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Receipt Rolls Blog

Receipt Rolls Blog

  • Choosing the Color of your Clearance Labels

    When labeling your clearance items, you can mark them with a sticker, slash the prices with a marker or pen, or utilize a completely new label. If you decide to use clearance labels, businesses are commonly faced with the choice of red labels, or yellow labels. Does the color matter? Well, depending on what you want your customers to think upon seeing the label, it just might. Here is a breakdown of the effect that red and yellow have on the human brain, and why you might want to pick one color over the other.

    Yellow: Yellow is the most highly visible color of all colors, this may be why many traffic signs are printed on a yellow background. Though it is a color associated with happiness and sunshine, it is also harsh on our eyes. This harshness can cause an anxious, agitated reaction, which most people tend to want to avoid.

    Red: Red is a strong, powerful color. Though it is not as visible as yellow, red has the property of appearing closer than it actually is. The color is stimulating and energizing, prompting people into action – it is even known to stimulate the human fight or flight response. A drawback to using red, though, is its aggressive connotation. Though when you want someone to take the action of snagging your clearance item off the shelf, that may not be such a bad thing.

    Both red and yellow are easily visible and highly impactful, so either color will get shoppers’ attention. But if you want to tap into the psychology of color, the smart clearance label choice would be red rather than yellow. Because the color subtly prompts action, and you want shoppers to take action, it’s the clear winner.

  • Receipts and Consumer Privacy

    As a consumer, there are several options to choose from after you complete a transaction. You can: A) Get a paper receipt. B) Get an electronic receipt. C) Forgo a receipt altogether.

    Some would argue that B and C are the best options available, and in some ways, they are right. Utilizing e-receipts and/or choosing not to take a receipt are both great for the environment, but they may not be the best choice when it comes to protecting your information. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why e-receipts may not be as advantageous as you think:

    First, there’s the issue of receiving said receipt. In order to do so, you must divulge your e-mail address to the business from which you are purchasing. Most people don’t see this as an issue, but in handing over this information you may be giving it to organizations other than the one you are currently shopping. Companies often compile shopper data into lists that they then sell to other companies looking to advertise their products and services to you. You might think that they aren’t allowed to do this, but you gave your information freely, and they are well within their rights.

    Then, there is the issue of typos. If the person behind the cash register just happens to enter your information incorrectly, not only are you out of a receipt – and unable to return many items – but someone else has your purchasing information. These types of receipts can also be snagged by spam filters, or simply lost in over-crowded inboxes.

    As for forgoing a receipt altogether, there are a myriad of drawbacks that no one wants to deal with. These include the inability to return items, claim rebates, check for transactional errors, or support tax deductions. Therefore, choosing not to receive a receipt is by far the worst option.

    Though the options have expanded, there is still only one clear choice that protects consumer rights and privacy. Next time you head out to the store, make sure you receive a paper receipt, and know that you have all of the information you need to fix errors, file taxes, and return items if the need arises.

  • Laser vs. Thermal Label Printing

    When deciding what printer to use for your business’ barcode and labeling needs, it is important to consider your options. Though laser printers are common, thermal printing solutions present a great opportunity to reduce cost and increase efficiency. Why should you choose a thermal printer over a laser printer? Below are five thermal printing advantages that laser printers simply can’t compete with.

    1. Reduced Cost Not only are many thermal label printing solutions cheaper than laser printers; they also save your business money over time. Thermal label printers require less energy, less maintenance, and waste fewer materials, which add up to a lower cost of ownership over the life of your printer.

    2. Increased Functionality Laser printers can only print a certain length of paper, while thermal printers have no problem printing long banners. This is due to the ability to utilize paper rolls rather than the reams of paper cut into standardized sizes used by laser printers.

    3. Sustainability Thermal label printing solutions need less energy to function at high-efficiency, due to utilization of different design features and technology. Where laser printers require a laser, fuser, and heating drum, thermal printers have only a heating element and a motor to feed the paper rolls through the device. Because of these differences, thermal label printing can offer over a 50 percent energy savings when compared to laser printers.

    4. No Toner When printing with a laser printer you must use toner cartridges, which are not only an added cost, but can be messy and require special disposal due to their status as a material hazard. With thermal label printing methods, direct thermal or thermal transfer, there is no need to deal with toner.

    5. Single or Multi-use With laser printers, printing a single label or a handful of labels means sacrificing an entire sheet. Thermal printers use printer ribbons that allow you to print the exact number of labels you need without creating any excess waste.

  • Why Paper Receipts Still Matter in the Digital Age

    Just as credit cards have not completely eliminated cash transaction, the emergence of digital receipts has not brought the end of paper receipts. Paper receipts still serve an important function for many consumers who wish to stay on top of their budgets and financial records. Here are four reasons why paper receipts are still a necessary part of our financial lives:

    1. Permanence Especially in a world where email inboxes are bombarded with hundreds of emails daily, and spam filters in those inboxes, digital receipts can be easily lost in translation or accidentally deleted.

    2. Gift Receipts Paper receipts allow customers to provide gift receipts to their loved ones when purchasing presents, whereas digital receipts are impractical for this purpose.

    3. Tax Purposes Having physical documentation detailing your expenses is essential when tax season comes around. Especially if an audit comes into play.

    4. Errors If you choose an e-receipt, the concept of out of sight, out of mind may come into play. Because of this, it is much less likely that you will catch errors in your transactions – such as if you’ve been charged double for an item.

    Even with the recent push for digital receipts, paper receipts are still important for all business POS systems. Receipts protect you, the consumer. Don’t get caught without one!

  • Direct Thermal vs. Thermal Transfer Printing

    Thermal printing is the result of a chemical reaction instigated by heat. Two types of thermal printing exist: direct thermal printing and thermal transfer printing.

    Direct thermal printing is the process of printing an image on thermal paper as it passes over the thermal print head. Selectively heating the image on the paper results in the coating of the thermal paper changing color in the specified space, creating the desired image. Direct thermal printing does not require a ribbon or ink, but the paper is chemically treated and heat sensitive. This kind of printing is more vulnerable to light and heat, so the prints do not last as thermal transfer prints. Because no ink, toner, or ribbon is required for direct thermal printing, it is a popular choice for barcode and label printing.

    Thermal transfer printing is the process of printing an image on thermal paper by melting a thin coat of ribbon in the image or design directly onto the paper or other printing material. Thermal transfer printing is great for quickly printing on different materials and is often used to create durable wristbands, certification labels, durable tags, and tickets. Printing colored images is also easier to accomplish with thermal transfer printing, since the ribbon is colored instead of the actual paper on which it is printed.

    When choosing which process of thermal printing is right for your business or project, be sure to consider:
    • Whether or not you want the print to be colored
    • The surface on which you are printing
    • The elements the print will be exposed
    • How long you need the image to remain visible

  • Instant Camera, Instant Receipt Paper Pictures

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    We have discussed the properties and benefits of thermal paper, especially when you are looking at the business world. Speed and accuracy are hallmarks of thermal printers and thermal paper, making them ideal for companies with a vast printing needs, like restaurants wit POS terminals and display and pay parking kiosks. We don’t often see thermal paper as a part of home life, but a new camera is about to change that.

    Michael Ciuffo, an electrical engineer from the west coast, has built a prototype for his new invention – the PrintSnap. This camera lets us take a step back from the wired world and brings us back to what a picture is – a preserved moment in time. Picture resolution is 640 x 384 pixels and printed on standard receipt paper with a mobile hand held thermal printer. If you do the math, you’ll find that for the price of eight Polaroids, you will get more than 8,000 PrintSnap images. Images are not stored and cannot be uploaded to any kind of device; they are simply – and quickly – printed.

    This impressive use of thermal printing provides the right level of nostalgia and vintage look that has become popular. While you can’t purchase the camera yet, you can begin stocking up on receipt paper for all your fun photos.

    Learn more and watch the video here: PrintSnap Website

  • Tips for Buying the Right Thermal Printer Paper

    If your industry relies on thermal receipts for POS printers or mobile printers, you know the variety of options and choices you face when choosing the right paper for your receipt needs. Not only are there numerous sizes, qualities, and functions of paper, but the amount of available on the market are nearly immeasurable.

    Depending on the purpose of your receipts and print outs, your paper must meet certain requirements. These requirements dictate the quality of paper you need. If you are running a parking ramp or are in charge of outdoor ATMs, you will want a more durable paper quality than if you have a restaurant or need to print movie theater tickets. You also need to consider if your receipts will have more than one color or if your receipts will be multi-ply.

    Another aspect to consider when choosing the right thermal printer paper for your business is the size of the paper roll itself. If you buy thermal transfer paper that doesn’t fit properly into the printer, you can do serious damage to your printer. Pay attention to the length of the paper roll as well. Obviously, longer rolls will print more receipts, but you need to be sure those longer rolls will fit in the printer.

    Purchase volume is another aspect to pay attention to when selecting your thermal printer paper. Usually, you can get a better price on receipt rolls when you buy in bulk. Take the time to research how quickly you go through your receipt rolls and how much you can safely buy at once. After a few years, thermal paper does lose some of its efficacy, so try not to order too much at once. You are better off saving money through buying quality paper in bulk than small orders of low-quality paper. Your money will be better spent on quality paper, and your customers will be happier, too.

    Feel free to ask your paper supplier if you have more questions about which paper rolls to buy or even which printers would best suit your business’s needs.

  • Tips for Buying the Right Thermal Printer Paper

    If your industry relies on thermal receipts for POS printers or mobile printers, you know the variety of options and choices you face when choosing the right paper for your receipt needs. Not only are there numerous sizes, qualities, and functions of paper, but the amount of available on the market are nearly immeasurable.Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 4.34.00 PM

    Depending on the purpose of your receipts and print outs, your paper must meet certain requirements. These requirements dictate the quality of paper you need. If you are running a parking ramp or are in charge of outdoor ATMs, you will want a more durable paper quality than if you have a restaurant or need to print movie theater tickets. You also need to consider if your receipts will have more than one color or if your receipts will be multi-ply.

    Another aspect to consider when choosing the right thermal printer paper for your business is the size of the paper roll itself. If you buy thermal transfer paper that doesn’t fit properly into the printer, you can do serious damage to your printer. Pay attention to the length of the paper roll as well. Obviously, longer rolls will print more receipts, but you need to be sure those longer rolls will fit in the printer.

    Purchase volume is another aspect to pay attention to when selecting your thermal printer paper. Usually, you can get a better price on receipt rolls when you buy in bulk. Take the time to research how quickly you go through your receipt rolls and how much you can safely buy at once. After a few years, thermal paper does lose some of its efficacy, so try not to order too much at once. You are better off saving money through buying quality paper in bulk than small orders of low-quality paper. Your money will be better spent on quality paper, and your customers will be happier, too.

    Feel free to ask your paper supplier if you have more questions about which paper rolls to buy or even which printers would best suit your business’s needs.

  • How To Measure a Paper Roll

    When stocking up on your receipt and thermal paper rolls, one of the most important elements to know is the size of paper you need for your POS system, computer, printer, etc.  Paper rolls have multiple dimensions that need to be taken into consideration:

    • Roll width – which is the measurement of the paper from side to side
    • Roll diameter – which is the width of the largest part of the circle if the roll is set on its side
    • Roll length – which is the length/amount of paper on the roll
    • Inside core diameter – which is the size of the center hole in the roll’s core
    • Outside core diameter – which is the size of the diameter of the roll’s core in its entirety
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    Receipt printers have very specific measurements and the thermal paper rolls and receipt paper has to fit the machine properly in order to be effective. You can use a standard desk ruler to make the measurements. If you have questions regarding the size of paper or roll you need for your printer, do not hesitate to ask! You can call our customer service staff at 1.877.612.6149 to answer any questions you may have.

  • No More Pocket Change for Parking

    Remember the days of digging through your car trying to find a spare quarter? Those moments are almost entirely a thing of the past. As more parking companies and cities move to multi-parking spot pay stations, the quality of technology increases, as does the need for mobile printing.parkingmeter

    Thermal mobile printing has changed the way we treat public parking. Mobile thermal printer paper enables the payment kiosks to print receipts quickly and precisely. Thermal printing also allows the receipts to hold useful information for consumers: amount paid, date, time of payment, expiration time, and parking space number. With these new, smarter payment stations, you can even add time to your parking space from any station, as long as you have the correct space number – found on your parking receipt!

    Because there are no inks to maintain, cities and companies can feel confident that the pay stations will continue working no matter the season. Thermal paper also ensures that the receipts will last – typically for many years – once they are printed. Wi-Fi capabilities in cities allows payment tracking and approval in real time, so parking meter owners can also better monitor traffic activity. These proficiencies have not only improved the convenience of parking, but also the ability of consumers to track their payments.

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