Barcode Printing Solutions for Asset Tracking Over Multiple Locations

Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) is one of China's four state commercial banks; an important part of the country's financialsystem. Due to consistent growth, ABC needed to incorporate an automated asset tracking solution. ABC implemented Postek labelprinters throughout their branches in 2006. In 2007, ABC was named a Fortune Global 500 Company by Fortune magazine.

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The Agricultural Bank of China, experiencing rapid growth, sought a viable solution for their faulty asset tracking problem. Their method of asset tracking was, to a great extent, manual, and theinefficiency of this non-automated method was taking its toll with increased errors and extra labor. With over 40 branches,international offices, and more than 450,000 employees, the bank's responsibility of extreme accuracy in asset tracking led themto seek a solution that integrated their networks, automated and optimized the tracking process, significantly reduced errors, andimproved overall efficiency.

To meet targeted asset tracking goals, ABC decided to use barcode labels which would be scanned by handheld barcode readersintegrated with the bank's asset and inventory database.

The bank needed small footprint barcode printers for their branch locations, and needed printers that produced quality labels, quickly.Many managers and employees would be required to use the printers; therefore, ABC was looking for user-friendly operations.After conducting a thorough exploration of several leading solution providers, ABC selected Postek as their barcode printer supplier.




Core products: 

   Other  deliverables: 

Solution benefits: 

  Agricultural Bank of China


  Automation of Asset Tracking Company Wide

  General Purpose Barcode Printers (Postek's G-2108) and Compact Barcode Printers (Postek's C168)

  System wide customized product training.

• Branches across 11 cities incorporated over 700 printers, reducing labor cost and improving information accuracy.

• Inventory tracking retrieval time increased significantly.

• Label media cost was kept to a minimum due to printers compatibility with a wide-range of label brands.

• Printers performed outstanding for necessary long-runs due to the large media capacity and heat transfer design.

• Employee training across main branches supported the project's goals and minimized company-wideimplementation time, ensuring the project's success



Postek's general purpose barcode printer model, the G-2108, and Postek's compact model, the C168, were selected for ABC's various needs. To date, over 700 barcode label printers were incorporated into their branches throughout 11 cities.

Known for its compact structure with industrial strength, Postek's G-2108 barcode label printer features two types of media sensors:

Reflective (adjustable), and Transmissive, providing for a wider range of media choices since these sensors enable the printerto print to both opaque and translucent labels. Additionally, Postek's unique patented Convective Heat Transfer (CHT) design,incorporated on the G-2108 model, transfers the motor's heat away from the printer, enabling continuous, long print runs withoutsacrificing print quality. The G-2108 printer design accommodates up to 300 meters of ribbon and 120 meters of media, capacityusually found in larger sized printers.

Many of ABC branches received Postek's C168 compact model.This printer provided for the smallest desktop footprint, yet still accommodates up to 360 meters of ribbon and over 100 millimeters of media. With ultra easy set-up and outstandingquality, this printer provided the value ABC desired. To roll out the solution effectively, Postek implemented 3 daysof product training to branches in the Guangdong Province. For additional support, Postek designed and implemented video basedtraining.

About Postek

From the Company's inception in 1998, Postek has listened to customer and industry needs and has put focus on R&D to provide the right solutions. The result: Postek has become a leading barcode manufacturer producing top of class high-performing printers with little to no maintenance needs, wide media choices,and ultra easy operations.

Postek barcode printers have become the optimal choice for manycorporations in such diverse fields as apparel, logistics, retail,healthcare and supply chain management, as well as government agencies such as postal services and libraries.

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