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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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Gareth Aitken

Gareth Aitken is the EMEA Product Marketing Manager for Zebra’s label, receipt and card printers, as well as printing supplies. He is responsible for the Go-To-Market strategy and execution of all activities that drive awareness and demand for Zebra’s printing solutions.

Recent Posts

Five ways you could be falling short on printer device management and missing out on business efficiencies

Posted by Gareth Aitken February 7, 2017 at 3:35 AM

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Mobile, desktop and industrial printers play a central role in work environments, but if they’re not monitored and managed appropriately, they can actually have a detrimental impact on operations meaning down time and wasted labour. Here are the five key areas where taking your eye off the ball can leave your printer fleet underperforming and your people frustrated.

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Topics: Link-OS Environment, Software

Bringing IoT connectivity to printing

Posted by Gareth Aitken January 30, 2017 at 11:24 AM

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Initiatives such as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are driving fundamental changes in every industrial sector, across manufacturing plants, retail operations and healthcare environments. Connected operations and real-time visibility enable enterprises to gain deeper, more actionable insight into their processes, and do more with less.

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Topics: Link-OS Environment, Software, Internet of Things, IoT

Why printed barcodes are critical to the healthcare industry

Posted by Gareth Aitken January 20, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Why Barcodes are critical to the Healthcare Industry

Barcodes have become a universal element on today’s goods and services, allowing quick data acquisition and management, as well as sophisticated tracking and recording. Thanks to their limitless capabilities and versatility, they can be deployed across numerous industries and offer measurable benefits.

It’s hardly a surprise then, that barcodes now play a critical role in one of the most precision-orientated industries: healthcare.

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

5 ways to improve inventory management

Posted by Gareth Aitken November 17, 2016 at 4:14 AM

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Topics: RFID, Retail, Printers, EMEA, Inventory Management, mobile devices, Barcode Scanners

Prescription labelling is transforming efficiency and quality

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

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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.

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

How compact printers can assist retailers in building customer loyalty

Posted by Gareth Aitken September 7, 2016 at 12:02 PM

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Topics: Retail, Printers, EMEA, Loyalty

How compact printers can reduce costs and boost productivity in the warehouse

Posted by Gareth Aitken September 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

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Achieving flawless fulfilment is top of the priority list for retailers as customer expectations continue to rise. As a result, warehouses are under increasing pressure to improve performance, with 76% planning to ship more items across additional locations by 2020. As retailers sharpen their focus on cost reduction, they must find new ways to maximise efficiency throughout their entire supply chain operations or risk failing behind competitors. Many warehouses have already created extremely sophisticated workflows that appear to offer little room for any substantial improvements in performance. However, advances in technology are enabling retailers to improve the efficiency of their processes and make significant productivity gains.

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Topics: Retail, Printers, EMEA, Warehousing, Warehouse Management

How compact printers reduce patient sample collection errors

Posted by Gareth Aitken August 15, 2016 at 3:00 AM

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Mistakes are inevitable and occur throughout all industries, yet errors, such as sampling errors, made within the healthcare sector are particularly serious as they can directly affect a patient’s wellbeing. As demand for healthcare services continues to rise, it’s imperative that processes become more efficient in order to limit mistakes and increase staff productivity. There are also severe financial implications that arise due to poor sampling processes, as the costs of redraws, retesting and additional treatment are substantial.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, Printers, EMEA, labelling,

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

5 things that suggest you need an industrial printer

Posted by Gareth Aitken April 27, 2016 at 11:31 AM

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Not all printers are built the same – some are more robust and rugged than others ­and are better suited to working in industrial environments or places where printing is essential. I’m often asked: “When do we need an industrial class printer?” In return, I ask 5 questions to get to the bottom of this:

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, Printers, EMEA, Mobile Printing, Warehousing, mobile devices