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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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Knowing what’s what (where, when and how): ensuring process compliance in food and beverage

Posted by David Stain December 1, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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Food scares and brand reputations have led to more rigorous processes across the food and beverage industry. Manufacturers have tightened up the management of their ingredient providers, with the focus firmly on the traceability and authenticity of foodstuffs. Trace ingredients back to the farm of origin, sometimes even the field, and there’s a hugely powerful and positive story to tell consumers. The less clarity around provenance, the more likely that goods will be rejected.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Food Safety, Wi-Fi, process compliance

Manufacturing in Aerospace: Navigating the complexities in a heavily certified environment

Posted by David Stain November 29, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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Business globalisation means that the market for air travel continues to grow, and there are more aircraft on the move across the world. At the same time, economic growth in specific markets including the Middle East and Asia means that more people can afford to travel by air.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, OEM, aerospace

THE TC51: PRODUCTIVITY HAS NEVER LOOKED THIS GOOD

Posted by John Wyer November 28, 2016 at 9:10 AM

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The debate over whether to use consumer devices in retail’s been going on for years.  

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Topics: Enterprise Mobility

Putting Patient Safety in the Palm of Your Hand

Posted by Zebra N. America November 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Barcode scanning at the patient bedside is crucial in preventing deadly errors in medication administration and specimen collection as part of an overall positive patient identification (PPID) solution. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Unlocking the potential of Multichannel and Omnichannel retail

Posted by Karen Wallis and Steve Northcott November 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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Today, we’ll be discussing the nuances of Multichannel and Omnichannel approaches to retail with the experts who know best. Both Karen and Steve have extensive experience throughout the sector, and can offer great insight into the potential of these retail strategies, so let’s get started.

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Topics: Retail, Omnichannel, Multichannel, Customer Experience

RETAIL GETS PERSONAL

Posted by Zebra EMEA November 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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In this, the year of the 400th anniversary of the passing of William Shakespeare, we’ll borrow some inspiration from the great bard and say: The store is dead – long live the store. For, despite the stellar rise of online shopping, it accounts for just 7.3% of total global spending according to eMarketer.[1]

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Topics: RFID, Retail, Barcodes, Visibility that's Visionary

5 ways to improve inventory management

Posted by Gareth Aitken November 17, 2016 at 4:14 AM

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Topics: RFID, Retail, Printers, EMEA, Inventory Management, mobile devices, Barcode Scanners

Handle With Care: Infant Wristbands Provide Security From Day One

Posted by Zebra N. America November 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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The moment an infant is born in a hospital, patient identity becomes a critical concern. From making sure the proper medications and treatments are administered to ensuring the right infant goes home with the right mother, there’s a definite need for positive patient identification (PPID) solutions. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Big Data and the retail industry

Posted by Mark Thomson November 14, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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There’s no doubt about it, the world of retail has evolved. Digital has taken over… or has it? While many of us choose to do significant amounts of our shopping online, how many actually prefer the experience? It turns out not all that many at all, in fact 90% of people would rather buy from a physical store – including myself if the mood takes me!  This is reflected in the fact that physical sales still account for 89% of all retail purchases (in the UK)[1].

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Topics: Retail, Big Data, e-commerce

IOT: DRIVE FLEET PERFORMANCE TO NEW LEVELS

Posted by Zebra EMEA November 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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In professional sport, things are so tight between top athletes that organizations such as British Cycling have created a science around the theory of marginal gains. Technology in some ways is like this too. When there’s a plateau in innovation, companies rely on tweaks to workflows to look for small efficiency gains. But where business can differ from sport is that we see periodic bursts of innovation – innovation that can offer big advantages.  

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Topics: T&L, Visibility that's Visionary, IoT