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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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    Flawless Mobile Specimen Collection at Drive-through COVID-19 Test Centres

    September 21, 2020

    As of September 2020, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread despite months of persistent effort, involving 184 countries with more than 29.7million confirmed cases. While people around the world have been finding it hard to adapt to the New Normal, large-scale testing for the virus is considered to be of critical importance to identify cases as early as possible and conduct prompt contact tracing. In order to maximise testing capacity, a number of healthcare organizations have seen the advantages of drive-through testing such as the prevention of cross-infection between patients in a waiting space, the speed of administering tests and reduced staffing requirements. The steps in specimen collection at the drive-through test centres consist of registration, examination, specimen collection, and instructions. The samples collected at the site are identified with handwritten or printed labels including patients’ information and the time of collection for accurate testing at a clinical lab. Some countries where pre-registration is available, labels for specimens are prepared in advance to reduce the distance staff need to walk back and forth. Whereas in countries visitors will be seen without a pre-registration, where time is required to access identification and printing sample labels from a stationary kiosk. Labelling specimens far away from the point of collection would also increase the risk for errors. Equipping front-line workers with rugged mobile printing solutions enables the smooth running of the test site. Clinical staff scan a patient's ID using a mobile computer at a distance, and sends the data to the national hospital system to create an account. A specimen label can be instantly printed using the data and a mobile label printer. BIXOLON’s mobile printers are optimised for this application to enable optimum DT centres to functionality. Staff can save time reducing idle walking time between the car and the station to print a label, enabling workflow to be streamlined and the testing process is expedited. This will facilitate more tests for symptomatic patients and significantly elevate capacity of each centre per day. Labels instantly printed by the car can also help prevent mis-identification. Featuring the SPP-L3000 a premium mobile label printer,Fully rugged form factor enduring multiple drops from 2.1 m / 7 ftIP54 rate sealed to withstand water, dust and extreme weather conditions Perfect compatibility with major operating systems including Android™, iOS™ and Windows®Fast data processing and print speed of up to 5 ips (127 mm/sec)Longest battery runtimes with 2600 mAh capacity Reliable wireless capability simultaneously connecting both Bluetooth and WLANEasy to use with LCD and ergonomic design Put BIXOLON’s industry leading mobile technology in the hands of front-line workers to increase productivity and create a safer working environment in DT centres. If you have any questions about the SPP-L3000, please speak to your local Sales Representative, so they can guide you through details or visit www.Bixolon.com.

    September 21, 2020