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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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Putting Android to work in a mobile workplace

Posted by John Wyer July 20, 2017 at 7:01 AM

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With the revolution in workforce mobility the idea of having a single workplace is rapidly disappearing. Today, more and more of us don’t just have one workplace, but many. In fact, at least part of the time, 6 in 10 workers1 now work outside the office.

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Topics: Mobility, Wi-Fi, Mobility DNA, Android, Mx

HOW A DANISH RETAILER HAS DEPLOYED TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCIES ACROSS ITS BUSINESS

Posted by Steve Northcott July 12, 2017 at 8:25 AM

Leading Danish wholesaler Shoe-D-Vision was aware that the mobile devices it used to help partners select and buy stock at it sales exhibitions were not up to scratch. As a retailer that enjoys a reputation for being a technology trailblazer it looked to deploy new mobile computers.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, TC51, Exhibitions

How Zebra makes the world’s most popular OS enterprise-ready

Posted by John Wyer July 6, 2017 at 7:01 AM

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AndroidTM is the world’s most popular mobile operating system, with a market share that tops 75% in Europe’s largest markets1. So naturally it’s everywhere, from wearables to TVs and of course smartphones, where it’s found in four in every five consumer handhelds2

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Topics: Security, Android, Mx, Devices, USB, Bluetooth, Encryption

Getting a big-picture vision of clinical mobility considerations

Posted by Zebra N. America May 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Implementing a clinical mobility solution is great way to improve clinician efficiency and support better patient care. With real-time access to patient data, the ability to collaborate with peers on a moment’s notice and the capability to effectively manage patient alarms, a mobile clinician is an empowered clinician. 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America, Clinical Mobility

Mobile devices and the risk of healthcare-associated infections

Posted by Zebra N. America May 19, 2017 at 10:09 AM

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Mobile devices and handheld computers have made healthcare much more efficient in the past few years. It wasn’t that long ago that hospitals relied entirely on paper-based methods for recording, sharing and reporting data. Now, with the advent of EMRs, mobile devices are providing unprecedented access to patient data and providing secure channels for instant peer collaboration. But are they also presenting a new threat to patient health when it comes to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America, Clinical Mobility

Who's next? Your cyber risk and what you can do

Posted by John Wyer May 17, 2017 at 9:04 AM

 

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Are you exposed to security risks? 

Security has never been a bigger priority.

As we’ve seen all too vividly of late, a cyberattack can cause major damage to reputation, customer trust, and, your bottom line. Outdated IT systems leave the door open for hackers and cyber criminals. And the mobile space could be the next target.

Enterprises need to be proactive to understand the security risk and take the appropriate proactive and defensive measures that protect your data, your devices and gives you peace of mind.

LifeGuard™ for Android™ is Zebra’s software security solution that extends the lifecycle of Zebra Android enterprise mobile computers. It adds years of OS security support to bring your devices into line with the enterprise hardware lifecycle, helping your business significantly lower total cost of ownership.

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, Security, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Software, T&L, Field Mobility, Warehousing

Improving Customer Experience Through the End-to-End Click & Collect Process

Posted by Steve Northcott May 12, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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This is the last in a short series of blogs looking at the devil-in-the-detail of providing Click & Collect in a way that remains profitable rather than becoming a de facto “loss leader” offering.  For this last blog we’re reminding ourselves why this is all important in the first place - customer experience – and thinking about the future. We’ll look at an end-to-end customer journey (click-collect-return) for a young woman named Susan, and at what technology impacts at what stage of customer engagement.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Click and Collect

Optimising Reverse Logistics and Getting Value From Returns

Posted by Steve Northcott May 5, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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One of the core reasons that retailers are struggling to make their Click & Collect operations profitable is the huge increase in returns that Click & Collect has generated.  Retailers who may have innocently thought that offering another channel and wider choice for the customer was just another box to tick-off have been caught out by the fact that the omni-channel reality has meant a change in customer mindset, which means they have to deal with the complexity of more returns.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Click and Collect

mPOS: Outside the Lines in Retail

Posted by Garry Reichert May 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Like millions of others, last November I ventured out on Black Friday to take advantage of some great deals.  The lines upon lines of people shocked me.

Now, I know you’re thinking, “Garry, how can you be shocked at lines on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year?” Well, it’s not that I was shocked at the number of people shopping; it was the actual lines themselves.

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Topics: Retail, North America, OEM, mPOS

Event-driven Care Team Communications Can Help Nurses Focus on Critical Alerts

Posted by Zebra N. America May 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Patient monitoring devices are literal lifesavers in the modern healthcare environment. From reporting changes in vital signs to signaling the end of an infusion or indicating a patient is trying to get out of bed, these monitoring devices provide critical visibility into the patient room when clinicians are busy elsewhere. 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America