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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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Visionaries in Visibility: Beyond Big Data

Posted by Zebra Global September 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM

We’ve all heard the buzz phrase “big data.” It refers to the practice of collecting information on customers, operations and other key data sets in your business. But what many companies forget is that in order to benefit from big data, you can’t just collect the data – you need to be able to analyze it and act on it to improve your business. Until recently, this has been no small task. 

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Topics: APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Visibility that's Visionary

DPD Austria: Delivering Convenience

Posted by John Wyer September 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Home delivery has made shopping far more convenient – unless, that is, you’re out when the courier calls. While missed first-time drops are a nuisance for consumers, for courier companies they’re a serious issue as delivery costs sky-rocket. And with internet sales growing – warehouses believe they’ll ship 83% more items by 2020[1] – delivery firms are looking for new ways to get orders into people’s hands more quickly and cost-efficiently.

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Topics: Retail, Printers, EMEA, labelling,, mobile devices, TC55

Visionaries in Visibility: The World in 2020

Posted by Zebra Global September 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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The world is on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution that will fundamentally transform the way we live, work and play. Already, technology is blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds with more and more physical assets being monitored and improved using digital technologies.

Today, 5 billion physical assets are connected through the Internet of Things (IoT), and an estimated 5.5 million new physical assets are connecting every single day. By 2020, industry pundits predict that 21 billion physical “things” will be connected through IoT, giving the world unprecedented visibility into physical assets. 

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Topics: APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Visibility that's Visionary

Driving man and machine in smart manufacturing

Posted by David Stain September 13, 2016 at 11:10 AM

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The modern manufacturing environment requires flexibility to meet the needs of consumers who expect products customised to their preferences. With such variability in production, the need for collaboration between humans and smart manufacturing technology is essential. Working side by side on a daily basis, process compliance plays an integral role in ensuring both the safety of workers and the quality of the final product meet the necessary standards. These standards are driven by legislation, regulatory bodies and company/product specifications. Adhering to defined expectations in the manufacturing of large quantities of product presents a significant challenge, and forms the basis for the technological opportunity.  

 

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, Technology, process compliance

Seven reasons to invest in ultra rugged scanners

Posted by Maria Casu September 12, 2016 at 5:54 AM

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How much can your rugged handheld warehousing scanners really withstand?

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Topics: EMEA, Scanners, Barcode Scanners

How compact printers can assist retailers in building customer loyalty

Posted by Gareth Aitken September 7, 2016 at 12:02 PM

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Topics: Retail, Printers, EMEA, Loyalty

How compact printers can reduce costs and boost productivity in the warehouse

Posted by Gareth Aitken September 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

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Achieving flawless fulfilment is top of the priority list for retailers as customer expectations continue to rise. As a result, warehouses are under increasing pressure to improve performance, with 76% planning to ship more items across additional locations by 2020. As retailers sharpen their focus on cost reduction, they must find new ways to maximise efficiency throughout their entire supply chain operations or risk failing behind competitors. Many warehouses have already created extremely sophisticated workflows that appear to offer little room for any substantial improvements in performance. However, advances in technology are enabling retailers to improve the efficiency of their processes and make significant productivity gains.

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Topics: Retail, Printers, EMEA, Warehousing, Warehouse Management

Effective Waste Management

Posted by John Wyer September 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM

We all need to get rid of our household rubbish, relying on our local authorities to clear this away for us.

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Topics: Mobility, EMEA, Field Mobility, enterprise, mobile devices, TC55

TC55: Protecting the Protectors

Posted by John Wyer August 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Companies that provide security guards face common issues: how do they protect their lone workers and how do they prove that walk-arounds have been completed and staff have conducted safety checks?

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Topics: Security, EMEA, Field Mobility, mobile devices, Mobile Applications, Mobile, TC55

Building a Foundation for Patient Safety: The Critical Role of PPID

Posted by Zebra N. America August 29, 2016 at 1:59 PM

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Even under ideal conditions, administering any kind of medical care can be a complicated and potentially dangerous process. When you factor in shrinking budgets and overworked staff, the potential for a wide range of errors increases significantly, and the results can be catastrophic—preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

One of the most common errors involves misidentifying patients at various points of interaction throughout their stay. Misidentification errors include administering medications meant for another patient; mixing up samples in a lab, leading to inaccurate diagnoses and treatment; or even performing invasive diagnostic or surgical procedures on the wrong patient.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification