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The Visible Value Blog

Welcome to a place where you can connect and learn.

When you think Zebra, you may think of printers, but we're so much more than that. A leader in developing solutions that feature barcode, RFID and RTLS technologies, Zebra converts the physical into the digital to give assets, people and transactions a virtual voice. When you have more visibility, you can drive more value.

In this blog, we will:

  • Break down the basics of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how our connected world is making a big impact on how we work and play
  • Cover all the latest trends in visibility technology, like barcoding, RFID and RTLS, across many industries
  • Give you a closer look at the latest news and solutions from Zebra

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Keeping the Shelves Stocked

Posted by Zebra EMEA August 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Ever paused to think about how supermarket shelves are stocked and the army of unseen logistics firms that make sure everything we need is there when we want it? Palmer and Harvey in the UK is one such hero business.

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, EMEA, T&L, logistics, Inventory Management, Mobile, TC75

Demystifying PPID

Posted by Zebra EMEA August 16, 2016 at 12:17 PM

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Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, mistakes inevitably occur within the healthcare sector. The World Health Organisation found that around 23% of European Union citizens claim to have been directly affected by medical error. Whilst many mistakes are easily rectified, the consequences for some unwitting patients can be serious harm or even death.

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Topics: Healthcare, Wristbands, Internet of Things, EMEA, Patient Identification

Digitisation enables retailers to meet consumers' evolving needs

Posted by Mark Thomson August 15, 2016 at 3:30 AM

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The UK retail sector will change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50.  The challenge for retailers to satisfy customers is now greater than ever. Customer loyalty is at an all-time low whilst expectations have never been higher. Retailers are now expected to provide an effective service across multiple channels whilst maintaining a sustainable cost model. At the same time, it’s imperative that your business is consistent in its processes across all channels from start to finish. Consumers expect the same experience whether in-store, online or via mobile.

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Topics: Retail, Internet of Things, EMEA, Loyalty, Omni-channel

How compact printers reduce patient sample collection errors

Posted by Gareth Aitken August 15, 2016 at 3:00 AM

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Mistakes are inevitable and occur throughout all industries, yet errors, such as sampling errors, made within the healthcare sector are particularly serious as they can directly affect a patient’s wellbeing. As demand for healthcare services continues to rise, it’s imperative that processes become more efficient in order to limit mistakes and increase staff productivity. There are also severe financial implications that arise due to poor sampling processes, as the costs of redraws, retesting and additional treatment are substantial.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, Printers, EMEA, labelling,

Do You Count on Accurate Inventory Reporting?

Posted by John Wyer August 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM

What do you do if you run a successful business and yet have to rely on consultants to tell you how much stock you have at any particular moment in time? Prénatal Moeder & Kind B.V, the leading Dutch maternity products distributor and retailer, was in such a position, employing an external company to run automated inventory counts across its 19 megastores and 40 city stores throughout the Netherlands.

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Topics: Retail, Point of sale, EMEA, mobile computing, Technology, MC40

Why technology is key to improving patient outcomes

Posted by Zebra EMEA August 9, 2016 at 5:35 AM

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The NHS is being pushed to its limit; over one million patients require NHS treatment every 36 hours. Demand for healthcare services is rising, whilst two thirds of hospitals are now in a deficit as a result of growing financial pressures. Calls for 24/7 working and improved efficiency will only compound the issue further, as the funding gap is projected to reach £30 billion by 2020. Planned expenditure for 2015/2016 is £116bn and NHS leaders argue that investment in transforming services is the only way to redress the balance.

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Topics: Healthcare, Internet of Things, EMEA, Patient Identification, Barcode Scanners

Visibility Behind the Scenes: Zebra's Role in Jason Bourne

Posted by Jeff Schmitz August 5, 2016 at 11:19 AM

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It’s a routine Zebra VP of Location Solutions, Jill Stelfox knows well. Board the flight, take your seat, put your headphones on, check email and catch-up on tasks. She travels extensively in her role.  Last fall, she wore her Zebra Sports logo gear on a flight to San Jose headed to a Thursday night NFL game. Jill wasn’t looking for conversation on the flight, but when an interested football fan sat next to her, the Zebra logo gear prompted an intriguing conversation.

Being a huge 49ers fan and fantasy football junkie, he loves the NFL’s “Next Gen Stats” and knew Zebra was the force behind it.  As the conversation continued, Jill learned she was talking with one of Hollywood’s most famous set decorators, Scott Bobbitt.  He and his brother have worked on dozens of hit movies including Ocean’s Eleven, the Bourne movies, and many more. 

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Topics: Location Solutions, North America, Sports Solutions, NFL, Zebra Sports

The Store is Dead: Long Live the Store

Posted by John Wyer August 1, 2016 at 9:30 AM

In this, the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing, it seems fitting to borrow inspiration from the bard and say: The Store is Dead, Long Live the Store.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Scanners, Inventory Management, MC40, Push to Talk

Making Life Easier (and 5% More Productive) for Drivers

Posted by John Wyer July 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Zebra’s solutions are deployed worldwide. And, while many customers focus on one market, others cover multiple countries. One thing they all have in common is that all are individual, all are complex and all require robust solutions. One such company is DB Schenker Logistics, a global leader in transportation and logistics. With annual revenues of around €15bn, it employs 65,000 people across 2,000 locations worldwide.

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Topics: Mobility, EMEA, T&L, Warehousing, logistics, transportation, entreprise, Mobile Applications

THE POTENTIAL OF WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY COMES TO LIFE

Posted by Ashley Ford July 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM

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Wearable technologies are becoming a staple of everyday life. Used across multiple disciplines and throughout various fields these ground-breaking innovations are fundamentally changing the way we collect and analyse data. This is particularly evident across the sporting world.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Wearables, Data Capture, NFL