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    Recent Developments in Food Allergen Management Labelling

    April 6, 2021

    As food allergy management continues to be a global hot topic, government food standards agencies across the world are putting pressure on hospitality companies to update their labelling of their pre-packaged for direct sale (also known as PPDS) foods to protect consumers health when purchasing food products. The updated labelling requirements include documenting the product’s name, a full list of ingredients and highlighting allergens. These regulations are aimed at businesses who prepare prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) foods for direct sale to the consumer on their premises, this could be pre-prepared sandwiches, salads, confectionary and more. These types of foods are packaged before they are purchased by the consumer and are typically found in display units, behind counters or sold in mobile/temporary outlets. These simple information updates provide essential information to people who suffer food allergies or intolerances, helping them to make PPDS food choices at self-service points where there is often very little or no staff interaction. What labelling options are out there?These updated labelling requirements effect businesses of any size from small cafés or bistros to larger hospitality chains bringing in new technological printing requirements. Batch buying pre-printed labels or handwriting sticky labels can be very time and cost consuming. They are also problematic to update if recipes are revised to include new ingredients which by law will need to be updated on the packaging immediately.An alternative solution would be to look into self-label printing. There are many options on the market today, from traditional silicon linered pre-cut, re-stick labels to linerless labels which provides flexibility allowing variable label length depending on the content required.Why go linerless?Characterised as pressure-sensitive labelling with a special release coating applied on the face of the label, linerless labels provide up to 40% more labels per roll than traditional label media by simply removing the requirement of silicon backing paper. Available in a range of adhesive strengths from re-stick to permanent depending on the application requirement. Providing flexibility and a range of environmental benefits, BIXOLON delivers a portfolio of linerless labelling options from traditional desktop printers to compact mobile label printers. SRP-S300 SeriesDirect Thermal printer at 203dpi offering 40/58/62/83mm media widthsIdeal for high humidity kitchen environmentsWith a specialized back-feed function to minimize the top margin of the label by up to 20%Optional Taken Sensor™ that stops printing until the current label has been removed from the printerConnects to various USB peripherals, web & cloud based printing XL5-40World’s first exclusively dedicated permanent linerless desktop label printerProducing fast printing speed up to 6 ips (152mm/sec) of media up to 114mmOptional Taken Sensor™ that stops printing until the current label has been removed from the printerEquipped with Twin function™ and free advanced-level label editing software BIXOLON Mobile Labelling RangeDirect Thermal, lightweight mobile printers offering 58/80/112mm media widthsCompatible with all major operating systems including iOS®, Android® and Windows®Supporting long battery lives with a range of application accessories To find out more about BIXOLON’s linerless labelling range and why it is the printer of choice for many UK and European Hospitality companies, visit www.BIXOLON.com or speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    April 6, 2021

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    Changing Times: The Advancements of Online Food and Beverage Ordering in a Covid Era

    October 5, 2020

    By the end of 2019, the food and beverage industry was valued at $5943.8 billion worldwide* however, due to the 2020 worldwide Covid-19 pandemic the industry has become one of the most hard-hit sectors. Plummeting sales due to forced closures followed by lack of customer confidence to return to their establishments since lockdown easing has forced restaurants, cafes, pubs and any business that serves in-house food and drink to evaluate their services and adapt to the demand for contactless ordering and home delivery. Technology has played a key role in the turnaround of hospitality operations with existing hardware and software being adapted for the integration of these new functions. Alternatively, new technologies are evolving to meet the growing change in customer requirements. Hospitality POS Systems of YesteryearConventionally, hospitality establishments used a centralised ordering system between the front of house and the kitchen to feed service orders to the kitchen typically connecting tablet devices, hand-held terminals or a stand-alone POS terminal to the kitchen via wired or cloud network. However, as businesses are now offering customers new mediums to order including third party delivery platforms. Businesses are looking at either costly updates to their current setups or face introducing additional ordering systems which can result in further screens and printers in a kitchen. As kitchen traffic increases from the front of house and external sources, it is more vital than ever for businesses to make sure prepared food is labelled and documented. From originally hand written notes or printed receipts, sticky labelling has provided the means for businesses to improve their service precision but still comes with its own limitations. Traditional label media comes in fixed label lengths, limiting the amount of content which can be added per label, often resulting in multiple labels to display information. Users are also limited by the number of labels per roll due to the silicon backing paper it is attached to. There has been great leaps within the labelling industry, with a real growth in popularity of linerless label printing, a cost-effective and flexible temporary or permanent sticky adhesive labelling solution. What is Linerless Labelling?Characterised as pressure-sensitive labelling, with a special release coating applied on the face of the label without the need for a silicon liner, linerless labels are available in a range of adhesive strengths depending on the required application. Linerless labels also provide up to 40% more labels per roll than traditional label media by removing the requirement of silicon backing paper. This enables linerless printing of variable label lengths, which is ideal for the precise documentation of customer contact details and order information, to then be placed onto the product packaging for delivery. Linerless Label Printing Solutions from BIXOLON:SRP-S300 – Receipt and linerless label desktop printing solutionAllows concise, accurate linerless printing over five different print widths for both re-stick and permanent linerless label mediaTaken Sensor™ a peel off sensor which allows a queuing system for labels so the next label will only be printed once the current label has been removed reducing labelling mistakesThe printer of choice for hospitality brands globally XL5-40 – The world’s first exclusive permenent adhesive linerless label solutionLinerless labels provide up to 40% more label length on a roll compared to traditional liner mediaEnables high volume, fast labelling at variable lengths with less roll changes Taken Sensor™ a peel off sensor which allows a queuing system for labels so the next label will only be printed once the current label has been removed reducing labelling mistakes B-linerless™ – Linerless label media from BIXOLONB-linerless™ Permanent – featuring a permanent adhesive across the whole media which is similar to traditional liner labelsB-linerless™ Re-stick – supporting removable and repositionable adhesive across the media while eliminating any adhesive residue left when removed. To find out more about the BIXOLON’s range of linerless labelling solutions, visit www.BIXOLON.com or speak to your local BIXOLON representative. *cited Business Wire release from ResearchandMarkets.com

    October 5, 2020

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    Food Safety Labelling Solution with the XQ-840 Tablet Embedded Desktop Printer

    May 14, 2020

    There is a growing customer demand for a more efficient way to manage food safety labelling. Business owners are minimizing the amount of product that goes out of date and maximizing the use of their product. Product labelling should offer clear advice, but food safety labelling can add additional guidance that increases safety, improves procedures and a reduced impact on unnecessary waste therefore increasing profits and margins. Obstacles that business owners face are the ever change in regulations to food safety. The FDA will be rolling out and enforcing a new nutritional label standard, so consumers can expect to see up-to-date information on most products, and we will likely see many labeling issues come out with the revamping of labels. Companies will be looking for best industry practices for shelf-life labeling as it pertains to both quality and safety with clear “best if used by” and “best by” date labeling. The goal of food labelling is to provide consumers with infor¬mation that is factual and relevant about the products they consume. The food label allows consumers to compare one product to another, gives instructions for safe handling and storage, lists ingredients. Labels must be made of materials that do not contaminate the food. If there is likelihood that the paper, ink or adhesive of a label will touch the product or penetrate the packaging, these materials must be safe for food use. Thanks to the XQ-840 specialty label printer customers can now create food labels for all of their products and inventory to minimize waste and maximize the life of food products. This all-in-one type unique label printer embedded with an 8-inch Android Tablet will make the food labelling process simple and maximize uptime. The printer eliminates the need to pair a tablet or PC with a printer since it reliably communicates with an embedded tablet via USB connectivity inside of the same body. Due to its compact design, it will also save space in the workplace. Users can easily integrate their own professional application to the printer by using a suite of development tools supported by BIXOLON. The XQ-840 comes with Comprehensive software including Food Safety Label, Label Artist™ Mobile for Android™, BIXOLON Utility and BIXOLON Downloader. Since it supports 2 USB Host Ports + Ethernet + WLAN + Bluetooth interface, users can build an extended solution while using keyboard, mouse, Barcode scanner, etc. To find out more, visit Bixolon.com or speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    May 14, 2020

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    Hospitality Printing Solutions From BIXOLON

    February 3, 2020

    In recent years, thanks to its leading role in the global Tourism market, Hospitality has become one of the key drivers of the European economy, making it one of the largest socio-economic activity in the EU. From bars and hotels to travel and recreation, the industry is constantly evolving. With the pressure of centralised customer experiences, the requirement for printing technology is excelling at a fast pace to link together different areas of the hospitality industry which would previously be independent. Allowing the tracking, monitoring and sharing of information for the smooth running of its business operations. Connectivity plays a key factor in augmenting enterprises, with Hospitallers moving away from traditional Serial and Parallel connectivity allowing printing from only fixed stations to Ethernet and wireless options for transferable sophisticated mPOS printing solutions. BIXOLON’s experience producing a range of Hospitality receipt, kiosk, label and linerless labelling solutions have globally enabled customers to streamline their operations and make a number of cost saving updates to their businesses. Benefits of using BIXOLON Printing Solutions in Hospitality 1. Connecting with other areas of the business• Centralised EPOS systems allow for printers and screens to be used for different activities within the business• Ideal for ticketing, kiosks, kitchen printing, bar ticket printing, receipting, takeaway online food ordering and preparation labelling• Support for online ordering through B-gate, BIXOLON’s mPOS Hub solution• Expanding sales with cloud printing support• Compatibility with all major operating systemsApplicable Products:SRP-Q300 Series, SLP-DX220, SRP-275lll and SRP-S300 2. Reducing errors in busy environments• Using an epos system can cut errors and downtime in busy hospitality environments• Removing the use of pen and paper, orders can be clearly printed and sent directly to the relevant areas of preparation/production• Standalone kiosks can provide additional support and provide precise ticketing, QR codes and text printoutsApplicable Products:SRP-330II, SRP-350plusIII, SRP-F310II and BK3-31 3. Table ordering/payment• Enhanced accessibility• Portable printing devices for table management• Compatibility with payment solutions• BIXOLON’s flexible payment printer with mobile printer sledge and compatible third-party Pin Entry Devices (PED) allows for accessible table paymentApplicable Products:SPP-R200III, SPP-A200, SRP-330II and SRP-E300 4. Easy Reporting• Tracking sales/productivity throughout the day aids end of day reporting and spot trends allowing efficient business managementApplicable Products:SRP-380, SRP-350III, SRP-330plusIII and SPP-R410 5. Upgradable hardware features• Cost efficiency to maintain and upgrade assets• B-gate solution allows for easy EPOS upgrade without having to replace all existing peripherals• Highly reliable printers and accessoriesApplicable Products:SRP-Q300, RTS-300, BCD-3000 and B-gate To find out more about BIXOLON’s range of highly successful Hospitality printing solutions, visit www.BIXOLON.com or speak to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative. BIXOLON will be exhibiting at EuroShop 2020, stand Halle 6/I42 from 16-20 February 2020. Showcasing its complete range of Label, Mobile and POS printing solutions and accessories for a range of applications to suit any budget from omni-channel retail to unified commerce, food preparation, to logistics delivery labelling and more.

    February 3, 2020

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    Hospitality EPOS Connectivity

    July 19, 2018

    Hospitality EPOS systems provide businesses with the tools to monitor and control a range of environments from restaurants and bars, to pop-up events. Choosing the right EPOS system for your hospitality business can be an overwhelming task especially if you are looking to move towards Mobile Tablet or Smart Device based software platforms due to flexibility. As technology advances, connectivity has become more crucial for successful EPOS systems. BIXOLON have put together five pointers that you may need to consider when purchasing a new Mobile EPOS (mPOS) System for your Hospitality business: Device connection – When selecting a mobile device the Hospitaliers need to decide how it is going to be connected to the host. Cabled LAN connectivity was always the norm with Wi-Fi being a trusted if not a more expensive means of achieving the same but recent advances in Bluetooth technologies have not only improved reliability but also increased the usable range. Secure login – a secure means of logging in to the system is essential to both employer and employee alike and is integral to the success of the mPOS solution as it provides the accountability that merits the system expense. Simplicity and cost have ultimately led users to rugged and durable devices such as the waterproof Dallas Reader which provides each member of staff with their own unique numerical login and if lost can be easily and quickly replaced – security is maximised as no two keys are the same. Speed of Delivery – technology can be used to speed up the order delivery process – with the right connectivity drinks orders can be sent directly to the IP rated bar thermal and food orders directly to the heat resistant dot matrix kitchen printers ensuring that the customer receives exactly what they have ordered and in a timely manner. With mobile tablet based mPOS that connectivity requires devices like the Bixolon intelligent hub to provide the missing links. Greater Reach – for Alfresco dining the ability to take orders at the table can save the members of staff time by not having to return to a central point each time. The Alfresco dining experience can be further improved by printing receipts at the table when asked – this can be achieved very simply through the use of a belt mounted printer. The latest 80mm mobile printers are small, light and rugged and print the same receipt as conventional desktop printers. Multiple device hosting – multiple device host – full hospitality process achieved by lay away split till / multiple activity requirements. The BIXOLON SRP-Q300H is the only device on the market today that can offer a solution to these five points. It provides ease of connectivity and flexibility helping to create the perfect hospitality mPOS solution. Featuring an intelligent hub (B-gate), connecting the Tablet to a host of USB peripheral devices (Dallas reader, Bar and Kitchen Printers, Customer Display, etc.) via Bluetooth whilst also providing a single charging port. Printing receipts or online orders through a native, web and cloud-based mPOS application with B-gate SDK’s (Software Development Kits). Pairing the printer with its new LCD customer Display (BCD-3000) and a robust steel tablet stand which safely secures up to a 10inch tablet using a locking mechanism to provide a complete the solution. For more information visit http://www.bixolon.com or contact your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    July 19, 2018

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    The Ease of Use of Tablet Printers

    March 8, 2018

    Wireless printing from tablet can make the process of ordering thing, taking payment, and printing a receipt quick, easy, and very customer friendly. The first step is to connect the device to your existing network. Getting this done is sometimes challenging, but most devices have software installed to make the process reasonably painless. Just follow the instructions on the screen and have the technical details to hand in order to fill in the fields for security and connection types. Most SME’s use a local area network (LAN) that will network with the available printers and computers. A wireless network will, of course, be needed to enable printing from the tablet. The tablet will connect to the network using its setup options. The process is somewhat different from one brand of tablet to another, but making the connection is usually straightforward. With your tablet in Wi-Fi mode the device will search for the WIFI network signal. Once the network’s signal is identified, just tap on network name on the setup page and tap in the correct login details. Once connected to the network, wireless printing can be accomplished choosing your desired printer from the available networked printers, then simply tap the print button. Adding a portable printer to the mix adds even more flexibility. Many restaurants and retail establishments are now providing their customer-facing staff with a combination of tools that allow them to process the entire transaction at the point of sale. The employees can, with a few taps on a hand-held screen, order products or simply make note of what the customer has in hand and wishes to buy. They can also take payment details and provide a receipt without leaving the point of sale. With all the devices linked into the network, the financial details, stock management information, etc., is all input in real time. The efficiencies this brings to a business are significant. In a restaurant setting, this also makes service faster. The orders can be instantly put up on a screen in the kitchen, allowing for a quicker start to the preparation process. Notification that the order is ready can also be sent to the wait-staffs tablet, hastening delivery of the food (while still hot)! When the bill is presented, payment can be taken as quickly as the customer would like, while still at their table. It all makes for a faster turnaround of tables, which is good for cashflow, but also makes for a better customer experience. Most modern tablets already have software installed that allows for printing. For some older devices, you may need to acquire software to provide a correct interface with your printer. While there may be a small cost for some of these applications, there is usually no additional ongoing cost for printing wirelessly from a tablet. The benefits to businesses that adapt to the use of tablet printers are many. The integration of the entire transactional process with the other systems (delivery, financial, inventory, etc.) brings tremendous efficiency. This allows for much faster decision making as all the data will always be up-to-date. When portable tablet printers are added to the mix, all the efficiencies just mentioned remain in effect, but the added value of better customer service and having hardcopies available is put in place. The businesses that have implemented these technologies have been extremely positive about the results. The business benefits to process improvements, and management capabilities were one aspect. The better customer service and better overall customer experience were also a strong plus. For more information visit http://www.bixolon.com or contact your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    March 8, 2018

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