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We are used to seeing barcode labels printed onto just about every product we buy. However a barcode’s use is not confined to retail packaging. Barcodes are the perfect way of identifying a product and can be used as an effective asset management tool.

Barcodes can be printed on a variety of substrate materials which can even be subjected to harsh environments, such as in a factory or exposed to inclement weather conditions.

The future for barcodes and how shopping is being transformed

Barcode labels have been used for many years now and have proved to be invaluable in retail and commercial environments. They are handy at storing information about products, can offer safety and security to valuable items and ideal for retailers selling their goods.

It is this latter application that has really taken off over the past few years. As mobile phones have become more and more sophisticated, apps that can be downloaded to these devices allow the user to scan in the barcode present on all kinds of things and use this for a range of purposes.

Police Use a Form of Security Barcode to Help with Arrests

Barcodes are used every day for a variety of reasons; there are retail barcodes, barcode labels, asset labels and even sometimes barcodes on the post. However, of late there has been a shift in the kind of people that are using barcodes. Rather than only being useful to businesses and shops there has been a recent hype in the use of barcodes in technology.

Every business can benefit from asset labels

Every business has countless assets which they need to protect to preserve their business interests. The assets a company may own can add up to thousands of pounds, so it makes sense to have some way of identifying these assets so that the company knows how much money it has tied up in the assets it owns for insurance purposes.

Increasing data capture time using barcode technology

If you want to make a success of your business you don’t just have to make sure the systems you have in place work, you also need to make sure that they are robust enough to stand the test of time. Many businesses in the UK are failing because they failed to put systems in place that would see them through the hard times as well as the good times. And one of the best ways that any business can take stock of what it has for future use is to use asset labels.

Android users finally get first rate barcode scanning app

Until recently, Apple iPhone users had more reason to shout about their gadget than those using a device utilising the Android platform. This was because leading online retailer Amazon had reserved their highly acclaimed Flow barcode scanning application for the iOS only.

It has now been revealed that Android operating system users can now get this handy app from the Google Play App Store and download it onto their handsets.

Recycling bins in London feature QR codes

Westminster and Camden councils have laid out plans to use QR codes on the sides of public waste bins to promote recycling.

Currently the London councils have the biggest street litter problem in the UK, with 25,000 tonnes of litter produced every year. And the problem with this is that only around 10% of it is currently recycled.

More barcode labels being scanned by US consumers

A new study from Scanbuy, the ScanLife mobile barcode developer, has shown that there has been a huge increase in traffic over the past year in the number of people using mobile phones to scan barcode labels and QR codes.

The company monitors traffic for a variety of brands in the United States and through its analysis found there had been a year-on-year increase of over 150 per cent.

Windows Phone users gain access to Amazon super app

Online retailer Amazon has recently brought out an app for those with Microsoft-powered handsets. This new mobile shopping gadget makes use of a barcode scanner to check retail prices in stores.

It is hoped the free barcode scanning app (available from the Windows Phone Marketplace) will increase the popularity of smartphones using the Windows mobile operating system as consumers will be able to use it to scan products and compare them with the Amazon price as well as make ‘one-click’ purchases through their device.

QR codes to feature on cans of Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola has just put pen to paper in a marketing agreement with ScanLife which will see them print QR codes on all Coca-Cola Classic and Coca-Cola Zero cans in Spain.

The QR codes, which work in the same way as barcodes, can be printed onto any type of packaging and can be read by any QR code reader application. The idea, of course, is to strengthen Coca-Cola brand interaction with consumers, who have embraced this new type of technology.

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