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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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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 Whirlpool Enhances Performance with Proactive Mobile Device Management

Posted by Nick Sawyer March 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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In my previous blogs I showed how a lack of visibility over mobile devices can lead to incidents of loss and theft, reduced lifecycles, longer service desk calls and an increase in total cost of ownership. I also explained that while Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions can help, many of our customers find it hard going to extract the data from them to improve device performance. In fact, 79%[1] of companies want their asset management solutions to give them proactive recommendations to enhance device performance. 

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Topics: Services, OVS, mobile devices, MDM, Asset Visibility Service

GAINING VISIBILITY OVER YOUR MOBILE DEVICES

Posted by Nick Sawyer March 24, 2017 at 9:52 AM

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In my last blog I explained that, for every 1% rise in device failure rates, TCO grows by 23%[1]. So how can you build on your investment in mobile technology, enabling high device availability aligned to business-critical workflows and ensure your mobile computers and printers deliver the anticipated benefits?

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Topics: Services, EMEA, operational visibility service, mobile devices, Asset Management, Visibility, Asset Visibility Service

The Future is Now: The Tech Trends Reshaping Retail

Posted by Zebra N. America March 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM


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They are “digital natives” that have been at the leading edge of the technological revolution marked by the rise of online shopping and the ubiquity of smartphones. And they are the first generation of ever-connected consumers.

Meet the Millennials: Born between 1980 and 1995, this demographic cohort has eclipsed those iconic Baby Boomers to become the world’s largest buying group.

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Topics: RFID, Retail, North America, Future of Retail, retail technology

Where Can Hospitals Utilise Barcode Technology In The Future?

Posted by David Stain March 15, 2017 at 9:32 AM

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Patient identification techniques are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with 70% of hospitals stating that they use barcoded wristbands as one of their approaches to positive patient ID (PPID)[1]. Barcoding has improved the patient identification process in a number of ways, increasing staff efficiencies, patient safety and reducing the risk of misidentification.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, EMEA, Patient Identification

Retail Industry Bets Big on the Internet of Things

Posted by Zebra N. America March 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

 

updated-blog-image.jpgThe Internet has sent a myriad of industries into a disruptive tailspin, and the retail sector is no exception.

Now merchants are turning to the very instrument that pushed them into a defensive crouch to catalyze innovation, operational efficiencies and growth, according to Zebra’s 2017 Global Retail Vision Study.

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Topics: RFID, Retail, North America, IoT, Future of Retail, Enterprise Asset Intelligence, retail technology, retail study

OEM Gaming – Betting on Hybrids

Posted by Garry Reichert March 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Over the past decade, the auto industry has been placing big bet investments on hybrids. 

As defined, a hybrid is something combining two different sources to take advantage of the best characteristics of each. For automobiles, that usually means a blend of an internal combustion engine with a fuel-cell battery to deliver strong performance, reliability and efficiency at the lowest cost. 

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Topics: North America, OEM, Hospitality, Gaming

Zebra Technologies and IoT Industry Leaders Identify “Intelligent Enterprise” as Decade’s Most Impactful Trend

Posted by James Morley Smith March 1, 2017 at 3:28 AM

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Less than six months after introducing its vision for Enterprise Asset Intelligence (EAI), Zebra, in partnership with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) assembled 40 leading executives, industry experts and policymakers for the 2016 Innovation Symposium: The Intelligent Enterprise. Executives from organizations such as Google, GE Healthcare and IBM defined the “Intelligent Enterprise” and explored best practices and opportunities for organizations of varying sizes and industries related to the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT

What's New at HIMSS 2017

Posted by Andy Tippet February 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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In a previous blog we discussed all of the aspects of clinical mobility that can improve staff productivity and increase patient safety.  Solutions such as point of care data capture, clinical collaboration, and workflow enablement are all part of clinical mobility but none of these opportunities can be met without the right device. That device is the TC51-HC.  This is a tough device that will last for years with a contemporary design that looks and feels like a consumer smartphone and enterprise class scanning and data capture features to boost productivity.  It supports the Android Marshmallow operating system, with support for the next two versions (“N” and “O”).  Enterprise features to keep data and devices secure.  Best-in-class power, battery life and manageability. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, HIMSS, TC51-HC, DS8100-HC, Silver Line Labels

Clinical Mobility at HIMSS

Posted by Andy Tippet February 17, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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Clinical mobility is the term used to describe the use of a variety of mobile devices and unified communication platform by physicians, nurses, midlevel practitioners, and other allied health professional as they deliver care to their patients.  Clinical mobility is synonymous and used interchangeably with the term point of care, and because it contributes to improved patient care responsiveness, clinical accuracy, and workflow efficiency when implemented effectively it is transformational to the entire patient care delivery process. Clinical Mobility enables better collaboration between clinical staff, improves the workflows of healthcare personnel, and increases patient safety by bringing identification to the point of care. 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America, HIMSS, Clinical Mobility