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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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WHY YOU NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT DAMAGED BARCODES

Posted by David Barnes October 20, 2017 at 10:28 AM

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The humble barcode has come far. And with good reason. It’s a great way to uniquely ID pretty much anything – from products, to tickets and even people (e.g. patient wristbands in hospitals) – and it accelerates and improves data capture: manual data entry generates 10 errors for every 1,000 keystrokes, whereas barcode scanning errors occur in around 1 in every 10,000 scans.

Unless, that is, barcodes are damaged. And when you think about what codes go through as they travel on items across the supply chain, that’s more common than you might think.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Barcode Scanners

WHY MDM MAY NOT MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MOBILE DEVICE INVESTMENT (AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT)

Posted by Nick Sawyer October 19, 2017 at 7:03 AM

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Let’s start with some good news. It’s considered best practice when deploying mobile devices, such as handheld computers and printers, to install Mobile Device Management (MDM) toolsets in parallel. MDM is essential in increasing efficiencies to configure and deploy mobile devices, update associated software, enable triage (to cut the length of service desk calls), support remote repairs and find common faults – all of which, over a typical three-year device life cycle, cut ownership costs.

But, here’s the kicker.  

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Topics: EMEA, OVS, mobile devices, MDM, AVS

STREAMLINED BARCODE CAPTURE HELPS TC8000 TO WIN DESIGN AWARD 

Posted by John Wyer October 16, 2017 at 6:30 AM

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When it comes to the warehouse, time’s money. Whether workers are logging deliveries, putting away, picking or packing, you need them to work as accurately, efficiently and quickly as possible.

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Topics: mobile computing, TC8000

Click & Collect is a Doddle

Posted by Hannah Moule October 16, 2017 at 5:28 AM

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Are you struggling to cope with Click & Collect volumes?

Well, now it can be a doddle.  Or should we say Doddle makes it a doddle. It’s all in the name. Doddle can now provide you with a seamless customer experience for your in-store Click & Collect offering with a tiny technological footprint – thanks to Zebra Technologies.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, TC51, Click and Collect, TC70, OneCare

The Award-Winning Scanner design that helps your teams do more

Posted by John Wyer October 2, 2017 at 8:33 AM

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The humble barcode has come far, there are billions of them in the world driving fast and accurate data capture. 

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Topics: Awards

Designed to Win – TC5x Wins 3 Design Awards

Posted by John Wyer September 22, 2017 at 3:30 AM

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Your people trust in our technology – from nurses scanning test samples, to couriers collecting signatures, to warehouse teams tracking items – our mobile devices, printers, and tracking technology must work reliably all day, every day. That’s why our design teams work in the field alongside our customers. They shiver in cold stores, watch clinicians at work, help refuse teams collect rubbish, assist delivery drivers deliver the goods – and much more.

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Topics: Touch computing

How modern manufacturers in Europe are delivering product variety through focused quality assurance

Posted by David Stain September 8, 2017 at 8:58 AM

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Our 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study has highlighted emerging key trends, including how manufacturers worldwide are connecting their operations to gain greater visibility and improve quality assurance.

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Topics: Barcodes, Manufacturing, EMEA

Our number one tip to optimise picking performance

Posted by Maria Casu September 6, 2017 at 4:04 AM

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Has any industry undergone such rapid change in a short period as warehousing? From being seen as a line item cost, businesses now look to warehouses to create a competitive edge by improving the quality of customer service, and the speed and accuracy of deliveries. What’s more, innovation is necessary as the sheer volume and challenge of warehousing work is changing. Our customers tell me that orders are more complex, SKUs are rising fast, peaks are ever more extreme and new workflows need to be introduced (e.g. for proof of delivery and processing returns).

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Topics: EMEA, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, Warehouse, Productivity, Android

How to successfully deploy PSS technology

Posted by Nadim Ghafoor August 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM

How to Successfully Deploy PSS Technology

With online giants such as Amazon and budget discounters like Aldi dominating the retail landscape, it is increasingly important for retailers to find new ways to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Customer Experience, PSS

Getting your seasonal workers up to speed quickly

Posted by Maria Casu August 9, 2017 at 10:27 AM

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Warehouses are predicting a 42% increase in SKUs and 70% increase in volume of items shipped by 2020[1]. And with customers demanding ever fast delivery and flawless fulfillment the pressure is on to deliver. Temporary workers are crucial to ensuring that warehouses can cope – especially around peak times that are becoming ever more extreme. Some of our larger customers can employ hundreds and sometimes thousands of workers at these times.

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Topics: EMEA, Warehousing, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, Warehouse, Productivity, Android