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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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Prescription labelling is transforming efficiency and quality

Posted by Gareth Aitken October 20, 2016 at 3:12 AM


Prescription processing is a huge operation within the healthcare sector. Every year there are approximately one billion prescription items and payments exceed £9billion in the UK alone. As pressure grows on healthcare providers to process an increasing number of prescriptions, healthcare services must strive to achieve efficiency gains in order to satisfy demand, while also maintaining safe delivery of medicines.


Topics: Healthcare, Printers, EMEA, labelling,, prescription

Proper Labeling With Accurate Specimen ID Saves Lives

Posted by Zebra N. America October 17, 2016 at 7:55 AM


When a physician makes a clinical treatment decision, it’s often based on laboratory results. And the integrity of those lab results depends on the accuracy of the specimen identification. 

When specimens are misidentified, the consequences can be grave. Diagnoses are missed. Medication is withheld or the wrong medication is administered. Inappropriate procedures are ordered. In the best case, valuable time is lost. 


Topics: Healthcare, North America, Patient Identification

What does the future of retail hold?

Posted by Mark Thomson October 12, 2016 at 6:06 AM


Does anyone enjoy shopping for wedding gifts? When there isn’t a registry to follow, the pressure of searching high and low for a present that offers the class and practicality to meet ceremonial expectation is enough to make anyone skip out on the event altogether. Unfortunately, I found myself faced with this very problem. 


Topics: Retail, e-commerce, Future of Retail


Posted by Zebra EMEA October 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM


Periodic innovations in technology transform the way we work, are informed, and entertained – the internet and mobile computing spring to mind in recent memory. We’re now in the midst of a new era of innovation thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT): a trend that has been termed ‘Industrie 4.0’, for its potential to spark a new industrial revolution. But what does it mean for manufacturing? In my view it means significant disruption and ­opportunity.


Topics: Manufacturing, Internet of Things, Industrie 4.0, Enterprise Asset Intelligence

Positive Patient ID in Practice: Reduce Errors and Improve Outcomes

Posted by Zebra N. America October 10, 2016 at 8:00 AM


If you wanted to review a textbook case of positive patient ID (PPID) implementation, the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington, Vermont would be an excellent example.

This nationally recognized center instituted a system-wide initiative to enhance patient safety and reduce the possibility of human error, which included becoming an early adopter of barcode medication administration (BCMA). 


Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Positive Patient ID Should Begin at Birth: Wristbands Help Prevent Mixups

Posted by Zebra N. America October 3, 2016 at 3:33 PM


There’s no bond quite like the one between a mother and her newborn child.

With more than 3.8 million births a year in the U.S., hospitals across the country need to take every care to ensure things go as smoothly as possible for both the mother and the newborn.

But with so many births taking place, and hospitals facing increasing financial pressure and labor resource issues, infants are sometimes misidentified. 


Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Visibility that’s Visionary – See What Can Happen, When You See it All

Posted by Zebra Global September 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM


Ever wonder how much more productive your business could be if you had visibility into all aspects of your operation? In today’s world everything is becoming more and more connected and it’s happening at an exponential rate.  In order to stay ahead of your competition, it’s imperative that you see into every corner of your operation from a vantage point that delivers a clear advantage. 


Topics: APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Visibility that's Visionary

Offering the Best Wi-Fi Service

Posted by John Wyer September 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Wi-Fi is one of those things that a business simply cannot have enough of: whether it’s running applications on professional mobile devices or offering free public access to customers, from the hotel, to retail store, to warehouse, Wi-Fi is a ‘must-have’ with employees and guests relying on fast and uninterrupted services.


Topics: EMEA, Wireless LAN, mobile computing, Field Mobility, mobile devices, Mobile Applications, Mobile, Wi-Fi

Barcoded Wristbands: Visibility Into Patient Safety

Posted by Zebra N. America September 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM


The use of wristbands to identify hospital patients has been a standard practice for well over half a century. Handwritten, typed or printed, wristbands were originally created to provide an easy way for caregivers to verify identity at any point along the patient’s healthcare journey. From newborns in the delivery area to geriatric patients in rehabilitation, everyone got a wristband.

And that’s how things worked until the introduction of barcode technology, which allowed the humble hospital wristband to become a “virtual voice” for patients and play a much more important role in overall patient safety. 


Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Visionaries in Visibility: Beyond Big Data

Posted by Zebra Global September 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM

We’ve all heard the buzz phrase “big data.” It refers to the practice of collecting information on customers, operations and other key data sets in your business. But what many companies forget is that in order to benefit from big data, you can’t just collect the data – you need to be able to analyze it and act on it to improve your business. Until recently, this has been no small task. 


Topics: APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Visibility that's Visionary