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Software – Something That We Can Ship

With the ongoing, global chip shortage, we thought for this month’s Featured Product, we would focus on something that we can ship right away, software!  Our software sales doubled in 2021 over 2020.  There are a few reasons for that, including the continued shift to a Software As a Service (SAS) model by many of […]

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Using Zebra’s Network Connect

Continuing the theme of highlighting obscure Zebra connectivity tools, this month we focus on Network Connect.  This is a tool from Zebra that allows you to connect both scanners and label printers directly to your PLC without the need for much more complex PLC programming. For Link-OS enabled Zebra printers, this is a firmware upgrade.  […]

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Business is Personal

We are always trying to humanize things around here at EMP.  Trying to make our interactions with everyone, co-workers, customers, and vendors…… well human.  We recently added a new culture poster to our collection about The Speed of Trust.  The concept that efficiencies go up and costs come down once a business relationship, based on […]

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EMP Tech Group is Hiring Again!

If you look on LinkedIn or any other business posting site, you will see postings where companies are hiring.  At EMP it is no different.  What probably is different is that we are not replacing anyone who has left for greener pastures, but rather building our team as customer demand is increasing.  Good problems to […]

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Still Waiting on New Service Vans

Last month we talked about the chip shortage impacting our customer shipments. This month we focus on a less obvious place that the chip shortage is impacting our business, service vans. We have had two new ones on order since the middle of the summer and are still not completely sure when we are going […]

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New Hires in the Technical Services Group

We have been beefing up our Technical Services group lately.  This team is at the heart of our company, doing the work that it takes, to make the hardware that we sell, work in the customer’s environment.  Sometimes that is simply maintaining label printers.  Sometimes that is running a large project that includes custom programming, […]

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Will Terminal Emulation Ever Go Away?

We are both delighted and confused by how much Terminal Emulation is still used on handheld devices in the warehouse. We also have lots of customers still running legacy AS/400’s or iSeries machines. We delight since we know how it works and can still support these customers.  But we are confused since this technology is […]

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Stand Alone Scan & Print

EMP Scan & Print

Not a new topic for this part of our newsletter, but Scan and Print is the hottest EMP product that we sell. We have some good YouTube videos that get attention from all over the world. And we mean all over the world, we recently sent several systems to a very large company in Germany.  Several systems […]

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Mobile Power Carts for the Visually Impaired

Challenge: Design a labeling process for the visually impaired centered around mobility and efficiency. Solution: Newcastle lithium-ion mobile cart, (3) Zebra ZD420 printers, custom software for integration. Story: The EMP team is always looking to serve their customers, and they love a good customer who is also a good cause. Bosma Enterprises has been one […]

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Oops, I Read the Wrong Barcode!

Tired of scanning the wrong barcode? Here are our top tips on how to prevent this problem.

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Robotics in the Warehouse

If you know the EMP Tech Group, you know that we are a big Zebra partner.  Zebra makes up most of the hardware products that we sell.  Lately, Zebra has pushed into some new product offerings including tablet computers, fixed scanners, machine vision, all things that EMP was already selling to our customers.  But recently […]

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Face to Face Meetings with Great Feedback

Finally, the day is here. We can go to customer sites and work with you in person, on projects and improvements. It is so much more effective to meet face to face and see the challenges that you are working on in person. We are better able to think through the best solution for a business problem […]

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