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    Digital-Age Transportation: BIXOLON’s Rail Sector Solutions

    March 2, 2020

    A country's rail infrastructure is a key to its economic success, but the rail sector has not received the same level of attention as other pieces of infrastructure. This is however changing; private and public spending is leading to further investment plus expansion. While passenger rail travel and the movement of freight are also seeing an uptake. Digital technologies - IoT, Big Data and Cloud computing are being used to introduce improvements and efficiencies within the rail network, which are improving the passenger experience and increasing freight capacity. The digitisation or Internet of Trains is delivering data that passengers are using to better plan and undertake their journeys. Rail operators are using data to introduce safer control systems, manage assets and build improved service solutions around their rolling stock. This data is providing suppliers and manufacturers with greater confidence in a more fluid, reliable supply chain. The rail sector is also seeing greater cooperation between industry groups and governments. Legislative changes, new policies and programmes have resulted in opening rail infrastructure, creating a greater network length which is leading to competitiveness, further innovation and R&D. Governments are seeing rising transport demands, so investment in light and metro rail are being made. This is allowing workers to move quicker and further afield, while allowing cities to respond to congestion and pollution concerns. High-speed rail is seeing investment as it competes against other transportation modes, but there is pressure from environmental groups and a trend towards more sustainable, greener forms of transport. Rail is one of the most energy efficient transportation modes, but further investment is seeing greater decarbonisation of the rail industry with an increased use of alternative fuels, including hydrogen fuel cells and battery-powered locomotives. Supply chains are seeking to improve interconnectivity, increase visibility and provide operational benefits in both time and cost, but fundamentally become more sustainable while using more effective means of transport, resulting in a push to move from road to rail. Freight transportation groups are discussing how to lessen road miles and reward increased rail miles, while governments are working to open rail network across continents. Greater collaboration and cross-border cooperation are leading to a larger geographical network length allowing for seamless multimodal transportation and Silk Road extension. Mobile Ticketing • On the spot ticket purchase • Queue busting for ticket sales in airlines, coaches, railways, cruises and ferries • Provide a best-in-class travel experience for your passengers • Strengthen brand loyalty and increase customer retention rate Applicable Products • SPP-A200, SPP-L410, SPP-L310, SPP-R200II Inventory Tracking • Enhance readability of barcodes for streamlined inventory management • Deliver mission-critical labelling in demanding environments with reliable and robust industrial printers • Apply labels as inventory is received with industrial mobile printers to ensure accuracy • Achieve operational visibility and minimize downtime Applicable Products • XT5-40, SLP-TX400R, SLP-TX420, SPP-L3000If you have any questions about using BIXOLON printers in your mobile ticketing for public transport or inventory tracking for freight logistics, then please talk to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative.

    March 2, 2020

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    Omni-Channel Retail: BIXOLON’s Collection and Return Solutions

    September 10, 2019

    Global and national retail performances are frequently reported on in the media and the predictions of falling sales are triggering Retailers to work tirelessly to change their outlook and entice new shoppers while providing services to retain existing customers. Collection and return services are just one of the ways retailers are adding value and improving the customer experience.On-demand economy influences many vertical markets and retail has not escaped this. The always-online, mobile shopper is operating outside of traditional store hours. Their ability to view and buy goods is also seeing the need to provide these purchases in an equally timely manner.Click & Collect service provides shoppers with the flexibility to pick up purchases to suit their own schedules. Similarly, the same infrastructure can handle the returns of unwanted goods. While some retailers are choosing to build their own logistics networks, there is an increasing number of partnerships that allow for a collaborative approach to collections and returns giving shoppers access to the retailers’ goods and services. These collaborations are allowing local retailers to compete on a national level and against larger competitors. Plus, it can provide a route to attracting more price-conscious consumers with competitively priced delivery options. Adding to the traditional in-store transactional and seasonal shopper, a BIXOLON collection and returns solution can be easily added to a store’s existing infrastructure. Offering compact, wired or secure wireless network printers in varying colour options to suit your store design no matter the space constraints. Control of the printers is also possible on legacy POS, Windows™, Android™ or iOS® platforms, through label, mobiles, handhelds or tablets. BIXOLON offers a suite of development tools to easily create a new collection and returns application or add printing to an existing solution. For added customer experience, returns labelling can be printed and provided with the collection package, removing complexity of producing return labels by the customer prior to drop-off. For the tracking of high value items or their return to stock following a return, BIXOLON offers an UHF RFID print-encoding solution. The design of BIXOLON’s printers means that they’re easy to use, so there is no reduction in staff productivity – removing the requirement for additional training or support for seasonal/temporary staff. Sustainable Printing Alternatives Retailers are always looking to increase revenues and attract new shoppers. One of the ways can be to have specific sustainable business practices, so how to attract more eco-conscious shoppers or maintain your environmental principles? Governments are now tightening laws to lessen waste and increase recycling. As these new laws come into play, producers and retailers are becoming liable for waste. BIXOLON offers a range mobile or label printer linerless solutions to add sustainability, productivity and cost benefits to your collection and delivery applications. Click & Collect • Receipt of collection production and returned goods labelling • Mobile and Desktop printer eco-conscious labelling solutions • Limiting waste, health & safety and productivity gains • Allow customers to label on-site, so they avoid complexities and cost of home labelling Applicable Products • SLP-DX420, SLP-DL410, SLP-DX220, SPP-L410, SRP-S300 Online Order • Enhanced accessibility • Efficient store management • Support online ordering through B-gate, BIXOLON’s mPOS Hub solution • Minimize missing orders with voice messages built into the printer Applicable Products • SRP-Q300H, SRP-S300Hi, SRP-F310IIHi, SPP-R310, SPP-R200III E-Commerce Delivery • 24/7 sales available (Enhanced accessibility) • Advertise products and brands through an app or website • Concise delivery through printing precise information • Improve efficiency by printing return shipping labels within a courier truck Applicable Products • SPP-L3000, SPP-L310, SRP-S300, SLP-DX420, SLP-DL410 To find out more about BIXOLON’s range of label printing solutions, visit www.bixolon.com or speak to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative.

    September 10, 2019