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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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Making Life Easier (and 5% More Productive) for Drivers

Posted by John Wyer July 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Zebra’s solutions are deployed worldwide. And, while many customers focus on one market, others cover multiple countries. One thing they all have in common is that all are individual, all are complex and all require robust solutions. One such company is DB Schenker Logistics, a global leader in transportation and logistics. With annual revenues of around €15bn, it employs 65,000 people across 2,000 locations worldwide.

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Topics: Mobility, EMEA, T&L, Warehousing, logistics, transportation, entreprise, Mobile Applications

THE POTENTIAL OF WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY COMES TO LIFE

Posted by Ashley Ford July 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM

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Wearable technologies are becoming a staple of everyday life. Used across multiple disciplines and throughout various fields these ground-breaking innovations are fundamentally changing the way we collect and analyse data. This is particularly evident across the sporting world.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Wearables, Data Capture, NFL

Case Study: A Retailer's Secret Weapon Increases Inventory Visibility to 95%

Posted by Susan Flake July 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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About 40 years ago, a technology came onto the scene that revolutionized the way businesses managed their inventory. Can you guess what that was? It was barcodes. More than four decades later, barcodes still play a critical role in retail operations.[i]

But a new technology is slowly taking over that is helping retailers manage their inventory more efficiently – and drive additional sales: RFID. By implementing RFID, retail leader Lord & Taylor not only achieved a two percent lift in its shoe sales and but also realized significant labor savings. 

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Topics: RFID, Retail, North America

Location Technology: The Key to Better Serving the Connected Traveler

Posted by Nikolaus P. Braun July 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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A whopping 99 percent of hotel guests arrive carrying at least one mobile device.[i] And 85 percent of all hotel guests want to use their mobile devices to access hotel services.[ii] That’s why an estimated 64 percent of hotels offer their guests free Wi-Fi services when they travel. [iii]

But savvy hotels are using these Wi-Fi networks – along with smart Bluetooth/beacon location technology – to step up their customer service even more. 

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Topics: Location Solutions, North America, Hospitality

ACHIEVE 15 PER CENT MORE IN THE WAREHOUSE: NEW INDUSTRIAL WEARABLES ARE HERE

Posted by John Wyer July 7, 2016 at 4:38 AM

Efficiency, productivity and accuracy – the 3 main goals in the warehouse have changed little over the years. But now, more than ever, there’s a need to find new ways to boost performance with 76% of warehouses planning to have more locations and be shipping more items by 2020 and the move to same-day deliveries gaining pace.

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Topics: RFID, Mobility, EMEA, T&L, Wearables, mobile computing, Scanners, Warehousing, Innovation, enterprise, Data Capture, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, Warehouse, Productivity

What’s the Real Cost to Retailers of Inaccurate Food Allergen Reporting?

Posted by Gareth Aitken June 30, 2016 at 5:19 AM

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With the enactment of the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC), there’s a whole host of allergen information that food retailers now need to provide for customers, but are retailers managing to keep it all up-to-date and accurate?  There’s evidence that many are either not aware of the new rules or are finding the challenge too great.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Allergens,, Food Safety

How wearable tech can increase productivity in your warehouse by 15%

Posted by Zebra EMEA June 29, 2016 at 4:40 AM

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Since the advent of the internet, new technologies have transformed the way we live and work. From the smartphone to Netflix, each new technology has altered the way we carry out day to day tasks, and many would argue for the better. One area that is increasingly drawing attention is wearable technology. These devices can sync up with your smartphone and allow you to make payments, take calls, and even measure your heartbeat, all from your wrist. Much like the smartphone, wearable tech took things to the next level.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wearables, mobile computing, Warehousing, mobile devices

Why technology should play a central role in sample collection

Posted by Zebra EMEA June 28, 2016 at 4:58 AM

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Despite best efforts, errors in taking samples from patients are difficult to fully eradicate. Wards are extremely busy places and a crisis can happen at any moment, diverting the attention of staff. Added to this are the difficulties associated with the handwritten labelling processes many hospitals still use. Illegibility can cause serious problems when it comes to patient identification and specimen collection, putting patient safety at risk and taking up valuable staff time.

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Topics: Healthcare, Printers, EMEA, Mobile Printing, Technology

Gaming – Empower The Integrated Resort Experience

Posted by Garry Reichert June 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Casino resorts of the future need to attract a younger generation of guests who have even higher expectations for personalized experiences.  To achieve that, they need to create a smarter casino environment enabled by something we call Enterprise Asset Intelligence. 

The idea is to gain insight into all the resort’s assets, whether that be guests, staff, gaming equipment, or inventory, and gather that asset intelligence in real-time in an automatic way that enables resorts to engage guests and elevate revenue. 

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Topics: APAC, North America, EMEA, OEM, Gaming

OEM Mobile Point of Sale – Customer Demands Drives mPOS

Posted by Garry Reichert June 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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As with most everything in retail today, consumers are demanding more at point-of-purchase. No longer is it enough to make the checkout process as efficient as possible.

Your customers want inventory look up, direct ordering, delivery information, the option to print or email their receipt; and to be able to pay with cash, credit, debit or mobile payment. They want all of this – and to have it all happen where they stand, whether or not that is at a checkout counter. 

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Topics: Retail, Point of sale, APAC, North America, EMEA, OEM, Mobile, POS