Keeping up with technology today can be exhausting. I mean who has time to sift through sites full of model numbers trying to find out the differences in card scanners and pick the one that’s right for your company?
Don’t worry, in this article we’re going to split up card scanners into two programs in which you would need a scanner. Then we’ll go over the types of scanners you would want for each program you’ll be using with your customers and/or employees.
Access Cards & Scanners
Whether you want to add an extra layer of security for your staff and members or you wish to save money and get away from using the old method of key locks. Installing an access control panel and assigning access cards is a popular option for your business.
Access cards are cards that have magnetic stripes which you can swipe to allow access into your facility. Magnetic card readers tend to be lower in cost and have more functionality other than just letting someone through a door. For instance, you can keep track of each swipe by your employees for payroll purposes and you can keep track of balances on a rewards card for your customers.
- MSR213U Magnetic Stripe Reader is a recommended magnetic card reader that has all of the functions mentioned above and can be used as a credit/debit card reader
Loyalty Programs & Scanners
Loyalty Programs are becoming more and more popular these days. Whether you are rewarding your customers with discounts or opportunities for free products, the system you will use is the same.
Loyalty cards can be made at ID Source in whichever format your system or POS supports. The most common reward card is the barcode.
When choosing the scanner for your barcode you have two options, a presentation barcode scanner or a handheld barcode scanner.
Presentation barcode scanners are the hands-free option, they sit on the counter and don’t have to be picked up to be used. These scanners have a wider range of scanning so waving a reward card in front of it will be easier than trying to aim the barcode.
These scanners are great for customers when checking in to your facility and don’t want to stand in line to get their reward card scanned. Or if you decide to have a kiosk for customers to check their reward balance while shopping.
- Metrologic MS7580 is an example of a presentation scanner that would look great on your countertop and perform the functions you would expect in a barcode scanner
Handheld barcode scanners are exactly that, barcode scanners that you hold while scanning your membership cards. Some of these scanners will come with a stand so that you have the hands-free option.
This scanner is good for facilities that are already utilizing check-in desks and want to add a membership program to be scanned during check-in. Or if you are a retail shop and wish to scan the card at the time of check-out using your POS System.
- Motorola LS2208 is a top seller in handheld barcode scanners
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