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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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What Do You Need To Put Into Your Warehouse To Achieve Flawless Fulfilment?

Posted by Steve Northcott May 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM

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What you put into your warehouse is what you get out of it. So put in old-fashioned, ineffective and isolated technology, and you’ll get out inefficiency, inaccuracy, delays and dissatisfied customers. As the scale of the warehouse grows, the scale of the problems grows too. Bigger, busier warehouses need bigger, more productive technology, if they are ever to achieve financial payback.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Consumer grade vs. enterprise smartphones – a no brainer

Posted by David Stain May 20, 2015 at 5:15 AM

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Organisations with a field based workforce need a mobile strategy in order to unlock the opportunity of IoT and realise real cost and brand benefit. Getting it wrong is not an option, so have you looked at the complete picture?

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Topics: Supply Chain, Mobility, Manufacturing, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility

The Global Partner Summit: Enterprise Asset Intelligence is a “Knock Out” for Zebra

Posted by Zebra Global May 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM

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Zebra’s Global Partner Summit (GPS) 2015 came on the heels of what sports enthusiasts called the “Fight of the Century” as the world’s two most renowned boxers took center stage in the ring in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 2nd.

This highly anticipated boxing event soon became the perfect metaphor for GPS as hundreds of channel partners from around the globe gathered in the City of Lights on May 3rd to get ringside seats to learn about Zebra’s corporate vision, sales and service strategy, channel program plans, product portfolio enhancements and more. And just like any good boxing match, the stakes were high as Zebra fought for a coveted prize: the confidence and commitment of its valuable channel partner community, who were together for the very first time since the organization became “One Zebra.”

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Topics: APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Events, Partners, Channel Partners

Introducing ‘One Store’ – A New Focus for Retail

Posted by Paul Milner May 14, 2015 at 9:09 AM

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In this post we’re introducing you to ‘One Store’, our customer-centric approach to omni-channel retail. It provides organisations with a path to success in today’s complex retail landscape.

One hundred years ago bricks and mortar was all retailers had to think about. Success was simple; it came from selling the right products to local customers – and delivering a personalised service from a convenient location. 

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, EMEA, Big Data, One Store

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE WEBINAR: IOT - NO LONGER A BUZZWORD BUT THE NEW REALITY

Posted by Zebra Global May 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM

 

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way companies do business. But just how much and for whom? What does the timeline look like? And what types of technology solutions are being put into place?

Download our webcast and learn why businesses globally are ranking the IoT as the transformative technological initiative of the decade.

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Topics: RFID, Internet of Things, Visible Value Chain, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

The power behind purpose-built enterprise mobile technology

Posted by David Stain May 12, 2015 at 11:36 AM

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When it comes to guaranteeing peak performance for your field workforce, the decision to just purchase and deploy a mobile device is not enough. Unless your devices are optimally matched to your enterprise requirements and environment they can hamper the productivity and efficiency of your employees and lead to an increased, unanticipated spend on additional software and replacements. Ultimately, this can substantially limit the benefits your mobile technology investment will deliver to your customers and your business.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Mobility, Manufacturing, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility

Five ways to tell if you have industrial strength WLAN

Posted by Rachel Hinde-Harris May 11, 2015 at 8:59 AM

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If you work in an office all day you might not see the difference between the WLAN you use and that on the factory floor (or the warehouse or the port for that matter).

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Topics: Wireless LAN, WLAN

What is the meaning of Enterprise class Wi-Fi?

Posted by Patrick Groot Nuelend May 6, 2015 at 6:12 AM

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With the ever growing adoption of mobility (i.e. smartphones, tablets etc.) and the desire for people to be connected to the internet regardless of their location (at home, at school or work etc.) Wi-Fi has quickly become the favorite type of network connection. Although wireless wide area networks such as 3G or 4G are now available in most urban areas, Wi-Fi is still preferred in most cases due to wide support of all sort of devices and the fact that you can get free connection now in most public places, including bars/restaurants, airports, hotels, city centers, stadium etc. More importantly, most people now enjoy Wi-Fi at home and expect the same experience when they travel, leisure, work etc. It's fair to say that Wi-Fi has grown from being a niche technology used by companies in warehouses and other business environments to a commodity technology (available to almost everyone).

So if Wi-Fi has now become commodity, does this mean that the same Wi-Fi technology that we use at home can be used in business environments as well? Not exactly. Even though we have standards for Wi-Fi products, which guarantee that an Access Point from vendor X works with a tablet from vendor Y, there are some important differences between products that are designed for personal use (or SOHO, Small Office / Home Office) and Enterprise Class solutions. While most people can imagine that a Wi-Fi network in a large hospital, university or retailer with hundreds of stores will have other requirements than the Wi-Fi you have at home, the differences may be less obvious for a Small or Medium Business (SMB). Especially when looking at the price of your little home router or AP, it may look attractive to buy the same products for your business. After all, it works at home, so why wouldn't it work at the office. Good question. Well, the answer is that at work (regardless the size of your business) you probably need an Enterprise Class solution. “So then tell me what 'Enterprise Class' means”, I hear you think. Basically it means that the solution is 'fit' for use in a professional business environment which then means it has specific features and options which supports your business better than a home or SOHO product. Let's take a look at some of these specific features and options.

- Support for mobility:

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Topics: Wireless LAN, WLAN

The Art of Techspresso

Posted by Zebra Global May 1, 2015 at 9:15 AM

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What do you get when you combine coffee, creativity and colleagues? At Zebra, you get Techspresso!

Techspresso was created by Zebra’s Enterprise Technology Office leader Tom Bianculli as a way to encourage open innovation and discussion amongst our employees. 

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Topics: APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Technology, Collaboration, Innovation

The three driving forces behind effective Field Mobility

Posted by David Stain May 1, 2015 at 5:17 AM

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When it comes to selecting a mobile device for your field workforce, return on investment is just as much about the realisation of the investment as it is the cost. True ROI calculations must take into account how much your chosen technology has supported and improved the productivity and effectiveness of your field workers and over what lifetime. This blog takes a look at the three key ways you can ensure your investment in mobile technology is successful.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Mobility, Manufacturing, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility