What is the GS-1 Food Traceability Initiative?


The first question to answer is “what or who is GS-1?” GS-1 is a not-for-profit member organization whose mission is to design and implement global standards for the world-wide supply chain. GS-1 is not a government agency, but an independent organization that includes members from manufacturing, retail and wholesale companies. Its initiatives include standardization in [...]

Smart Printing: Print Barcode Labels and Receipts without a Computer


Typically when a company implements a barcode printing solution, it consists of a computer (either stand-alone or on a network), software, and the printer itself (table-top or mobile).  Smart printers, however, take advantage of the memory and processing power of the printer to run independent print operations without the need for a computer.  Reduce IT [...]

Increase Productivity with Hand-free Barcode Scanner


The Challange Pick up the scanner, scan label, put down scanner, stack or pack.  The additional motions take time and slow down productivity in warehouse, manufacturing and retail environments. The Solution One way to combat this time drain is to implement the use of “wearable” scanners. The 8650 Ring Scanner from LXE/Honeywell is a battery-powered Bluetooth [...]

Food Safety Modernization Act Update


On January 4, 2011 President Obama signed into law the FSMA (FSMA) instructing the FDA to, among other things, define how to track food-borne illness back to its source. The deadline for this plan was 2 years, which would make it due the end of 2012. At that time, the FDA is required to provide farmers and [...]

Job Costing vs. Process Costing: Whats the Difference?


We run into a lot of confusion with many customers who want to know if ourjob costing software is also process costing software. In short, yes, but lets explore the difference between job costing and process costing. The primary goal of both job costing and process costing in the manufacturing profession is to determine the actual cost [...]

Traceability = Profitability for Companies in the Food Industry


Companies in the food industry have three primary objectives for purchasing and implementing a traceability solution: to reduce the cost of precision, better supply management with information, and to ensure food safety and quality control (QC). Notice that compliance is not listed here although it is a component of traceability. This article is not de-emphasizing the important of [...]

5 Benefits of Construction Job Costing Software


Contractors continually tell us that job costing, and managing job profitability, is one of the most difficult initiatives they have to tackle. Not because math was their worst subject in school, or because they lack business savvy. The reality is that for many contractors lack the resources needed to accurately assess they’re business for accounting [...]

5 Questions to Ask About Software Support


The first point to make regarding software support is that it is necessary for the ongoing health and security of your network, program and business. Businesses rely on software applications to automate operational processes such as job costing, warehouse management, and more. Without software patches, trouble support and training business productivity, security and profitability are [...]

Label Stuck in Your Barcode Printer? What Not To Do!


One of the most common and frustrating problems that occurs when you are printing bar code labels is when the label peels off the backing and sticks to the printer – usually either the platen or the printhead. I know your first inclination is to scrape it off and keep printing. Don’t do that!  2 thing you should [...]

Moving Offices? Don’t leave IT behind!


The following guest post was kindly submitted by Clare Moorhouse, a writer at Help Moving Office, a free online resource that guides companies through the office relocation process. If your company is planning to relocate to new offices, make sure you give careful thought to how you are going to seamlessly migrate your company’s most business critical [...]