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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.

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  • 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
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Sabine Nickel

Recent Posts

Grocery Price Verification Made Easy with Self-Service Kiosks

Posted by Sabine Nickel April 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

The state of Massachusetts is leading the way to ensuring grocery shoppers have the right price for the right product, and other states are expected to follow soon. On January 1, 2013, Massachusetts began mandating that food stores with more than 5000 square feet provide a consumer price scanner system. Known as the Massachusetts Price Disclosure Law, the price verification system provides a way to produce an individual item-pricing label that shoppers can affix to the item or its packaging.


Topics: Retail, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Item-level Tagging Makes In-Store Fulfillment a Retail Reality

Posted by Sabine Nickel June 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

While other areas of the global retail industry are still in recovery, e-commerce will surpass nine percent of total U.S. retail sales by 2015 according to JDA. This 50% increase is up from six percent just this year alone. Driving this number are companies like Macy’s who are tooling up to satisfy online orders in-store. Michael Koploy, ERP Analyst for Software Advice, reports that Macys is outfitting nearly one-third of its retail outlets to serve as order-fulfillment warehouses.

However, initiatives like the one Macys is pursuing will require a targeted investment in technology and employee training. Fortunately, item-level RFID track and trace technologies offer the smoothest path and the best solution for in-store fulfillment.


Topics: APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

RTLS Solutions Increasingly Being Used in all Regions and Vertical Markets

Posted by Sabine Nickel June 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Real-time locations systems (RTLS) are increasingly being deployed in companies with revenues of $200 million or more across all regions and vertical markets, according to 2012 research by VDC Research Group. Typical RTLS deployments occur in all aspects of the supply chain in industrial manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, healthcare, government, process industries and professional services.


Topics: RFID, RTLS, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Going to ISC West? – Get a Free Expo Pass from Zebra!

Posted by Sabine Nickel March 22, 2012 at 4:03 PM



Topics: Security, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Bedside Medication Verification with Bar Code Wristbands

Posted by Sabine Nickel October 27, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Assure the 5 Rights of Medication Administration

When it comes to healthcare, today’s highly informed patients have choices. And their biggest decision point is often based on trust that the provider will deliver the best quality of care, safely and efficiently. Over the past two decades, bar code technologies have helped to streamline bedside care and reduce medication errors, while reducing paperwork and administrative workload.

Thibodaux Regional Medical Center On Board for Quality Care


Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Kiosk Print Station—Coupon printing made easy

Posted by Sabine Nickel October 5, 2011 at 1:42 PM

American Barcode & RFID has recently created a series of solutions revolving around coupon printing on demand using the Zebra Kiosk Print Station and Zebra’s KR203 kiosk printer.

Customers can easily navigate through the self service application to look for their favorite beverages, coupons and recipes—and print them right away, on-demand.


Topics: Retail, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Smart ID Cards – The Intelligent Choice for Your Campus

Posted by Sabine Nickel September 27, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Enabling Campus Security, Payment Automation, and Services

From universities to primary schools, a revolution in automation and efficiency is taking shape. Tasks such as registration, book purchases, and meal programs used to require an army of administrators to manage piles of paperwork. These manual tasks are quickly becoming a digital page in today’s history e-books. 21st-century innovation is bringing automation to the campus.

With education costs skyrocketing, departments at all levels are looking for ways to do more with less by trimming expenses and improving staff productivity. Add the looming threats to campus security, and educators must make decisions that trade off the quality of education verses protecting students.


Topics: RFID, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Zebra at ASIS: Get Free Access to Secure ID Cards

Posted by Sabine Nickel August 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Take the first step in protecting your people, facilities and assets with your Free ASIS Exhibit Pass.
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Visit Zebra Technologies at booth #1667 to see how Zebra makes it easy and fast to create secure ID badges, access control cards and wristbands in-house and on-demand.

describe the imageZXP Series 8™ retransfer card printer delivers superior, photo-quality images and best-in-class throughput.


Topics: Security, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Making the Switch to Medication Bar Code Labeling

Posted by Sabine Nickel August 17, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Tips for Adopting Bar Code Labeling in Hospital Pharmacies


Topics: Healthcare, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Bar Code Wristbands for Infants – Soft, Sizable, and Safe

Posted by Sabine Nickel July 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Earlier this year, we posted an article about “Babies and Bar Codes” and how bar coded wristbands protect newborns and prevent mix-ups in medication and milk-collection. Now we want to take a closer look at different wristband types and options specifically for newborns and infants...

Helping to Fulfill Maternity Ward Healthcare Mandates


Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA