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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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Do you need professional, hygienic signage for your buffets or food counters?

Posted by Hannah Moule November 7, 2017 at 5:59 AM

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Then look no further than the Zebra Food-Safe Card Solution – exactly what Scandic Hotels in Denmark has done.

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Working in close collaboration with Zebra’s lead partner in the Nordics for card solutions, idonline, Scandic has deployed Zebra ZXP Series 1 Printers, together with Zebra True Colours ix Series Card Printer Ribbons and Zebra Food-Safe Cards at all of its hotels across Denmark. 

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Topics: Printers, EMEA, Hospitality, Zebra Card Safe Food Solution

THE TABLET BUILT FOR THE MANUFACTURING LINE

Posted by John Wyer November 3, 2017 at 5:34 AM

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In manufacturing, success used to belong to those who could predict demand long into the future and use this foresight to gain an edge through more effective planning. But things have changed. Increasingly, consumers want personalised products and this has seen a huge increase in product variants and hence need items built to order and dispatched faster than ever. In fact, we’re moving into an era where a plant needs to adjust to orders in real time – with all the consequences that has on managing bills of materials, production and more.

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Topics: Manufacturing

THE TABLET FOR EASING PRESSURES IN THE WAREHOUSE

Posted by John Wyer November 3, 2017 at 5:29 AM

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With global online sales predicted to reach $8 trillion by 2020* – pretty much all of our customers speak of a number of common challenges: warehouses are carrying more items, orders are more complex, peaks are extreme, new workflows need to be introduced (e.g. processing returns) and the pressure’s on to deliver next-day.

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Topics: Warehouse

Real-time visibility sees SmartLens for Retail shortlisted for awards

Posted by John Wyer November 2, 2017 at 6:50 AM

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In retail, insight is king. And with data starting to help retailers make more informed and agile decisions, new ways are emerging to keep sales tracking upwards, reduce loss, and make the most of the store experience.
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Topics: Retail

Enabling Manufacturing Traceability

Posted by Hannah Moule November 1, 2017 at 5:28 AM

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Are your customers becoming more and more demanding when it comes to individual component tracking in electrical goods you have produced?

Accountability is increasing in all areas of today’s world – and manufacturing is no exception. Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are present in most electrical products: iPhones, computers, televisions, for example. And businesses, especially those in high risk sectors such as aerospace and engineering, want to be able to track and trace individual PCBs.

Global supplier of SMT printing solutions Speedprint Technology has partnered with the Zebra Technologies OEM team to help manufacturers address that issue.

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, OEM, Speedprint

WHY USING CONSUMER DEVICES IN DELIVERY OPERATIONS CAN COST YOU MORE

Posted by Maria Casu October 31, 2017 at 9:15 AM

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In a business world defined by connectivity, speed of service and quality customer care, the pressure to deliver the goods is mounting. The fast-changing and demanding nature of transport and logistics means your teams need the right equipment to successfully fulfil customers’ requests.

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Topics: T&L, mobile computing, mobile devices, transport and logistics

BUY YOUR MOBILE DEVICES WITH HEAD AND HEART ALIGNED

Posted by Maria Casu October 31, 2017 at 9:14 AM

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The time was when buying mobile devices for drivers and warehouse teams, you faced a tricky decision. Your users almost certainly wanted a consumer device. However, your procurement team may have worried that the devices would be too fragile to work all day everyday indoors, let alone on the road with drivers; fragility that could lead to a high degree of failures. But now, things are easier. 

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Topics: T&L, mobile devices, transport and logistics, Android

DRIVING NEW EFFICIENCIES IN DELIVERY OPERATIONS WITH REAL-TIME VISIBILITY

Posted by Maria Casu October 31, 2017 at 9:09 AM

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With online sales projected to top $20 trillion by 2020 , demand for delivery services is rising. Growth comes with challenges – customers are pressing for ever faster delivery, environmental and compliance legislation are changing constantly, automation is set to radically disrupt things and agile competitors are circling. With a greater need to help teams and drivers work more effectively mobile devices, that were initially rolled out to provide proof of delivery (PoD), could be doing much more.
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Topics: T&L, mobile computing, mobile devices, TC55

Fast, mobile, comfortable – our Total Wearable Solutions win 3 awards

Posted by John Wyer October 27, 2017 at 5:40 AM

 

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Business productivity begins and ends with worker productivity. You want your people performing at their very best, working as quickly, efficiently, and productively as they can.

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Topics: Wearables, WT6000, ring scanner

WHY MDM MAY NOT MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MOBILE DEVICE INVESTMENT (AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT)

Posted by Nick Sawyer October 25, 2017 at 11:07 AM

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Let’s start with some good news. It’s considered best practice when deploying mobile devices, such as handheld computers and printers, to install Mobile Device Management (MDM) toolsets in parallel. MDM is essential in increasing efficiencies to configure and deploy mobile devices, update associated software, enable triage (to cut the length of service desk calls), support remote repairs and find common faults – all of which, over a typical three-year device life cycle, cut ownership costs.

But, here’s the kicker.  

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Topics: Services, EMEA, OVS, mobile devices, MDM, AVS