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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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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

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

Improving workforce productivity, engagement and agility

Posted by Maria Casu February 15, 2017 at 3:19 AM

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Warehousing has – and is – changing. The ever-increasing consumer and business demands of the 21st century means that warehouses are constantly striving to deliver goods and services to customers quickly and efficiently. Every inch of the warehousing operation is now scrutinised to reduce error and improve turnaround time to achieve ever more stringent Key Performance Indicators (KPI). This dual-pronged pressure from both consumers and businesses means that there are a number of challenges facing the modern warehouse to create a flawless customer experience. Indeed, every aspect of the warehouse process is becoming more complex and dynamic due to five accelerators simultaneously affecting flawless fulfilment: volume, velocity, variation, verification and volatility.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, EMEA, Inventory Management, mobile devices, Warehouse, Productivity, Barcode Scanners

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

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

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

Using track and trace to keep pace with change in manufacturing of electrical-based goods

Posted by David Stain December 19, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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In hi-tech manufacturing environments, change is the only constant. Whether it’s fridges sending out text messages if they’re too warm, or food mixers operating to pre-configured speeds and settings for given recipes, retailers are constantly finding new ways to use the technology available. New sensing capabilities and communications protocols lead to intuitive devices that increase user convenience.

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Topics: RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, EMEA, process compliance, IoT, hi-tech, track and trace

Knowing what’s what (where, when and how): ensuring process compliance in food and beverage

Posted by David Stain December 1, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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Food scares and brand reputations have led to more rigorous processes across the food and beverage industry. Manufacturers have tightened up the management of their ingredient providers, with the focus firmly on the traceability and authenticity of foodstuffs. Trace ingredients back to the farm of origin, sometimes even the field, and there’s a hugely powerful and positive story to tell consumers. The less clarity around provenance, the more likely that goods will be rejected.

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, Food Safety, Wi-Fi, process compliance