Warehouse Control System vs. Warehouse Management System: What’s the Difference?

Distribution and fulfillment centers are often part of a complex network of logistics sites that move products throughout the United States and around the world. Each warehouse and third-party logistics provider (3PL) must identify the right mix of equipment, personnel, and systems to get the most productivity out of each location. The most common way …

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Guide to Smart Gun Safety Technologies: Legislation, Innovation & More

One of the hottest political and social topics shaping American culture today is none other than gun safety, particularly it’s adjoining refuge or threat (depending on which side you are on), gun control. Obviously, the debate wasn’t created in a vacuum, the often-vitriolic discussion has emerged in response to the frequent acts of violence and …

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Federal Smart Gun Regulations for Law Enforcement

When it comes to advancements in gun technology, many have been tied into an endless string of arguments from all sides of the gun control debate, especially in recent years. If and how new technology can be applied to make guns safer and more reliable is a constant part of the discussion. One of the …

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How to Choose the Right Smart Meter

Over the past decade, smart meter usage has sky-rocketed worldwide – and for good reason: these handy, high-tech devices provide highly-accurate readings, automatically. The innovation serves as a valuable time and money-saving solution for utility companies, and with the elimination of estimated billing, smart meters also help to put customers’ minds at ease. But, just …

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Using RFID for Inventory Management: Pros and Cons

In the ever-evolving world of inventory management, there’s a constant focus on improving efficiency. Companies of all sizes are regularly evaluating their current capabilities and finding ways to squeeze as much efficiency as possible out of their existing infrastructure while preparing to adopt new technologies that can take their performance to new levels. It is …

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What is DFARS 252.211 7006?

The standardization of labeling and identification requirements for shipments is becoming increasingly important across all industries as warehouse automation and software integrations continue to connect critical aspects of the supply chain. Particularly for the military industry, there has been a recent, aggressive push to adopt the latest in technology while, at the same time, provide …

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7 Smart Warehouse Technologies to Implement Today

Technology is an ever-evolving and ever-influential part of our everyday lives – and it’s advancing so quickly that it can be difficult to predict what is coming next. This sentiment is particularly true regarding the fields of warehousing, distribution, and logistics. If you purchase, or influence purchases, within your operation, you’ve been well aware of …

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ScanSKU Android Barcode Scanner- Rugged M Series (1D & 2D) Review

ScanSKU’s Android Barcode Scanner – Rugged M Series (1D & 2D) is the company’s flagship barcode scanner, offering rugged durability for holding up to the tough environments found in warehousing, retail floors, and even on-the-road use. It comes with an unlocked Android 5.1, meaning you can use it with nearly all Android-compatible apps and platforms. …

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You Can’t Have Big Data Without Clean Data

Big Data is the holy grail of analytics today. With it, organizations can gain predictive analytics and user behavior analytics, and discover patterns, trends, and associations that were once impossible to gather. Big Data leads to better decision making, which leads to improved operational efficiency, reduced risk, and bottom-line cost savings. But Big Data can …

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Are Automated Data Collection Systems Cost-Effective? How to Justify Your Investment

Automated data collection systems are often a substantial investment, particularly for enterprises first implementing company-wide initiatives involving thousands of assets. Automated data collection champions within organizations are often eager to prove ROI in order to justify both the effort and the cost. Fortunately, justifying investments in automated data collection is feasible, and often within reasonable …

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Maturing Solar Sector Creates Need for Solar Asset Management

The solar industry has been around for quite a few years, but it’s just now ‘heating up’ as advances in technology make solar a more feasible source of energy for a broader user base, particularly as costs trend downward and the ability for solar systems to ‘pay for themselves’ in terms of reduced energy costs …

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How to Reduce Logistics Costs: 19 Experts Reveal Ways Organizations Can Cut Their Logistics Transportation and Carry Costs

Reducing logistic costs is often the number one priority for a businesses’ bottom line. There are many methods that can help improve supply chain processes and in turn save a business money. Methods of reducing logistic costs can range from optimizing inventory levels, to recharting better shipping networks, to creating better processes, to improving supplier/third party …

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50 Top Automatic Identification Systems and Technology Tools for Data Capture

Automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) describes the identification and/or direct collection of data into a computer system or handheld device without using a keyboard. Manufacturers, warehouse managers, distribution center managers, and other industry professionals rely on AIDC as a means for identifying and tracking items, inventory, tools, assets, and at times, people. More importantly, …

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Warehouse Inventory Management: 20 Experts Reveal the #1 Way Companies Can Reduce and Control Warehouse Inventory Errors

As much as the business world of today has gone digital, there is one common type of business problem that can’t simply be solved by an app or some new technological solution. That business problem is warehouse inventory management and the prevention and control of inventory errors. Because there are so many physical assets, locations, …

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Top Inventory Management Apps: The 36 Best iPhone and Android Apps to Better Manage and Track Inventory

Businesses and organizations of all sizes must manage, control, and track inventory at any time and from anywhere. Today, inventory management is even more crucial to success and sustainability, as business transactions take place on a global scale and cover multiple locations. Manually entering, tracking, and counting inventory is nearly impossible by today’s industry standards, …

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19 Inventory Management Experts Reveal the Single Most Effective Strategy Companies Can Use to Reduce Inventory Costs

All successful large companies must have proper management strategies in place for things like quality, data, finance, human resources, and sales processes, among several other important business functions. Companies that deal with large amounts inventory, however, have the added management problem of achieving efficient and cost-effective inventory management. Since the warehouse and industrial property identification products …

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Announcing the ‘Barcode Scanner Buyer’s Guide’

If you’re in the market for a handheld barcode scanner, you know that there are a range of makes and models with different capabilities, functionality and features. Having so many options is great for users, but can also make it difficult to know which scanner is right for your organization’s unique needs and to meet your …

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Panmobil smartScanndy Barcode Scanner Review

The Panmobil smartSCANNDY is a versatile and compact handheld scanner that suits a variety of purposes with exceptional versatility and performance. Designed with portability in mind, the smartScanndy offers a number of optional accessories like belt clips, shirt clips and lanyards for busy staff members who are constantly on the run through facilities or workspaces …

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Honeywell Granit 1910i Industrial-Grade Area-Imaging Scanner Review

An industrial-grade imaging scanner capable of withstanding the demands of harsh working environments, the Honeywell Granit 1910i Industrial-Grade Area-Imaging Scanner is an incredibly durable, reliable device that can hold up to drops, bumps and falls without compromising device uptime. The perfect balance of durability and usability, the Honeywell Granit offers a unique combination of enhanced …

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Socket Mobile Bluetooth Cordless Hand Barcode Scanner (CHS) 7Xi and 7XiRx Review

The Socket CHS 7Xi is a unique cordless handheld scanner designed for mobility. It’s certified by Apple for iOS devices, but is also compatible with Blackberry, Android, and Windows. Capable of decoding both 1D and 2D symbologies, the Socket CHS 7Xi works with practically any smartphone or tablet and provides a convenient solution for mobile …

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Adesso NuScan 5000 2D CCD Handheld Barcode Scanner Review

A versatile, powerful handheld scanner, the Adesso NuScan 5000 interprets and inputs data from 2D barcodes, including QR codes and PDF417, DataMatrix, and Aztec Code, among others. With the ability to scan 1D and 2D barcodes at a rate of 60 images per second without sacrificing accuracy or reliability, the Adesso NuScan 5000 is an …

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Motorola DS4208 General Purpose Handheld 2D Imager Review

The Motorola DS4208 is a 1D and 2D general purpose handheld scanner and imager with scanning speed so lightning fast it’s comparable to laser scanners. That means capturing 2D barcodes with ease, without the risk of sacrificing quality.  With no need to pause between scans or taking time to align the barcode with the scanner, …

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Motorola DS6707-DP Handheld DPM Digital Imager Scanner Review

Today’s businesses and industries want to capture as much data as they can. Data is being used to drive decision-making and improve the delivery of goods and services. It’s not uncommon, therefore, for a business to have a variety of data capture needs. The Motorola DS6707-DS enables enterprises to invest in a single handheld scanning …

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Honeywell Xenon 1902 Wireless Area-Imaging Scanner Review

The Honeywell Xenon 1902 Wireless Area-Imaging Scanner brings the convenience of Bluetooth technology together with industry-leading scanning capabilities, including versatile area-imaging technology. With a small form factor and ergonomic design, this lightweight, handheld scanner is convenient for extended use without fatigue.  This handheld scanner is powered by Adaptus Imaging technology 6.0, along with a sophisticated …

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Motorola DS3500-ER Series Scanners Review

The Motorola DS3500-ER Series is a series of full-range scanners with Motorola’s maximum rugged specifications, making these handheld scanners the toughest and most-durable handheld scanners from the Motorola lineup. The Motorola DS3500-ER Series includes two models: the DS3508-ER corded and DS3578-ER cordless Bluetooth® Class II, Version 2.1. The primary difference between the two is the …

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Wasp WWS450 2D Barcode Scanner Review

The Wasp WWS450 is a 2D barcode scanner offering both 1D and 2D scanning capabilities with the freedom of a wireless connection for ease of use. Compatible with iOS, iPhone and Android devices, the Wasp WWS450 can transmit decoded data to smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers, and a batch memory mode facilitates continuous use without …

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Arms Trade Treaty: What Is It and Why Does It Matter? (Infographic)

The right to bear arms in the United States has been and continues to be one of the most hotly debated pieces of legislation in our modern era. But the reality is that gun laws and arms regulation is not simply a human rights issue and it certainly does not only affect the U.S. Arms …

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Datalogic Gryphon I GD4400 2D Handheld Scanner Review

Designed for general-purpose applications, the Gryphon 4000 series is the premier level of data collection devices in the Datalogic family. Combining 2D scanning capabilities with motion sensing technology, the Datalogic Gryphon I GD4400 is a user-friendly device for non-harsh environments. Datalogic’s Motionix™ motion-sensing technology detects the natural actions of the user, automatically setting the scanner …

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Intermec SR61 Rugged HD/DPM Handheld Scanner Review

The Intermec SR61 Rugged HD/DPM is a cutting-edge handheld bar code scanner with impressive motion tolerance for effectively scanning 1D and 2D bar codes. The Intermec SR61 Rugged HD/DPM is designed for direct part marking (DPM), with the ability to scan DPM labels that are dot peened, etched or cast on a variety of substrates. …

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Motorola MT2000 Series Mobile Terminal Review

The Motorola MT2000 is the perfect tool for employees who need to do more than just scan, such as viewing and keying in data. Combining “the simplicity of a scanner with the intelligence of a mobile computer,” the Motorola MT2000 can decode both 1D and 2D bar codes, and it offers multiple connectivity options, providing …

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Motorola Symbol DS6708-DL Handheld Imager Scanner Review

Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Division, formerly Symbol Technologies, Inc., is one of the foremost manufacturers of high-quality, rugged data collection solutions for warehousing, distribution, retail, healthcare and other applications. Handheld barcode scanners formerly offered by Symbol Technologies, Inc. now bear the Motorola name with a Symbol designation, including the Motorola Symbol DS6708-DL Handheld Imager Scanner. Applications …

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Trimble Juno 5 Handheld Scanner Review

The Trimble Juno 5S is a powerful handheld scanner that packs the necessary scanning capabilities with the rugged durability the field requires, all with a smartphone-inspired, familiar form factor. The Juno 5S’s claim to fame is its exceptional durability combined with impressive functionality, offering the functionality of multiple devices in a single, compact, and intuitive …

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Logistics for Kids: Students' Guide to Career Exploration in Logistics

Do you love fast cars, huge trucks and powerful trains? Or, perhaps you’re detailed-oriented with a passion for planning? You may just have a penchant for management or customer service or analysis or international business or manufacturing or driving or… well, you get the drift. You probably also believe that one of the keys to …

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Top Barcode Scanner Apps (for iOS and Android): The 36 Best Apps for Scanning and Reading Inventory Barcodes

Handheld scanners are designed for use in industrial settings, warehouses, and other applications where durability is required. But they can be heavy and bulky, and, let’s face it: They’re not always convenient. If you have staff working with products in the field or employees who have the occasional need to scan a bar code, but …

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Bring on the Drones (Infographic)

Drones! They’re everywhere. Drones are invading our skies, they’re in the news, and if some retailers get their way, they’ll soon be on our front steps. As Americans, we have a fascination with these futuristic, unmanned planes, and why not. Drone technology can help save lives, track and protect wildlife, and (from a logistics standpoint) …

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Cash Me If You Can (Infographic)

Counterfeiting is big business across the globe. In fact, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the value of counterfeit goods that crossed international borders in 2007 was more than $250 billion. And that’s not just innocuous items like currency, clothes or electronics. Counterfeiters are faking items that can have serious health and …

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Pros and Cons of Different Anti-Counterfeit Marking Methods

Counterfeit products in the defense and aerospace industries can put people at risk and cost organizations, companies and tax payers billions of dollars each year. As the introduction of counterfeit parts into global supply chains continues to rise, the need for anti-counterfeiting techniques becomes more necessary. This is particularly true where commercial products are integrated into …

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Anti-Counterfeit Measures Help Defense Industry Supply Chain

When most people think about counterfeit items, images of handbags, DVDs of popular movies, and paper money typically come to mind. But counterfeiting has a larger impact on many people and industries, including both consumers and manufacturers. Counterfeit parts cost countries throughout the world billions of dollars. In addition, they jeopardize an item’s functionality, performance …

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