Fort Mill, S.C. – January 5, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced scan performance enhancements available on all Stratos 2400 five-sided, 360°-bioptic scanners. These enhancements enable cashiers to increase speed and precision when scanning GS1 DataBar™ and high density bar codes, both of which are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s retail environment. Enhanced Stratos 2400 scanners allow cashiers to scan nearly all bar codes on the first pass and eliminate the need to hand-type hard-to-read bar codes or spend time searching for the bar code “sweet spot”—saving up to 14 seconds per product scanned. The new enhancements also help retailers prepare for the GS1 DataBar sunrise initiative.
Another enhancement to the Stratos 2400 series is the addition of a solution to address weigh-shrink. A single or three-sided flip-up weigh bar can be added to Stratos 2400 scanners, enabling cashiers to capture the full weight of oversized produce along the length or width of the platter, ensuring accuracy in produce pricing.
“Speed and accuracy are of utmost concern in today’s retail environment, and revenue lost due to the inaccurate weighing of produce is a top concern for retailers,” said Taylor Smith, director of product management—scanning, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. “Honeywell’s new scanning enhancements drive a quicker, more accurate checkout process which results in increased store profitability and customer satisfaction—two of the most fundamental goals for all retailers.”
All new Stratos 2400 scanners are capable of supporting Honeywell’s hand-held area-imaging scanners, which are becoming more prevalent as a secondary scanner at the point-of-sale, as well as Honeywell’s linear scanners. A secondary scanner eliminates the need for cashiers to lift large or bulky items, while an area-imaging scanner provides the added benefit of allowing cashiers to scan damaged 1D bar codes that can not be read with a bioptic scanner, as well as 2D bar codes used in emerging applications, such as age verification and mobile couponing.
The introduction of two new Stratos 2400 models—a 20” (508 mm) scanner-only model and a 20” (508 mm) scanner/scale model—expands the breadth of the product line. With these new models, retailers can now deploy the Stratos 2400 series across multiple store formats with different scanner footprints, including 13.9” (353 mm) and 15.7” (399 mm). Deploying a single scanner platform reduces training costs for support staff, as well as service costs associated with maintaining spare parts pools. Combined, these cost reductions lower the total cost of ownership.
“The new 20” Stratos 2400 scanners provide retailers with the ability to select the model that best fits each store’s needs,” said Smith. “With this option, retailers are able to implement a unified system that cuts operating costs and allows them to focus on their core business functions.”