell their products or services through the channel without dealing with end users.
Trends That Are Driving Healthcare IT Revenue Opportunities
Financial analysts have once again identified healthcare as a leading growth market for 2015. Government-driven IT requirements continue to push healthcare providers to comply, creating opportunities for VARs and ISVs to sell software, hardware, and services to a wide range of healthcare facilities to support their implementations.
WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES
Smart Print Engines Solve Problems: Key Considerations For Selecting The Right One
The print engine is the heart of any print-and-apply labeling system, and selecting the right one for your application can mean the difference between a successful installation and one that causes costly downtime because of mechanical failures or print quality issues.
BBRG Extends PCI-Compliant Wi-Fi To Restaurant Guests
Columbus, Ohio-based BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc. (BBRG) owns and operates 83 high-volume, full-service restaurants in 29 states, including the upscale, affordable BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurants, which offer Italian dishes that are prepared using authentic cooking methods.
Wasp’s Accuracy Takes The Pain Out Of Asset Tracking
MCS Digital is Australia’s leading specialist provider of mission critical mobile radio communications. For more than three decades, MCS Digital has focused on design, delivery and support of mission critical communications equipment and systems in Australia and New Zealand. With a combined focus of reliability and quality, MCS Digital’s experience extends across a wide range of industry sectors, with expertise in high risk and hazardous environments.
DATA COLLECTION INDUSTRY EVENTS
|HTG Peer Groups Centralized Meeting||May 4-8||Dallas, TX|
|D&H Distributing Mid-Atlantic Summer Technology Show||June 4||Hershey, PA|
|D&H Education Back-to-School Show||June 17-18||Lancaster, PA|
|ASCII Success Summit||May 28-29||Chicago|
|ASCII Success Summit||June 25-26||Newark, NJ|
ABOUT DATA COLLECTION & MOBILITY
Data collection & mobility covers barcoding, barcode scanners, RFID tags and scanners, mobile printers and printing, mobile computing, automatic identification and data capture (AIDC), and field service technology.
Barcodes are machine-readable representations of data about the object they are applied to. There are two types of barcodes, 1D and 2D. 1D barcodes represent data with parallel lines of varying widths and spacing and are also known as linear barcodes. 2D barcodes use rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns in two dimensions. Barcodes are traditionally read with optical scanners called barcode readers, but now desktop printers, mobile computers, and smartphones can also act as scanners.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is a wireless non-contact method of transferring data for automatic identification and object tracking. RFID tags contain stored electronic information. RFID tags can be powered or passive as required by varying operations. RFID tags differ from barcodes in that they do not require direct line of sight to the reader, allowing them to be inserted in objects.
Mobile printers offer portable printing options and are designed to boost employee productivity and accuracy. Mobile printers can be wired or wireless and are battery powered. They are designed to print barcodes, labels, receipts, and tickets and are often ruggedized in order to operate in harsh and demanding environments.
Mobile computing covers the broad range of business and consumer devices that are designed to be transported during normal usage. Mobile computing encompasses mobile communications, mobile hardware, and mobile software. Mobile computing devices include personal digital assistants (PDAs), smartphones, tablet computers, ultra-mobile CPs, in-vehicle computers, and wearable computers. Enterprise-class devices are often ruggedized to prevent damage from constant use and accidental drops and water contact. Devices operate on a range of operating systems including Windows, Android, iOS, Linux, and more.
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CMI Genus II Terminal CMI's Genus II terminal provides medium to large enterprises with a comprehensive set of features & functionality to meet all of their workforce management and data collection needs.
MB400/410i Portable Printer SATO’s new mobile MBi Series Portable Printers are the ideal solution for portable print applications. Their compact size, rugged design and lightweight make them ideal for mobile, on-demand printing needs.
CP60 Series Industrial Mobile Computer
The rugged CipherLab CP60 series is an industrial mobile computer designed to fully assist your staff in the field with the most cutting edge specifications. Crafted for the harsh environments of transportation & logistics, warehousing, manufacturing and field service, this tough mobile computer will allow your workers to maximize productivity with the most up-to-date technologies.
Dymo CardScan Image Capture
CardScan Image Capture (IC) accurately captures driver’s licenses, insurance cards and other patient information. Used on its own or interfaced with electronic health records and other practice software systems, CardScan IC delivers true, complete color images to help reduce errors, streamline admissions and speed reimbursement.
Video: Wyche Tells ScanSource Partners Teams Stay Together With The Right Teammates
Sam Wyche was the keynote speaker at the ScanSource Worldwide Partner Conference for POS and Barcoding, March 16-18 in Greenville, SC. Wyche, former head coach of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals (1984-91) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992-95).
Plantronics Displays Headset Options At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
Brad Barnes, sales manager of specialized channels for Plantronics, displays USB-based, wireless, and Bluetooth headsets at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.
Seagull Scientific Demonstrates BarTender Software At Healthcare Summit
Nicholas Doss, channel sales manager, explains the application’s the company’s BarTender software has for healthcare at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.
Datalogic Demonstrates Technology At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
Gina Wilde, national manager of the healthcare vertical for Datalogic, explains how healthcare VARs can offer products that differentiate them from the competition. Wilde spoke at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.