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What VARs Need To Know About Their Customers' Business Labeling Needs

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.

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MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • Best Channel Vendors 2015
    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.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • 10 Things Effective Leaders Do
    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”
    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
    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? 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
    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.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • 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.

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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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