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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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Two ways your printers are being left behind. And both are barriers to optimal productivity.

Posted by Richard Hughes-Rowlands February 9, 2017 at 4:44 AM

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Mobile, industrial and desktop printers are great in lots of ways. In the office or on the factory floor, they’ve become an invaluable aid in labelling products and components. In healthcare environments, they help with patient identification and prescription marking. They’re flexible, cost-effective, hard-working and they save time.

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Topics: Link-OS Environment, Software, Internet of Things, IoT

Automotive Manufacturing keep up with demand

Posted by David Stain February 7, 2017 at 11:13 AM

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UK automotive industry output is set to increase by a third, to two million vehicles a year by 20201. And as the IoT and new technologies take hold, the way these vehicles are designed, produced, distributed and used will change fundamentally. As ever, plant owners will have to maintain productivity and supply chain efficiency, but as demand increases for customised and connected vehicles, the challenges will be around managing process time and product assortment.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Manufacturing, EMEA, Industrie 4.0, IoT, automotive, Enterprise Asset Intelligence

Five ways you could be falling short on printer device management and missing out on business efficiencies

Posted by Gareth Aitken February 7, 2017 at 3:35 AM

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Mobile, desktop and industrial printers play a central role in work environments, but if they’re not monitored and managed appropriately, they can actually have a detrimental impact on operations meaning down time and wasted labour. Here are the five key areas where taking your eye off the ball can leave your printer fleet underperforming and your people frustrated.

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Topics: Link-OS Environment, Software

The #1 Move to Get the Most From Your Mobile Devices

Posted by Nick Sawyer February 6, 2017 at 12:39 PM

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While selecting mobile technology, such as handheld computers and printers, for your organisation is an important decision as the number of users and dependant workflows continue to expand, the way you manage devices post deployment is as critical to your investment in delivering the expected returns.

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Topics: Services, EMEA, mobile devices, Mobile, Asset Management

Best-in-class or best forgotten? Are your industrial printers up to the job?

Posted by Richard Hughes-Rowlands February 3, 2017 at 2:58 AM

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One of the implications of industrial IoT is that businesses have to take a look at legacy technical assets and make an honest judgement about their long-term value. The prospect probably won’t be hugely appealing, but before you can move forward, you need to know where you are.

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Topics: Link-OS Environment, Software, Internet of Things, IoT

Bringing IoT connectivity to printing

Posted by Gareth Aitken January 30, 2017 at 11:24 AM

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Initiatives such as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are driving fundamental changes in every industrial sector, across manufacturing plants, retail operations and healthcare environments. Connected operations and real-time visibility enable enterprises to gain deeper, more actionable insight into their processes, and do more with less.

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Topics: Link-OS Environment, Software, Internet of Things, IoT

Wooing Today’s Guests with Tech-Enabled Convenience, Comfort and Curated Experiences

Posted by Zebra N. America January 23, 2017 at 12:52 PM

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Upon entering the suite with the swipe of a smartphone, a handmade wooden box of your favorite spicy Chai tea beckons from the mini-bar. The room is cooled to perfection, precisely preset to the temperature requested when you booked it online from your smart watch.

The scene glimpses the start of an imagined visit to the kind of hotel that’s working to woo today’s modern guest, one who values an in-stay visit that’s personalized for them. 

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Topics: North America, Hospitality, Hospitality Study

5 benefits of long-range barcode scanning technology in the warehouse

Posted by Maria Casu January 23, 2017 at 11:04 AM

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With the capabilities of technology continually increasing, along with escalating levels of consumer demand, warehouses are undergoing a period of unprecedented change.

It’s a fact: people want access to their goods faster - that will never change. But in order to meet that demand and facilitate the provision of an efficient service, warehouses are being restructured and incorporating more cost effective and efficient technology to accelerate and expand business operations.

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Topics: Barcodes, EMEA, Scanners, Warehousing, Warehouse Management, Barcode Scanners

How parts identification supports a stronger brand and better customer service in hi-tech

Posted by David Stain January 23, 2017 at 7:05 AM

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The biggest challenges hi-tech facing manufacturers today revolve around product variety. Producers not only need to keep up with existing production requirements, but ensure that they maintain backward compatibility in order to support device repairs as they arise. This is in a landscape where product specifications change continuously, with design cycles and selling shelf lives reduced to between 12 and 18 months to drive demand.

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, hi-tech, track and trace

Why printed barcodes are critical to the healthcare industry

Posted by Gareth Aitken January 20, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Why Barcodes are critical to the Healthcare Industry

Barcodes have become a universal element on today’s goods and services, allowing quick data acquisition and management, as well as sophisticated tracking and recording. Thanks to their limitless capabilities and versatility, they can be deployed across numerous industries and offer measurable benefits.

It’s hardly a surprise then, that barcodes now play a critical role in one of the most precision-orientated industries: healthcare.

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Topics: Healthcare, Printers, EMEA, labelling,, prescription