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  • iOS Enterprise Tech Still Leads the way in the Enterprise, Here's Why

    Posted on November 16, 2015 by admin

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    Mobile technology is everywhere. Not only has mobile tech transformed consumer behavior, it has fully infiltrated the enterprise. The possibilities of mobile tech in the business world are endless. Innovative ERP systems like AscentERP, have already been successful in using mobile tech with the cloud, to provide enterprise growth to end users.From the point of sale, to rugged warehouse scanning, mobile technological convergence (one device doing everything) maximizes operational efficiency. Despite the diversity in the mobile market, there is one true player in the enterprise...Apple. Business Insider notes that iOS has recently held a dominating 68.5% enterprise market share (percentage of active devices). Unlike other OS platforms, iOS has distinct advantages that are yet to be matched by competitors through their unique design model.

    Other mobile devices are certainly catching up, but iOS still reigns supreme in the enterprise arena. iOS dominance stems from the simplicity it brings to the end user. According to the Wall Street Journal, devices using software like Android have faced enterprise resistance in the past because of the complexity within the manufacturing and development process. A large collection of manufacturers produce hardware for Android and other OS systems making it difficult to create a consistent user experience. Complexity is difficult to manage for departments controlling app operations and workflows. Since Apple makes their own hardware and software, they provide a simplified implementation experience for IT departments and workers around the world.

    Another reason for the iOS lead is security. Enterprise data is invaluable and iOS treats it accordingly. Alternative OS devices still come with a substantial security risks like malware attacks and invasions (InfoWorld). iOS security also provides unique control to the “gatekeepers” of the enterprise….the IT department. According to Business Insider, since iOS 7, “the guys running behind the scenes can wield a ton of power without ruining the user experience for co workers.“ Management can easily control permission settings among other configurations without workers consciously experiencing limitations. Users in the warehouse and workers in the office can be using the same app but having unique experiences regarding their line of work.

    Lastly, iOS has become a standard for enterprise app development. According to TechCrunch, “98% of fortune 500 companies have an iOS app.” A big reason for that statistic is iOS 9. iOS 9 was developed with the enterprise in mind, bringing customers the ability for highly contextualized app development (techcrunch). Enhancements to features like Siri, improved battery life, and “open source” programming languages allows apps to be created around the customer’s unique needs and use cases. Developers can design highly customized apps that increase the productivity of their back end workers while also offering an app to streamline the front end of their supply chain. Although somewhat dated, a prime example of custom app development for the enterprise can be seen in this video by Zebra Technologies.


    So now that it’s clear why iOS controls the mobile enterprise market, it is a matter of finding the right iOS integrator. Integrators like us specialize in building iOS apps for MFi (made for iOS) hardware. We specialize in taking consumer devices and make them enterprise ready with hardware like the Honeywell Captuvo, and programming them with custom enterprise software. Whether it's the point of sale, or back-end management, we help create a customized hardware/software experience for your unique business needs. For more info on iOS in the enterprise, fill out the form below and contact us today!

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  • Do quick service labels really work?

    Posted on November 3, 2015 by admin

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    With the competition for fast lube service increasing, you need to leverage every advantage possible. Sure, your customers appreciate your quick lube service, but with months elapsing between oil changes, will they remember that brief visit? Will the experience be impactful enough to bring them back?

    Customer loyalty grows from building on the relationship—which starts when they drive into your lot. You have about 22 minutes to make a lasting impression. In addition to being courteous, informative, and quick, what can you do?

    The quick service label is a fast, easy, and cost-effective method for strengthening the customer relationship. By simply printing and adhering a small static cling sticker inside the vehicle’s windshield, you post a handy reminder for the next oil change. More than that, you have the opportunity to keep your brand, literally, in front of your customer. Your quick service sticker can include a special offer, reinforce the importance of regular oil changes, and even promote a cross-sell or upgrade service.

    Businesses with more than one location offering fast lubes can use quick service labels to keep a consistent message from shop to shop. By programming the same templates into the system, you make it easy for every operator to communicate your value proposition. You remove the potential for confusion, miscommunication, and, quite simply, wrong offers, by creating a centralized process.

    In the next blog post, we’ll talk about the right printing solution for quick service labels. You’ll learn more about the technology behind doing this simply, afford-ably, and right!

    If you need more information, please talk to us at Symbology.

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  • Color Printing Offers More Than GHS Compliance

    Posted on October 29, 2015 by admin

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    Chemical supply chains are probably familiar with OSHA and GHS Compliance . In case you aren’t in this particular arena, GHS compliance is a global standard issued by OSHA, reacting to globalization and free markets. The standards require all chemical manufacturers and distributors to adopt a unified color printing and labeling system to break down trade barriers and promote international worker safety. Adjusting an entire inventory is challenging. It has required flexible color printing solutions that meet detailed labeling requirements as deadlines continue to approach. Color printing has been necessary for additional standards like food labeling, but it is also valuable in other contexts. With the right color printing system, compliance is just a bullet point on the list of operational improvements on the way.

    Although color helps meet those pesky GHS standards, they also fulfill a different kind of compliance, food safety labeling. According to the FDA, certain foods like meat, poultry, and eggs have specific labeling requirements that are solved with color printing systems. Important info must be clearly highlighted and organized on labels such as inspection numbers, colored symbols, logos, and nutrition facts. The right color printing solution keeps up with variables like sudden brand changes and seasonal promotions, while also avoiding FDA fines.


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    As previously mentioned, color printing plays an important role in the global flow of goods. Globalization has been in full force since the 90s and with the recent Pacific Trade agreements, protectionism has never seemed more prehistoric. Yes, colored unified labels may also be a compliance tool, but they also serve other purposes in the supply chain. ‘Easy to recognize’ labels improves item organization and overall inventory management. The easier it is for workers to recognize the right item, the faster it will be moved. Supply chains are challenged with handling diverse product portfolios efficiently. Transnational diversification can lead to sudden item updates and relabeling. The ability to securely print color detailed labels on the fly is becoming an industry standard.

    Color printing is also felt on the front end. The effects of globalization trickle all the way down to the point of sale. There’s now more ways to purchase items than ever before, and competition is fierce. Color printing and labeling systems can create a simplified workflow where branded templates can be customized and generated on the fly. Not only do visually popping labels help associates with location, it aids customer product recognition. Color helps bring in new customers, and bring them back with high brand resonance. Similar to a warehouse, Epson color printing systems can highlight important info triggering heuristic cues, making a difference at the point of sale. Epson labels won't wear or smudge overtime, resulting in maximized picking accuracy and a strong brand presence.

    Color can certainly provide a spark in any supply chain, but it is important to pick the right solution. With providers like Epson, detailed, fully customizable, and durable printing/labeling is achievable. Every great printing system also needs powerful software to make it run smoothly. Seagull Scientific’s BarTender works beautifully with Epson to create the full color printing experience. Seagull’s BarTender software offers a highly secure and simple program that protects templates from other users and works with languages from all over the globe creating import/export opportunities. For more information on these solutions please give us a call at 1-888-484-4424 or watch the video below! We specializing in integration and solution providing.



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  • FDA Regulations Effecting Blood Centers

    Posted on October 14, 2015 by admin

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    Like all Bio medical items, Blood donations are a highly regulated substance. The FDA and their sub division, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) collaborate to make sure hospitals and blood centers are keeping their establishments and operations suitable for a safe donation and transfusion. Both institutions do their best to ensure patients are getting their treatment as safely as possible. Non compliant blood centers are harshly dealt with by the FDA and can result in fines reaching in the millions (Forbes). Understanding how the FDA implements their standards will help blood centers avoid fines and adopt proper solutions

    The FDA works to regulate blood donations and transfusions. CBER is an organization within the FDA that closely monitors healthcare centers, routinely inspecting an establishment's status. Investigations take place every two years, searching for deviant procedures and unsuitable environments. During these inspections, CBER focuses on a few key areas. Blood centers are scanned for accurate record procedures and safe operations, along with testing for hazardous agents. The CBER is wary of the dangers associated with blood products and expects establishments to uphold their quality mandates. As stated by, “problem” centers are inspected at an even higher rate. Chances are, if non compliant centers are in operation, they will eventually be exposed.



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    Blood items require accurate data and traceability to pass inspections. The FDA has strengthened their standards in recent years, demanding an accurate record keeping system to keep track of unsuitable donors, movement of biologic items, and successful transfusions. The FDA views accurate records and traceability as an effective way to reduce transfusion errors and maximize patient safety. According to the FDA, budgeting issues are NOT an excuse for noncompliance. With the right integrator, there is a way to reach compliance without breaking the bank. Barcode scanning is a common, cost effective solution for tracking. Alternatives like RFID tagging technology have also been used in the past with successful results.

    Without FDA regulations, millions of patients would be at risk. According to Blood Centers of the Pacific, someone needs blood every two seconds. To top it off, only 37% of the population is considered eligible to donate. With such a small percentage of eligible donors, every donation counts. The FDA acknowledges how critical an accurate transfusion is to a person’s life and will take necessary actions to minimize error. Fines have reached millions in the past to deter future offenders. A few common causes for fining have been under-staffing, inadequate training, and poor record systems (Forbes). The FDA's job is to reduce the occurrence of these issues and improve the process as a whole.

    Over the years, Symbology Enterprises have become experts in developing cost effective, accurate blood center record keeping systems. We understand common operational problems and budgeting issues blood centers face. Using our knowledge of printing, scanning, and data integration, we have developed simple solutions like the Barcode Duplicator. Barcode duplication eliminates human error from the donation to transfusion workflow. Mistakes can impact a patient's life forever. The FDA has set the framework for exceptional care... Now it is just a matter of reaching out for help. For more information on FDA policies please click on the articles of reference and fill out the form below!




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  • Protect Blood Donations With a Barcode Duplicator Solution

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by admin

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    Every year, 12.6 million units of blood are donated in the United States, according to the Blood Centers of the Pacific. Across the U.S., donor centers and mobile units collect blood from about 8 million donors a year.

    To increase safety, the FDA updated its Blood Labeling Industry Guidance Standard to require barcodes on all blood and blood component containers. The barcodes must include the unique facility identifier, donor number, donor ABO/Rh, and USFDA product code.

    The standards are in place, but when the mobile blood collection units hit the road, are they properly equipped to comply?

    Just sending out the mobile unit with a supply of barcoded collection bags isn’t enough to truly protect the donated blood, and, ultimately, the patients who receive the transfusions. For example, our Symbology team worked with the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) in Seattle, which collects 300,000 units of blood per year via its 11 donor centers and 19 mobile vans. With mobile blood collection, which accounts for about nine percent of the blood donations, the technician wrote down the ten-digit code from the collection bag label on the donor form. However, the handwriting was sometimes illegible. Every month, about 32 units had to go through lab testing to properly verify the blood. The extra step took additional staff time and delayed the processing.

    The Symbology Enterprises solution featured a Barcode Duplicator system that worked wirelessly—with or without a network connection. The Zebra LS2208 handheld barcode scanner is connected directly to a Zebra LP2824 Plus, a compact barcode printer. Once the barcode label on the blood collection bag is scanned, the information feeds directly to the barcode printer. The label is printed and the technician applies it to the form, eliminating the need to hand write the code. There’s no need for a computer, because the LP2824 Plus has built-in programmability to store and recall forms. This feature was particularly important because mobile units often don’t have a network connection.

    The Symbology Barcode Duplicator solution provided an efficient and accurate alternative to a manual system that had too much room for error. “The Zebra barcode scanner and printer are easy to use. The only instruction we needed, fit on a tiny label, which we applied to the side of the printer,” explains Jessica Eve, PSBC’s Quality Resources Supervisor.

    We created a video to provide more details about the PSBC experience. Watch it Below!

    With the ongoing blood shortage around the country, our blood centers need to concentrate their efforts on collection, not deciphering codes. If you’re interested in learning more about Symbology’s barcode duplicator solution, contact us at 1-888-484-4424!





    This post was posted in Blood Center Printing/Labeling and was tagged with Symbology, Zebra, Puget Sound Blood Center, barcode duplicator, mobile blood collection, blood collection bag, LP2824 Plus, LS2208, barcode scanner, barcode printer

  • What Makes Epson a Great Color Printing Solution?

    Posted on August 20, 2015 by admin

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    Color printing can be a revenue increasing, and worker/customer satisfaction improving solution for both front and back end environments. With increasing e-commerce revenue streams, supply chains are becoming more complex. The use of color labels can create environments that improve inventory accuracy, logistics, and revenue generation on the front end with great customer service and product recognition. Below are some of the top solutions provided by color printing.


    Back end Solutions

    -Highlights important information on certain products helping workers recognize dangerous situations

    -eliminates the need for pre-printed labels increasing inventory flexibility. Manufacturers can now print labels when needed

    -More organized inventory reducing shipping errors and faster deliveries resulting in improved logistics and faster turnaround times creating more revenue

    -Issued compliance and regulations


    Retail Solutions

    -Popping colors on products increases visibility for easier customer and associate recognition equating to improved sales and a happy customer

    -Increased product information readability for both associates and consumers

    -Improved picking accuracy for elevated customer satisfaction, meeting demands of exceptional customer service

    -Enhanced product branding and imagery

    -Inventory unification between the front end and the back end promoting accurate picking, deliveries, and fast shipping helping retailers keep up with customer demands, increasing revenue


    The key is not ignore labeling needs throughout the entire supply chain. The retail floor is where direct sales and customer interactions occur reflecting directly on a brand’s identity, service and consumer experience. With color printing products like the Epson TMC-3500, products can be easily recognizable and visually aesthetic all the way from shipping to the point of sale on the front end. Help your sales associates and customers by adopting a color printing solution today!


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  • OSHA GHS Compliance:Not Such a Burden after All?

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by admin

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    I know what you’re thinking.. As the decision maker of a chemical manufacturing and distribution organization, GHS compliance has been a headache to say the least. As most of us in the chemical industry know, OSHA GHS compliance requires a completely new colored labeling system. This includes a massive over haul of printing/labeling methods and inventory changes. In the short term, GHS compliance seems like a daunting objective to reach by the 12/1 grace period, especially for smaller downstream manufacturers/distributors. Before taking the necessary steps with a GHS solution provider like Symbology Enterprises, it is important to realize why this new mandate was put into motion in the first place.

    OSHA GHS compliance regulations weren’t implemented just to be a thorn a manager’s sides, it has clear and significant long term benefits regarding worker safety and economic prosperity. The former benefit is fundamental. The color coding of chemical packages allows for greater worker comprehension and recognition of dangerous chemicals. According to OSHA, “the modification is expected to prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses and 43 fatalities annually.” Not only should the safety of your workers be a top priority, the fiscal benefits are simple. The more active workers in the field combined with the more efficient handling of dangerous chemicals equates to more products manufactured and distributed. More chemicals moved translates to more revenue. OSHA adds that American business are expecting cost saving of, “$475 million in productivity improvements.” In case you did not know, that is more than a quarter of Zimbabwe’s entire GDP in domestic cost of operation savings! (World Bank). Last but not least, a global unified system will inevitably reduce trading barriers on a massive scale.

    Yes, changing an entire inventory and investing in a new printing/labeling system can be a chore but not only is it do-able, it is beneficial. With the right steps, GHS compliance is obtainable by the end of the 12/1 grace period. With GHS compliant products like the Epson printer and BarTender software, reaching your GHS goals becomes a matter of making a phone call. With the help of Symbology Enterprises, you can keep your workers safe, and improve your business’s bottom line. We understand GHS needs and will guide you towards the right GHS solution. To read more about OSHA and their goals behind GHS Compliance view the article below.

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  • iOS and the Enterprise

    Posted on July 2, 2015 by admin

    iOS has Made its way Into the Business World and its Time to Adapt


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    Apple has always been one of the best at meeting customer’s needs. Since the release of their first generation iPhones, Apple has been revolutionizing how individuals use mobile technology to interact with their environment. With the release of iOS 8 and beyond, Apple has shown more focus on the relationship between mobile technology and the enterprise than ever before. By providing new security, productivity, and management features, iOS devices are better equipped for pairing with hardware devices like Honeywell scanning and mobile products creating innovative enterprise solutions. The user friendliness of Apple paired with industry leading scanning technology from Honeywell, opens the door for efficiency, productivity, and growth.

    The catalyst for enterprise growth is called the “Captuvo,” by Honeywell. The Captuvo is an enterprise sled for iOS devices ranging from iPhones to iPad Minis, transforming the device into an “all in one” enterprise solution. Captuvo’s Adaptus image technology (scanning), encryption ready magnetic stripe reader, and protective housing, allows the iPhone to be effective in both front-end and back-end environments. Additionally, the familiar iOS interface allows for minimum training time and a comfortable user experience. From hospitals and retail stores to warehouses, these environments require efficient communication, accurate information input/output, maximum up time, and durability. The Captuvo is able to meet all these standards by seamlessly integrating mobile communication with rugged enterprise hardware.

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    Honeywell acknowledges the iOS’s natural flexibility for application development. As organizations become more dynamic, the innovative nature of iOS is required to stay ahead of the curve. Heading into the 2nd half of the financial calendar, industries can find comfort that Honeywell continues to create hardware that harmonizes with the latest iOS releases. Around the end of July, the Captuvo for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be released and supported by Symbology Enterprises. The new generation of Captuvos offers the necessary scanning and ruggedness of previous generations with added battery life and an increasingly ergonomic design. Honeywell embraces what some are fighting to accept. The business infrastructure is evolving. The mobile revolution has grown beyond consumerism, and has found a home within the enterprise. Now more than ever, the entire supply chain can be managed from the palm of your hand.


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  • More ZebraCare!! We are now also Supporting ZebraCare On-Site for the 105SL/ZT Series

    Posted on June 8, 2015 by admin

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    Industries that require high volume printing in mission critical environments need printing/labeling solutions like Zebra’s Industrial and commercial printers. Industries like manufacturing and transportation logistics have a fundamental need for maximum up-time and productivity. Down time in mission critical businesses like these can equate to high costs of ownership and losses of critical production hours. Whether a current owner of a 105SL/ZT printer or an eventual one, service agreements are a necessary purchase for ensuring maximum availability and production.

    Fortunately, your commercial/industrial printing investments are protected here at Symbology Enterprises! We are now offering Zebra’s Comprehensive, on-site service agreements on our website. These service packages consist of one flat payment and covers anything from self-inflicted damages to environmental causes over a 3 year period. With the purchase of one of Zebra’s service agreements, the customer receives immediate on-site repairs (next business day), and certified professional assistance to solve any software or hardware problems one might have. Whether a current owner of one of Zebra’s 105SL/ZT printers or a future one, the addition of ZebraCare On-Site not only protects your product, it offers security to your industry that depends on its up-time. Below are links for both our Zebra Care on-site agreements by product, and our provided industrial/commercial printers by Zebra.

    1. ZebraCare On-Site Service links by product: 105SL, ZT200 Series,  ZT410, ZT420

    2. Zebra Industrial/Commercial Printers (Click Here)




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  • Are You a Downstream Chemical Supplier Having Trouble with GHS Compliance? If So, No Need to Panic!

    Posted on June 4, 2015 by admin

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    As the members within the chemical manufacturing and distribution supply chain already know, GHS compliance went into effect on 6/1/15. OSHA discovered that smaller, downstream suppliers are experiencing great difficulty transitioning their inventory towards GHS compliance. If this defines your organization, the path towards GHS compliance and citation avoidance is still obtainable. As long as inspectors determine that downstream organizations are attempting to comply, fines can be avoided until February 19th, 2017.

    It is important to note what is considered an attempt to comply by OHSA. In order to be considered having, "good faith efforts," downstream suppliers and manufacturers must have documented proof of attempts to obtain the proper information from their upstream suppliers, or have clear evidence they are attempting to classify data themselves. The grace period provided by OSHA for downstream organizations bides additional time to acquire the necessary resources to become GHS compliant. A secure and effective way to reach GHS compliance by the new deadline (2/19/17) is with Bartender printing software by Seagull Scientific.

    Bartender Offers clear GHS compliance solutions by providing an automated GHS template and security settings ensuring that compliance is met. The automated GHS template makes achieving compliance for downstream organizations easier by creating a clear starting point for the entire inventory. Bartender's security settings prevent tampering from outside users and other departments assuring GHS chemical labels are created. Lastly, Bartender supports 23 languages, meeting the needs of a true Globally Harmonized System. To find more about products like the Bartender, click here. Also, follow us on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook to get the latest GHS Compliance updates.

    Additionally, check out the Epson TM-C3500 to meet your GHS compliance needs.

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