Colton's Corner

Inside look into the point of sale world

Are Amazon Barcode Scanners Worth it?
By: Colton Redtfeldt - 5/24/2022

Are you considering buying a barcode scanner off of Amazon? Consider the following before you do: Imagine this scenario: A business owner calls into our company looking for help with a barcode scanner. They tell us that they had just purchased it off of Amazon and have been running into a few problems. They've already tried reaching out to the seller or the manufacturer and either received no response or very superficial support of little value. So then they call us as a last resort. Unfortunately, there is little we can do to help out in this scenario. These sorts of scanners often have speci...

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Zebra OneCare Contracts Explained
By: Colton Redtfeldt - 4/19/2022

Worried about your employees accidentally breaking your Zebra scanner or printer? Maybe you’re in a high-pace production environment where downtime is a big concern. Or maybe you’re just looking for the sense of security that no matter what happens to your device, you’ll be able to get it fixed. If any of these things resonate with you, a Zebra OneCare contract is something you should look at. These special contracts provide an additional layer of protection on top of a Zebra device's standard manufacture warranty. The big selling point? No matter how your device breaks, Zebra will fix it. Wi...

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How to Trigger Any Cash Drawer Without a Printer
By: Colton Redtfeldt - 2/5/2022

Opening a cash drawer without a printer is a common request we get from all sorts of customers. Thankfully we now have the perfect solution to do just that! The POSGuys Manual Push Button Trigger was designed to be set up with minimal effort and headache. Interested in picking up one of these yourself? See our product listing here.

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Honeywell Scanner Guide - What's the Difference Between the Honeywell HF680, Genesis XP 7680g, and Orbit 7190G?
By: Colton Redtfeldt - 2/3/2022

Customers call us all the time asking for the difference between Honeywell's different presentation scanners. From the outside, their line of presentation scanners might seem like a bunch of alphanumerical soup, but each scanner serves a slightly different purpose. Knowing that difference will ensure you get the right scanner for the job. We've broken down the five main scanners below along with what makes them unique from each other. HF680 The HF680 is Honeywell's all-around best-value scanner for most retail applications. It looks very similar to the Orbit, and performs very simil...

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TouchBistro Hardware Guide
By: Colton Redtfeldt - 2/3/2022

Are you looking for hardware that will work with your TouchBistro Restaurant Management software? Look no further! Please find links to popular receipt printers below that have been certified to work with TouchBistro. Want to learn how to set up these printers? visit TouchBistro's website here. Thermal Printers Star Micronics TSP100III (Ethernet & Bluetooth) Star Micronics TSP650II (Ethernet & Bluetooth) Star Micronics mC-Print3 (Ethernet/USB/Bluetooth) Epson T88-VI (Ethernet) Kitchen/Ticket Printers Star Micronics SP700 (Ethernet) Cash Drawers Any printer-driven cash d...

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Free Inventory Management with Google Sheets
By: Colton Redtfeldt - 1/24/2022

Are you a small business owner looking for a free inventory management solution you can use on any device with little to no setup? You’re in luck. We get calls from tons of customers looking for the same thing. So today we’re going to take a look at a free inventory management tool we built using Google Sheets that you can get up and running from any device with no technical experience necessary. All you need to get started is a Google Account, a smartphone or computer, and a few minutes of your time. To get started, click the download button on this page here to get access to the Google Drive...

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CS6080 iOS Pairing Guide
By: Colton Redtfeldt - 12/28/2021

Connecting the Zebra CS6080 barcode scanner to your iOS device is a simple process when you have all the needed configuration codes in front of you. Thankfully, we’ve compiled all the needed info into one simple page. Follow the instructions below to get your CS6080 up and running in no time! Step 1: Ensure the Device is Charged There are two ways to charge the wireless CS6080. One is to use the Zebra charging cradle and the other is to use a wireless charging pad. Once the device is inserted into the cradle or placed on the charging pad, the LED at the top of the scanner should start to b...

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Looking for a ZD410? Start Here!
By: Colton Redtfeldt - 12/22/2021

Update: As of July 2022, the ZD410 has been discontinued and replaced by the ZD411. That printer can be found by clicking here. Compatability on USB, Ethernet, and WiFi models should be unaffected. Bluetooth models might be impacted. Reached out to us or your software developer for more information. Are you looking for a ZD410 but can’t seem to find stock anywhere? Maybe your software company says you can ONLY use a ZD410. Don’t fret - you have options. In general, any Zebra printer can be replaced for another Zebra printer so long as you’re getting the same connection type and connecting to a...

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Double Knot Compatability Guide
By: Colton Redtfeldt - 11/10/2021

DoubleKnot POS is one of the museum and cultural attraction industry’s most popular point-of-sale and ticketing softwares. With a comprehensive set of attendance-tracking features and mobile payment options, it’s not hard to see why. A DoubleKnot Sales Station is made up of five parts: an iOS device, a barcode scanner, a cash drawer, a receipt printer, and a card reader. We’ll break down each section below. If you have any questions on hardware, feel free to reach out to our team of Sales Engineers for help. If you have any questions regarding the software, you can contact DoubleKnot here. ...

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Upgrading to Windows 11 - Is it Worth it?
By: Colton Redtfeldt - 10/29/2021

Windows recently released Windows 11 as a free upgrade to people running a compatible version of Windows 10. We've had a number of customers reach out to us recently asking if they should upgrade their point-of-sale computers to the newest updates. The short answer is no — at least not yet. There are a few reasons business owners should hold off. The biggest reason is that it's not clear yet on which point of sale software applications will work on the new upgrade and many companies are suggesting that they will not provide support to Windows 11 users if they run into issues. Companies like re...

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