Open products that interface easily with the store systems
The user design of the printer also played a vital role in the choice. Before choosing a solution, MIM tested products in the store, and the sales staff highlighted the little extras that the QL 220 brings to users. "Zebra's mobile printer is very light, connects easily to the PDT, opens wide when you have to change a label roll and has sufficient battery life to ensure good user autonomy," says Philippe Lafon. "In other words, unlike other products, the QL 220 really was designed for mobile labelling and that makes it easier to use and delivers good value for money."
Another advantage of these printers is that they are upgradeable. They are equipped for WIFI or BLUETOOTH connectivity, enabling MIM to upgrade its network to new communication technologies without changing the printer hardware. Lastly, but by no means least for Philippe Lafon, "the QL 220 has standard interfaces that allow users to do their own independent development." Zetes France, a VAR specialised in automatic identification and a Zebra partner, has supported this independence by designing a system that makes it easier to integrate new peripherals. "Thanks to our development tools, it took only two days to develop the programme for interfacing the PDTs with the printers," says Alain Priol, Managing Director of Zetes France. "The key advantage of these printers is their user friendliness: small footprint, powerful autonomy, and robustness. They really are good value for money."