Raspberry Pi is not only barcode friendly it has over 25 Million units sold! It’s worth the $75 to invest in it and find out what it can do.

It’s a tiny computer (about the size of a id card) that’s a powerhouse of performance. The latest version is the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and it’s quite impressive with the amount of code and community support available. Also, worth mentioning it’s compatibility with barcode scanners.

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Connecting your bar code scanner to Raspberry Pi

The circuit board has 4 USB which makes it easy to connect compatible scanners. Connecting the Motorola LS2208 will work just fine. There should be no software updates or patches needed to plug it in and start scanning.

Within the community some users found the voltage output of their Pi was not sufficient enough to power certain scanners.

Pi community and Support

You can find thousands of projects, programs and videos available on all the social platforms like YouTube and GitHub.

bluestar vartech 2018

Come experience Vartech 2018 the top trade show and educational event for all resellers of POS, ADC, mobility, digital signage, security, IoT and RFID.

Join us in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at the Hard Rock Resort for an all-inclusive experience! At VARTECH, you’ll develop long-lasting relationships with the industry’s top hardware and ISV representatives, learn about the latest technologies and trends, attend industry-leading Solution Sessions to gain actionable intelligence for business growth, witness hands-on product demonstrations on our famous CodeZone trade floor, and much more.

VARTECH 2018 is hosted at the inspiring Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana! Thrilling gaming action in the biggest and best casino in the Caribbean, exhilarating nightlife, tantalizing culinary options, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and rooms worth tweeting about, all infused with a legendary rock and roll vibe. This is Hard Rock after all. The best All Inclusive Resort in Punta Cana. The resort features:

The Great O/S Migration: Android and the Windows Mobile Sunset

The battle of the operating systems has been waging for quite some time now, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping. With millions of Windows Mobile 6.5 based devices in the field currently, there is a significant opportunity for solution providers to advise customers about migrating their software to Android and make a hardware selection capable of supporting the needs of today as well as the next 5 years.

IoT: What’s Next? AI, Blockchain, CPU at the Edge

The Internet of Things has exploded into a conversation topic in workplaces around the world. IoT provides a wealth of opportunities for many businesses, whether they specialize in cloud storage, automation software, mobility products, Omni-channel solutions, M2M installations, or security.


Bluestar VARTECH 2018

Extend your printheads lifespan

have you heard the newsDid you know that using certified printer supplies can extend printhead lifespan and improve a printer’s operational efficiency?

Not only protecting your customer’s investment but extending your relationship by providing a great product with a wide selection of supplies offered by one of the leading companies in the barcode and label business. Zebra products range from barcode printers to labels that will meet any application requirements.


Find out more on how you can purchase Zebra OEM brand products from a leading online supplier of barcode labeling products.

Search for yourself and see what Zebra Technologies has to offer.

android os logoAndroid for Mobile Computers

How did Android get so popular with Mobile Devices in the barcoding Industry? Not, only has it become one of the most reputable and commonly used operating systems for smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices such as handheld computers today. Companies like Zebra, Honeywell and other have built platforms for their mobile devices around the popular OS not only because it’s a familiar system with Smartphones all over the world but, provides enterprise reliability with a familiar interface.

zebra android mobile computer

Some of today’s Mobile Computer’s that utilize the Android OS are from major brands such as Zebra Technologies, Honeywell  and Janam. You can purchase products such as Mobile Computers, Scanners, Tablets and Handheld Phone-Like devices making your workers more productive and saving your business costly dollars on less mobile platforms and restricting your employees by limiting their working distance from using fixed devices.


Find out more on what Android can do for you and your business by searching popular brands products from the Barcodefactory. Put Android to work for you today!

Retail NOW 2018 Point of Sale Technology Industry

retail now 2018 showEVENT OVERVIEW

The time has come for you to join RSPA, the only association dedicated to connecting the players in the Point of Sale technology industry, in Nashville for RetailNOW 2018! Get ready to embrace new opportunities that will impact your business AND our community of leading professionals.

Plan for 4 days of:

  • 50 Plus Hours of High Impact Education Tracks
  • 160 Plus Exhibitor Stops in the Expo Hall
  • Unlimited Face-to-Face Networking Opportunities
What Is RetailNOW?

This annual event brings leaders, innovators, and channel players together to develop relationships necessary for any successful business within the general retail technology industry. The diversity of attendees and exhibitors allows for the very best in education, thought leadership, and product availability paramount to the strength and growth of the industry. It is where the industry meets.

Each year technology professionals traverse across countries to become educated on new business trends, emerging technologies and best business practices, to grow their channel business in North America and also to explore a diverse expo hall with over 160 exhibitors featuring the latest solutions in the industry.

Who Attends RetailNow?

Agents, Dealers, Resellers & Value Added Resellers, Managed Service Providers of technology solutions selling into the SMB space or any retail environments within North America attend RetailNOW. When we say “Retail,” we mean any place where commerce happens. The most common verticals represented include: Hospitality, Restaurant, Retail, Grocery, C-Store, SMB, Financial Services and more. This is not an end user show, so there are no merchants, retailers or restaurateurs that attend. Questions to ask yourself if you’re considering attendance:

  • Are my merchants looking for solutions that I don’t currently provide?
  • Am I missing out on revenue by not providing additional solutions like security, networking, digital signage, back office, accounting tools, etc?
  • Would my team benefit from engaging with other technology providers who have overcome the exact same challenges that I am facing today?
  • Do I have a solution now that I am selling direct and I am looking to launch a Reseller channel in the future?
  • Could I benefit from education that will help strengthen my business and expand my offerings?
  • What don’t I know about the industry I serve?

retail now 2018 registration

Who Exhibits At RetailNOW?

Technology providers that utilize a form of a Reseller channel to get their solutions into the SMB market or companies that offer support solutions to help the Reseller’s business. Hardware Manufacturers, Software developers, Payments companies, Distribution partners, Managed Service Providers. If you are wondering if your company should have a presence on the show floor you may be asking yourself:

  • Am I looking to meet with or grow my channel partners to expand my reach?
  • Does my company have solutions that can help VARs transition to MSPs?
  • Could my business benefit from connecting with other people who have successfully grown and sustained their own channel?

retail now 2018 partner list


Found out more by visiting the Official Website on the RetailNOW Point-of-Sale Technology event held in Nashville, TN

MODEX 2018 was a great success for Sato

MODEX 2018 was a great success, and we would like to provide a brief recap of all the highlights from the show. The new technologies displayed were exciting and promised for a future-proof supply chain. Over 30,000 people from 110 countries walked the show floor in Atlanta, and over 900 exhibitors demonstrated their latest technologies. Do not miss the photos and videos we made with our SATO Prestige Partners.
Also in this issue, a great way to save money! Take advantage of our promotion for print engines and your customers will thank you. Get the latest price list and media price list to stay-up-to-date and take advantage of the complimentary white paper.

sato modex 2018

At MODEX 2018, we took the opportunity to ask print and apply subject matter experts questions about future trends for the supply chain industry, print and apply labeling systems, and how SATO can help to improve business. Thank you to all our partners who participated and providing valuable insight into your current print and apply labeling applications.

sato modex 2018 crowd

In case you could not make it to MODEX 2018, we got you covered. It was a fantastic show, and we had some great conversations! We captured the latest solutions from our partners and visited customers to see print and apply solutions in action. Browse through SATO’s photo album and see if you can spot your booth! 

Check out the interviews below:



Check out all Sato brand Printers and Labels here

Media Comparison Guide and Free Sample Kit

About Honeywell Print Media Supplies
With more than 40 years of experience developing printers and print media, Honeywell has the expertise and manufacturing resources to provide media products ranging from straightforward direct thermal or thermal transfer paper labels to complex film products suited for all types of applications and industries. Our experts can help you not only choose the most appropriate in-stock label media, but also work with you to develop custom or pre-printed labels to meet your precise needs. Honeywell offers you a wide variety of label media to support different printing technologies and your different application needs. Both paper and synthetic labels are available, for use with both direct thermal and thermal transfer printers.

honeywell media comparison guide

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We stock a wide variety of label media to support thermal printing technologies and the broadest array of needs. Paper and synthetic labels are available for use with both direct thermal and thermal transfer printers.

You can purchase all your Honeywell Media at the Barcodefactory

More information on all Honeywell Products can be found here.

Discover your next best move with using Savanna

Don’t just collect data. Put data to work with Zebra Savanna, a breakthrough data intelligence platform. Delivering total Enterprise Asset Intelligence, Savanna makes it easy to collect data from Zebra devices and sensors in real-time, then it analyzes that data to give you a more complete picture of your business and help you discover your next best move.

Savanna is at the heart of a new generation of enterprise applications and solutions that will digitally transform the way you work. With next-level analytics capabilities, Savanna shows you a path to totally transform your workflows and increase efficiency, making your business more productive and profitable.

How Savanna Works

Combining Internet of Things (IoT) end-point connectivity, configuration management, data transport, data storage, analytics and machine learning into one platform, Zebra Savanna turns raw data from devices and sensors into actionable intelligence for your business.

Where Savanna Works

Savanna enables solutions to access and process data directly from Zebra devices and sensors, making solutions in every industry more intelligent and more productive. These are some of the solutions that already use Savanna to make a difference in the enterprise. But that’s just the start. With new solutions on the horizon, Savanna will constantly drive industry to evolve through intelligence.

Data Collection

Smart sensors and Zebra devices securely collect operational data from the edge of your business, from barcodes being scanned, to device location and device health.

Data Analytics

Savanna stores, processes and integrates the information collected, combining real-time data from devices with historic data, to create a complete picture and intelligent insight of your business.

Data Application

Savanna powers applications with raw and intelligent data via secured and structured APIs, enabling your solutions to recommend the next best move, to boost efficiency and optimize your workflows.

SmartPack gives you real-time visibility into loading processes to increase efficiency across your current infrastructure and workforce, allowing you to support higher delivery volumes and reduce economic impact on your business.

SmartLens for Retail turns your entire store into a smart store that automatically senses and records the location and movement of virtually everything in your retail store and turns that data into easy-to-read actionable intelligence that delivers real competitive advantage.



PLACES-TO-BUY: Zebra Products

The core of what makes Zebra DNA so exceptional

zebra dna transforming printers from the inside

Better Performance
Zebra DNA enables printers to perform at their peak, while Zebra’s customizable printer UX flattens learning curves. Print DNA gives organizations the fastest, most accurate and best-performing printers on the market.

Simplified Remote Management
Remote management tools make it simple to deploy large fleets of printers across multiple locations. IT can now maintain, secure and troubleshoot printers from anywhere, at any time — freeing up operations to focus on work, rather than printers.

Easier Integration
Print DNA enables fast and easy integration into existing infrastructures, with applications that emulate non-Zebra legacy languages, removing the need to rewrite print solutions. This reduces disruptions to operations during printer installations.

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Looking to find your replacement parts for your Zebra brand label printer?

The Barcodefactory offers a quick solution to help you find that factory replacement part for your label printer fast with their free online parts search tool. Whether you need to replace a printhead or platen roller they offer the most extensive OEM parts available and backed by their ZASP certified staff.

Simply just select the product type; printer, scanner or mobile device. Then, select the Manufacturer brand of the product type and lastly select the model associated to the brand. All the available parts are then displayed for your selection to purchase. All parts are sold as new as supplied by the Manufacturer to properly work with your printer, scanner or mobile device.

The Barcodefactory offers extended warranties for all their printers available from Zebra Technologies. Call 888.237.8525 to speak with a Zebra Certified representative during business hours of M-F 8am-8pm EST or simply fill out the online form and a person will be in contact within 24 hours. You may also use their FREE online Chat.