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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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RETAIL GETS PERSONAL

Posted by Zebra EMEA November 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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In this, the year of the 400th anniversary of the passing of William Shakespeare, we’ll borrow some inspiration from the great bard and say: The store is dead – long live the store. For, despite the stellar rise of online shopping, it accounts for just 7.3% of total global spending according to eMarketer.[1]

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Topics: RFID, Retail, Barcodes, Visibility that's Visionary

IOT: DRIVE FLEET PERFORMANCE TO NEW LEVELS

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

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In professional sport, things are so tight between top athletes that organizations such as British Cycling have created a science around the theory of marginal gains. Technology in some ways is like this too. When there’s a plateau in innovation, companies rely on tweaks to workflows to look for small efficiency gains. But where business can differ from sport is that we see periodic bursts of innovation – innovation that can offer big advantages.  

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Topics: T&L, Visibility that's Visionary, IoT

THE PRESCRIPTION FOR A REVOLUTION IN HEALTHCARE

Posted by Zebra EMEA October 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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Technology can, on occasion, be hyped. Gartner even has a methodology for it: The Hype Cycle. But when it comes to the hot topic of now, the Internet of Things (IOT), all talk’s justified: We believe that IOT will transform the way we work across many sectors, especially so in healthcare.

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Topics: Healthcare, Visibility that's Visionary, IoT, smart labels

INDUSTRY 4.0: THE NEXT WAVE OF INNOVATION IN MANUFACTURING IS HERE

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

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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 ‘Industry 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.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Internet of Things, IoT, Enterprise Asset Intelligence, Industry 4.0

Keeping the Shelves Stocked

Posted by Zebra EMEA August 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Ever paused to think about how supermarket shelves are stocked and the army of unseen logistics firms that make sure everything we need is there when we want it? Palmer and Harvey in the UK is one such hero business.

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, EMEA, T&L, logistics, Inventory Management, Mobile, TC75

Demystifying PPID

Posted by Zebra EMEA August 16, 2016 at 12:17 PM

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Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, mistakes inevitably occur within the healthcare sector. The World Health Organisation found that around 23% of European Union citizens claim to have been directly affected by medical error. Whilst many mistakes are easily rectified, the consequences for some unwitting patients can be serious harm or even death.

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Topics: Healthcare, Wristbands, Internet of Things, EMEA, Patient Identification

Why technology is key to improving patient outcomes

Posted by Zebra EMEA August 9, 2016 at 5:35 AM

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The NHS is being pushed to its limit; over one million patients require NHS treatment every 36 hours. Demand for healthcare services is rising, whilst two thirds of hospitals are now in a deficit as a result of growing financial pressures. Calls for 24/7 working and improved efficiency will only compound the issue further, as the funding gap is projected to reach £30 billion by 2020. Planned expenditure for 2015/2016 is £116bn and NHS leaders argue that investment in transforming services is the only way to redress the balance.

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Topics: Healthcare, Internet of Things, EMEA, Patient Identification, Barcode Scanners

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

How technology can help deliver truly joined-up care

Posted by Zebra EMEA June 13, 2016 at 6:08 AM

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The healthcare journey for a patient involves passing through various boundaries within and between facilities. From the bedside to the pharmacy to the home, care is provided and patients expect this to be a seamless, joined-up process. Yet in reality the process is often disjointed and inefficient, leading to frustration for the patient as well as for healthcare staff.

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Topics: Healthcare, EMEA, Technology