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The Visible Value Blog

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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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Wooing Today’s Guests with Tech-Enabled Convenience, Comfort and Curated Experiences

Posted by Zebra N. America January 23, 2017 at 12:52 PM

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Upon entering the suite with the swipe of a smartphone, a handmade wooden box of your favorite spicy Chai tea beckons from the mini-bar. The room is cooled to perfection, precisely preset to the temperature requested when you booked it online from your smart watch.

The scene glimpses the start of an imagined visit to the kind of hotel that’s working to woo today’s modern guest, one who values an in-stay visit that’s personalized for them. 

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Topics: North America, Hospitality, Hospitality Study

5 benefits of long-range barcode scanning technology in the warehouse

Posted by Maria Casu January 23, 2017 at 11:04 AM

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With the capabilities of technology continually increasing, along with escalating levels of consumer demand, warehouses are undergoing a period of unprecedented change.

It’s a fact: people want access to their goods faster - that will never change. But in order to meet that demand and facilitate the provision of an efficient service, warehouses are being restructured and incorporating more cost effective and efficient technology to accelerate and expand business operations.

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Topics: Barcodes, EMEA, Scanners, Warehousing, Warehouse Management, Barcode Scanners

How parts identification supports a stronger brand and better customer service in hi-tech

Posted by David Stain January 23, 2017 at 7:05 AM

31942-EN-FB-Improving-product-variety-P1.jpgThe biggest challenges hi-tech facing manufacturers today revolve around product variety. Producers not only need to keep up with existing production requirements, but ensure that they maintain backward compatibility in order to support device repairs as they arise. This is in a landscape where product specifications change continuously, with design cycles and selling shelf lives reduced to between 12 and 18 months to drive demand.

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Topics: Manufacturing, hi-tech, track and trace

Why printed barcodes are critical to the healthcare industry

Posted by Gareth Aitken January 20, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Why Barcodes are critical to the Healthcare Industry

Barcodes have become a universal element on today’s goods and services, allowing quick data acquisition and management, as well as sophisticated tracking and recording. Thanks to their limitless capabilities and versatility, they can be deployed across numerous industries and offer measurable benefits.

It’s hardly a surprise then, that barcodes now play a critical role in one of the most precision-orientated industries: healthcare.

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Topics: Healthcare, Printers, EMEA, labelling,, prescription

Event Recap: Zebra at #NRF17

Posted by Zebra N. America January 19, 2017 at 3:34 PM

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This year “Retail’s Big Show” took place January 15-17, 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in the heart of New York City. With over 35,000 attendees, 510 exhibits, and 300 speakers, the three days were jam packed with information on the latest technology and solutions as well as presentations by retailer’s biggest players. The knowledge that was shared and the technology that was showcased left all in attendance feeling inspired, exhilarated and proud of where the retail industry is headed. 

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Topics: Retail, North America, Events, NRF

Helping IT Professionals Stuck in a Retail Crossfire

Posted by Zebra N. America January 9, 2017 at 11:34 AM

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What’s in store right now for IT in Retail?

A major mobile device dilemma.  

Here’s what you need to know: 

Employees want something that’s as modern and simple to use as their smartphones. Today, they’re bringing their own software into the workplace, which means enterprise versions need to mimic simple, easy-to-use tools as much as possible.1 

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Topics: Retail, North America, mobile computing, Touch computing, TC51

OEM Technology – The Smart(er) Kitchen

Posted by Garry Reichert January 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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For the past 30 years the bar code scanner has revolutionized meal prep.

In millions of supermarkets and grocery stores around the world, all the wonderful ingredients of your next meal are quickly and accurately scanned at the register ensuring better stocking and inventory positions for the operators and faster, more reliable check-out and pricing for shoppers.

But we see a future where bar code scanning plays a role not just in the ingredients you bring home to your kitchen, but in the preparation of the meal itself. Welcome to the smart(er) kitchen! 

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Topics: North America, OEM

IoT in Healthcare = Better Patient Care

Posted by Garry Reichert December 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Over the last decade or so, retail has seen a revival of smaller stores and specialty shops – a trend driven by customers demanding a more personal experience. Any time you have an opportunity for an enhanced customer interaction, eventually lessons learned in one market carry over to another. Healthcare is no exception.

Just like they do when they’re in a store, customers – or, in this case, patients – are demanding a more personal level of care.  They expect a hospital they visit to have their health history, from doctor’s visits to prescriptions to known allergies to possible predisposed conditions.  They expect treatment in a timely and attentive manner – and they want that treatment to come with no complications or misdiagnosis. The heightened expectations of patients are so great that many hospitals are adding Chief Experience Officers to ensure a stellar patient experience. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, OEM

Using track and trace to keep pace with change in manufacturing of electrical-based goods

Posted by David Stain December 19, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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In hi-tech manufacturing environments, change is the only constant. Whether it’s fridges sending out text messages if they’re too warm, or food mixers operating to pre-configured speeds and settings for given recipes, retailers are constantly finding new ways to use the technology available. New sensing capabilities and communications protocols lead to intuitive devices that increase user convenience.

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Topics: RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, process compliance, IoT, hi-tech, track and trace

Amazon Dash: Fad or Future?

Posted by Mark Thomson December 8, 2016 at 9:47 AM

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It’s here! The button that does it all! Need Andrex toilet roll? It’s got you covered. Desperately hoping for a Nescafe refill, hope no longer! Amazon’s new ‘Dash’ buttons can sort your needs at quite literally the touch of a button. Why log on to a device when you can order your essentials in under a second?  

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Topics: Retail, Barcode Scanners, retail technology, Amazon Dash