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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Zebra Technologies Expands Digital Narrowband Solutions Portfolio for Ports, Yards and Transport Facilities

Posted by Zebra Global

December 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM



Do you work at a port? Rail yard? Are you an outdoors person obsessed with improving inventory and asset management at your company but the harsh work environment wreaks havoc on your wireless signals?


Topics: Mobility, Manufacturing, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, T&L, Wireless LAN

The Internet of Things (IoT) to the Rescue: 3 Challenges in Government and How the IoT Addresses Them

Posted by Zebra Global

December 15, 2014 at 8:39 AM



What do the military, the Department of Motor Vehicles and a local sheriff’s office have in common? Not only do they all serve a critical function, but they’re also plagued with some of the same challenges due to budget cuts and an ever-changing regulatory environment. For these public sector entities, success hinges on the ability to keep track of—and intelligently manage—all of their people and assets.


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

The Retail Meaning of Christmas

Posted by Karen Heywood

December 15, 2014 at 8:36 AM


For months now retail staff have been building up to this coming week.

The next ten days especially are the pinnacle of the retail calendar, as organisations fight for the cash they know consumers will spend somewhere.

People actually spend around a quarter of their annual personal expenditure at this time of year. More than a quarter of this spending now takes place online and each year more and more is spent via mobile devices.


Topics: Retail, Omni-channel, Internet of Things, Visible Value Chain, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Forrester Study: 80% of companies say IoT is most strategic tech initiative

Posted by Zebra Global

December 11, 2014 at 9:09 AM



We know that 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? Back in October, we set out to answer these questions with help from Forrester Research. They conducted an online study with 593 global businesses to assess the current and future rate of adoption of the IoT, learn the key benefits and get a sense of the opportunities and challenges the IoT presents. The results were eye-opening.


Topics: Retail, Manufacturing, Internet of Things, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, T&L

Farm to Table - The Importance of Food Traceability

Posted by Amanda Honig

December 10, 2014 at 8:34 AM



Lately, I’ve noticed restaurants increasingly advertising that their ingredients come from Farm to Table, meaning they are sourced from local farmers – and in some cases grown by the restaurant owners themselves. Now, the Locavore movement is not new, but it has gained popularity over the last few years.


Topics: Mobility, Retail, Omni-channel, Point of sale, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

3 Reasons to Leverage the Internet of Things in Healthcare

Posted by Zebra Global

December 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM



From new regulations to innovative medical research and training, healthcare is constantly in flux. What’s more, the industry faces intense pressure to improve patient care, increase efficiency, reduce waste—you name it. And with the advent of mobile devices, cloud networks and Big Data, healthcare organizations have countless opportunities to make things better by leveraging the expanding world of the Internet of Things (IoT). Here are a few ways healthcare providers can make the IoT work for them:


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

Zebra Technologies’ Secure Prescription Printer

Posted by Andy Tippet

December 9, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Tested and proven in over 2,000 locations nationwide, Zebra’s GX420Rx works seamlessly with your hospital’s technology software, and complies with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Tamper Resistant Prescription Law.

Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, Printers, Identification, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

The Internet of Things: Paving the Way for a More Efficient Transportation and Logistics Industry

Posted by Juan Carlos Garcia

December 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM



Supply chains are under more pressure than ever. From unpredictable fuel costs and increased traffic to rising labor rates and a changing regulatory environment, a number of outside forces stand to disrupt productivity. The Internet of Things (IoT) couldn’t come at a better time.


Topics: Internet of Things, Visible Value Chain, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, T&L

Your Customers See Products, Not Channels

Posted by Mark Thomson

December 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM


Over the weekend I was in the market for a new iron.

It’s a family appliance in constant use, so I jumped in the car and drove down to my local tech retailer. After browsing the shelves and reading a few reviews on my phone, I found one with all the bells and whistles – at a reasonable price.

But there was a problem…the online price was much lower than the price in-store. I saw that they did price matching, so I picked up the iron, took it to the till and queued patiently. When it was my turn I smiled, produced the iron and asked if the store could match the price online. The response? A resounding no…the sales assistant informed me that the store couldn’t match an online price (not even its own), only another bricks-and-mortar shop nearby.


Topics: Retail, Omni-channel, Visible Value Chain, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Leading the Mobile Computing OS Landscape Webcast: It's Not Too Late to Learn from Industry Experts

Posted by Zebra Global

December 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

With more device and operating system options than ever, the enterprise market is facing an OS evolution. Resellers, application developers and customers alike need to understand the many OS choices—especially during this period of complexity and change.

Motorola Solutions hosted a live webcast, Leading the Mobile Computing OS Landscape, on July 8th that gave global audiences critical insight into the OS landscape—from Android to WE8H and beyond.  This event featured a panel discussion with leading experts, channel partners AirClic and ALK, and industry analyst VDC, followed by a Q&A.


Topics: Mobility, Software, Visible Value Chain, Allergens,