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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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Steve Northcott

Stephen Northcott is the Senior Solutions Marketing Manager for Retail for Zebra Technologies in EMEA. Stephen works closely with other teams to introduce new solutions and ideas into EMEA.
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Improving Customer Experience Through the End-to-End Click & Collect Process

Posted by Steve Northcott May 12, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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This is the last in a short series of blogs looking at the devil-in-the-detail of providing Click & Collect in a way that remains profitable rather than becoming a de facto “loss leader” offering.  For this last blog we’re reminding ourselves why this is all important in the first place - customer experience – and thinking about the future. We’ll look at an end-to-end customer journey (click-collect-return) for a young woman named Susan, and at what technology impacts at what stage of customer engagement.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Click and Collect

Optimising Reverse Logistics and Getting Value From Returns

Posted by Steve Northcott May 5, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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One of the core reasons that retailers are struggling to make their Click & Collect operations profitable is the huge increase in returns that Click & Collect has generated.  Retailers who may have innocently thought that offering another channel and wider choice for the customer was just another box to tick-off have been caught out by the fact that the omni-channel reality has meant a change in customer mindset, which means they have to deal with the complexity of more returns.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Click and Collect

Managing Returns

Posted by Steve Northcott April 28, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Click and Collect

Getting Instore Fulfillment Right

Posted by Steve Northcott April 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Click and Collect

Making Click & Collect Profitable

Posted by Steve Northcott April 14, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Visibility, Asset Visibility Service, Click and Collect

How to make your wireless networks industrial strength – part 2

Posted by Steve Northcott December 23, 2015 at 7:23 AM

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As we discussed in the first part of this latest blog series, numerous industrial environments have still not upgraded to an industrial wireless network, instead relying on the same standard network currently supporting their carpeted space. This is causing serious issues for businesses, as complex working environments demand a dependable, powerful connection in order to cope with their ever changing and chaotic nature, extreme conditions and diverse range of devices.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wireless LAN, WLAN, Warehousing, mobile devices

How to make your wireless networks industrial strength – part 1

Posted by Steve Northcott December 22, 2015 at 5:04 AM

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Are you and your WiFi technology a match made in heaven, or is it a tortuous, high maintenance relationship?

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wireless LAN, WLAN, Warehousing, mobile devices

Zebra Win WMS & Inventory Management Software Award

Posted by Steve Northcott November 25, 2015 at 5:49 AM

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Zebra has won the prestigious WMS & Inventory Management Software Award at the Logistics Business IT 2015 Awards.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, RTLS, Manufacturing, EMEA, Warehousing, Inventory Management, mobile devices

Five steps to ensure your WiFi network is industrial strength – Part 2

Posted by Steve Northcott October 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM

It is essential that industrial environments don’t just implement a WLAN, but that they implement the right WLAN. A high-performance, purpose-built industrial WLAN is a critical success factor in maximising the benefits of mobility in manufacturing, distribution and storage facilities. In part one of this two part blog series we explored the first two questions to ask as you prepare your industrial environment to take full advantage of today’s wireless communications opportunities. In our conclusive blog we identify the three remaining questions.

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Topics: EMEA, WLAN, Warehousing, Wifi

Five steps to ensure your WiFi network is industrial strength – Part 1

Posted by Steve Northcott October 5, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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This two part blog series covers five questions to ask and answer in order to ensure your WiFi network is industrial strength. In this first part we identify the first two of these five questions you should be asking.

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Topics: EMEA, Wireless LAN, Warehousing, Wifi