Toshiba TEC Duplex printers


We live in a world where goods move faster than ever and consumers expect products to reach them in a matter of hours after placing an order.

Interestingly, here in the UK, we are the biggest online spenders in the world. We use the Internet for 15.6% of our total retail purchasing, followed by China (13.8%), Norway (11.5%), Finland (10.8%%) and South Korea (10.5%).
(Source: Invespcro)

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), as at February 2017, online sales in the UK have increased year-on-year by 20.7% and by 3.3% on the month. In February 2017 the average weekly spending online was £1.0 billion - an increase of 20.7% compared with February 2016.
(Source: ONS)

With millions of products being despatched each week, online retailers have to guarantee prompt and accurate delivery of their goods if they are to build an excellent reputation and consolidate their customer base.

That’s why including the correct documentation with each order is vital – and speed is of the essence. Innovations like Toshiba’s Duplex Thermal Printer have emerged as the ideal option for busy logistics environments where operations managers need to speed up the packaging and despatch processes, while also saving money on ink and paper.

Toshiba’s dual-headed printers can produce documentation in a matter of seconds and significantly reduce the time taken for the despatch process compared with laser printers. They also provide a significant improvement in reliability and reduce the potential for ‘down time’ as well as helping to cut your carbon footprint and lower the total cost of printer ownership.

Instead of printing each despatch note and label individually, they print on both sides of a duplex thermal label simultaneously. Tying the documentation together and eliminating errors.
A shipping label on the front with the reverse side used for contents of the package, returns information and labels can also be included. This makes the documentation tamperproof, increasing customer confidence and reducing claims for lost, tampered and mislabelled packages.
At only 22 cm high, with a 20 cm x 24 cm footprint, Toshiba’s duplex printer not only improves efficiency, but also saves precious warehouse and workbench space.
And – there are no inks or toners to worry about, so you’ll never have the headache of disposing of empty toner cartridges.
“All this sounds great,” you may be thinking, “but will these printers talk to my in-house systems?” Yes, they will! The printer’s on board GDI (graphic data interface) has a Windows driver for seamless integration with warehouse management systems, without the need for middleware.
Intelligent, robust, reliable and with a small footprint – a new Toshiba Duplex Thermal Printer could quickly become your favourite employee!

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Toshiba Original Ribbon Supplies

We’re all familiar with the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ and most of us at one time or another will have experienced that sinking feeling when something we thought was a bargain turned out to be far from it.

When it comes to purchasing thermal transfer printer ribbons this saying should be kept firmly in mind, as compatible ribbons can be nothing more than a false economy. One of the most common reasons why people fall into the trap of buying compatible ribbons is the initial cost. Yet, compared to the genuine article, they tend to be between just 10-20 per cent cheaper, a figure that pales into insignificance when additional advantages such as performance, consistency, quality and value are factored in.


As an example, let’s look at the issues surrounding barcode printing. In 2014 The GS1 Label Quality Report discovered that almost 30 per cent of all pallets it reviewed had some form of labelling problem such as poor print quality. Unreadable barcodes will usually require re-labelling, re-scanning, or even manual entry of critical information by a human operator. There might also be costs and fines imposed for sending back and re-palletising and, in the case of food, the entire shipment could have to be thrown away. Accurate printing is therefore crucial for effective value chain management and high-quality ribbons are fundamental in making this happen.

So what’s the difference between manufacturer approved and compatible ribbons? The answer is much more than you might imagine. The former are made with a high-quality back coating, which prevents a build up of static charge. In a thermal transfer printer, static can create an electrical spike, which could easily blow the pins on the print head, necessitating a replacement. Print heads can be expensive to replace and warranties can be invalidated through the use of compatible products.

It might also surprise you to know that ribbons deteriorate with age and have a limited shelf life – typically 12 months from the date of manufacture. Compatible products are generally taken from ‘jumbo’ rolls that may have been transported all around the world and exchange hands many times over a period of many months before finally being converted into ribbons to fit a particular printer. Conversely, manufacturer approved ribbons are largely made to order from fresh a jumbo roll. The finished product received by the customer is never more than between 1 or 2 months old.

Toshiba approved ribbons are constantly being tested to ensure the quality and consistency. These tests are carried out on a variety of receiving materials and at every speed and temperature combination. Only once the tests are completed, and deemed successful, will the ribbon receive a certificate of approval and customers can also rest assured that it has been manufactured in facilities that operate to the highest environmental standards such as ISO 50001 and other European Union (EU) regulation.

Using the right ribbon for the application is vital and yet there is often a lack of knowledge about this issue. It’s why technical support is vital and we have experts who can always recommend the right solution for any application, whether it is standard label printing, textile/wash care or a speciality application requiring, BS 5609, UL or direct food certification.

Toshiba approved ribbons will cover them all.

Don’t be fooled by lower cost ribbons. Although they might look like a good deal initially, when it comes to performance, consistency, total cost of ownership and the ability to protect an investment, they can prove to be sadly lacking. On the other hand, if you buy manufacturer approved ribbons, you can feel confident that they have been designed and manufactured to meet the highest standards using the best quality materials. Ultimately, they will enhance the overall print quality and give the best possible results.

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LT Direct Thermal

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LINCOLNSHIRE and SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 27, 2014 – Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) and Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Zebra has completed the acquisition of Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business for $3.45 billion in cash. The transaction was funded with $200 million of cash on hand and $3.25 billion in new debt. “This transformative acquisition creates one company with unparalleled capabilities and leading global brands in our industry,” stated Anders Gustafsson, Zebra’s chief executive officer. “Our scope and scale make us a more strategic business partner to our customers. We are well positioned to serve our businesses with solutions and services that help them achieve greater visibility for better enterprise asset intelligence. Our efforts are supported by superior global go-to-market channels and the most talented people in the industry. Together, we can provide the building blocks of Internet of Things solutions, as customers worldwide increasingly take advantage of data analytics and mobility to improve business performance.”

“With the successful close of this transaction, Motorola Solutions is now singularly focused on the very core that our company was founded and built upon – a business that continues to help build safer cities and thriving businesses around the world through innovative mission-critical communications solutions,” stated Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions chairman and CEO. “Motorola Solutions is well-positioned for growth and success, building on our industry leadership, unrivaled brand, product development and customer relationships.”

As part of the sale, approximately 4,500 Motorola Solutions employees from locations throughout the world will transfer to Zebra.

Strategic Fit for Zebra

The transaction significantly expands and strengthens Zebra’s product portfolio, geographic reach, go-to-market channels and industries served. The combined organization has about 20,000 channel partners in more than 100 countries, and approximately 4,300 U.S. and international patents issued and pending. The combination of Zebra and Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business will allow Zebra to offer its shareholders and customers the following benefits:

    • Industry-leading data capture, mobile computing, specialty printing and asset tracking solutions and services
    • Stronger combined platform with multiple growth opportunities
    • New and comprehensive product, technology and IP portfolio
    • Leading end-to-end solutions across key industries with global reach
    • Highly diversified business mix
    • Synergies by maximizing efficiencies and scale
    • Attractive growth and free cash flow profile

Strategic Divestiture for Motorola Solutions

With the close of the transaction, Motorola Solutions will be exclusively focused on making its public safety and commercial customers’ operations faster, smarter and more efficient by providing innovative, industry-leading mission-critical communications, data and information solutions. The company has 50,000 public safety and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and a number of attributes that the company believes will fuel future growth including: An extraordinarily committed workforce that consistently delivers innovative solutions and is unmatched in expertise and experience

      • A growing solutions and services business
      • Leadership in next-generation technologies, such as public safety LTE
      • Investment in product and systems development
      • An unrivaled brand
      • Go-to-market and channel strength
      • A unique portfolio of intellectual property

The company plans to discuss its capital return plan as part of its third-quarter earnings news release and analyst conference call on Nov. 4, 2014.

About Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise Business

With 2013 pro-forma sales of approximately $2.5 billion, Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business is an industry leader in mobile computing and advanced data capture communications technologies that serve customers in retail, transportation & logistics, and manufacturing. The sale includes Motorola Solutions’ wireless local area network (WLAN), Rhomobile and MESH businesses. About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical solutions and services for public safety and commercial customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter. Motorola Solutions trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “MSI.” To learn more, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom or subscribe to our news feed.

About Zebra

Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) makes businesses as smart and connected as the world we live in. Zebra tracking and visibility solutions transform the physical to digital, creating the data streams businesses need in order to simplify operations, know more about their business, and empower their mobile workforce.

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