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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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Webinar Alert! Choosing the Right Location Platform to Enable Mobile Marketing

Posted by Zebra N. America March 27, 2015 at 7:47 AM

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Today’s consumers and businesses rely on Smartphone’s, tablets and other Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled devices for a wide array of personal and commercial applications. All major brands in retail, hospitality and airports are connecting with shoppers, guest and visitors through their devices, delivering a personalized experience using location based services. Businesses are increasingly deploying real-time Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) based location services to offer better customer experience and engage with personalized promotions and in-venue coupons.

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Topics: RFID, Mobility, Retail, Location Solutions, Software, North America

Why Smartphones are No Match for Barcode Scanning with an Enterprise-Grade Device

Posted by Steve Northcott March 26, 2015 at 10:38 AM

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As a football fanatic – it could easily be argued that the infamous semi-final of last year’s World Cup, where Germany defeated Brazil 7-1, was a severe case of “men against boys”. You don’t have to be a member of the Sky Sports punditry team to realise that the void between the teams has been wider than the Grand Canyon.

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

Internet of Things Survey Yields Impressive Response from Transportation Firms

Posted by Zebra Global March 26, 2015 at 7:43 AM

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The sixth in a series of blogs taking a closer look at Zebra's 2014 global study, commissioned by Forrester Consulting, on IoT implementation in the enterprise. The series will culminate in a Twitter chat discussing the Internet of Things.

The transportation industry has counted on the Internet of Things (IoT) for several years to provide end-to-end visibility from the warehouse to the customer.

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

Harvard Business Review: Advancing the Customer Experience

Posted by Zebra Global March 24, 2015 at 8:05 AM

 

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Harvard Business Review (HBR) featured Zebra in a new report regarding Zebra's adoption of the Internet of Things, cloud and mobile as a way to improve customers' experience.

Providing potent customer experiences is moving to the top of corporate agendas. Forrester Research analyst Michael Gazala predicted that in 2015 the race to create the best customer experience will hit the gas pedal. “Since 2007, the average customer experience in the industries that Forrester tracks has gone up across the board, and the number of truly awful experiences has dropped like a rock.”

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Topics: RFID, Services, Internet of Things, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

10 Steps to finding the right mobile device: Part two

Posted by Steve Northcott March 19, 2015 at 11:44 AM

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Finding the right mobile device for your business isn’t easy by any means, so to help you we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most important factors you should consider before making an investment in a consumer or enterprise grade mobile solution. In part one of this two part blog series we started with summarising the first five considerations - in our conclusive blog, we take a look at the final five critical steps to consider when finding the right mobile device for your organisation. 

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

North American Businesses are Seeing Benefits from the Internet of Things

Posted by Zebra Global March 19, 2015 at 8:12 AM

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The fifth in a series of blogs taking a closer look at Zebra's 2014 global study, commissioned by Forrester Consulting, on IoT implementation in the enterprise. The series will culminate in a Twitter chat discussing the Internet of Things.

Business leaders in North America are well versed on how the Internet of Things (IoT) can benefit their business procedures and data collection processes. This concept of connecting machines to the Internet is nothing new for many IT managers and CIOs.

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

Whitepaper Alert! Selecting the Right Label to Identify Your Finished Product

Posted by Zebra Global March 17, 2015 at 8:03 AM


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Product identification labels are now viewed as a as a critical mechanism for maintaining compliance, ensuring brand consistency, improving operationalefficiency, and supporting business growth. They are the final link between your company and key stakeholders including customers, consumers, care givers, patients, and regulators.

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Topics: Patient Safety, Internet of Things, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Identificación

Building Relationships through Data Connectivity

Posted by Paul Milner March 16, 2015 at 11:15 AM

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This is not another post about big data. This conversation is about the practical ways in which retailers can use data and analytics to build a relationship with today’s consumer.

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

The Impact of Innovation on Field Mobility Solutions and Operations

Posted by Steve Northcott March 12, 2015 at 9:15 AM

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Mobility innovation holds different meaning depending on what industry you apply it to. But regardless of industry, it’s undeniable that the transition to a paperless workflow with mobilised field-based applications has far-reaching benefits. But what are the key business and technical considerations when empowering field workers with innovative field mobility solutions?

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

How Government Organizations Can Benefit from the Internet of Things

Posted by Zebra Global March 12, 2015 at 8:30 AM

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The fourth in a series of blogs taking a closer look at Zebra's 2014 global study, commissioned by Forrester Consulting, on IoT implementation in the enterprise. The series will culminate in a Twitter chat discussing the Internet of Things.

Government agencies and organizations around the globe rely on intricate and advanced technologies to keep their operations moving effectively. Governments, like businesses, must have proper visibility into their processes to be sure all parts of their operations run smoothly. It is crucial that these groups utilize technologies to make everyday activities more accurate and efficient.

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