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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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WHY YOU NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT DAMAGED BARCODES

Posted by David Barnes October 20, 2017 at 10:28 AM

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The humble barcode has come far. And with good reason. It’s a great way to uniquely ID pretty much anything – from products, to tickets and even people (e.g. patient wristbands in hospitals) – and it accelerates and improves data capture: manual data entry generates 10 errors for every 1,000 keystrokes, whereas barcode scanning errors occur in around 1 in every 10,000 scans.

Unless, that is, barcodes are damaged. And when you think about what codes go through as they travel on items across the supply chain, that’s more common than you might think.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Barcode Scanners

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

Posted by Nick Sawyer October 19, 2017 at 7:03 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: EMEA, OVS, mobile devices, MDM, AVS

Click & Collect is a Doddle

Posted by Hannah Moule October 16, 2017 at 5:28 AM

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Are you struggling to cope with Click & Collect volumes?

Well, now it can be a doddle.  Or should we say Doddle makes it a doddle. It’s all in the name. Doddle can now provide you with a seamless customer experience for your in-store Click & Collect offering with a tiny technological footprint – thanks to Zebra Technologies.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, TC51, Click and Collect, TC70, OneCare

How modern manufacturers in Europe are delivering product variety through focused quality assurance

Posted by David Stain September 8, 2017 at 8:58 AM

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Our 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study has highlighted emerging key trends, including how manufacturers worldwide are connecting their operations to gain greater visibility and improve quality assurance.

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Topics: Barcodes, Manufacturing, EMEA

Our number one tip to optimise picking performance

Posted by Maria Casu September 6, 2017 at 4:04 AM

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Has any industry undergone such rapid change in a short period as warehousing? From being seen as a line item cost, businesses now look to warehouses to create a competitive edge by improving the quality of customer service, and the speed and accuracy of deliveries. What’s more, innovation is necessary as the sheer volume and challenge of warehousing work is changing. Our customers tell me that orders are more complex, SKUs are rising fast, peaks are ever more extreme and new workflows need to be introduced (e.g. for proof of delivery and processing returns).

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Topics: EMEA, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, Warehouse, Productivity, Android

How to successfully deploy PSS technology

Posted by Nadim Ghafoor August 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM

How to Successfully Deploy PSS Technology

With online giants such as Amazon and budget discounters like Aldi dominating the retail landscape, it is increasingly important for retailers to find new ways to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Customer Experience, PSS

Getting your seasonal workers up to speed quickly

Posted by Maria Casu August 9, 2017 at 10:27 AM

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Warehouses are predicting a 42% increase in SKUs and 70% increase in volume of items shipped by 2020[1]. And with customers demanding ever fast delivery and flawless fulfillment the pressure is on to deliver. Temporary workers are crucial to ensuring that warehouses can cope – especially around peak times that are becoming ever more extreme. Some of our larger customers can employ hundreds and sometimes thousands of workers at these times.

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Topics: EMEA, Warehousing, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, Warehouse, Productivity, Android

How can PSS technology improve the in-store customer experience?

Posted by Nadim Ghafoor August 3, 2017 at 9:21 AM

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Today’s retail market is tougher than ever before. With hard discounters on one side, making it nigh on impossible for retailers to compete on price, and giants like Amazon on the other, dominating the online retail market, how can retailers gain a competitive edge?

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Customer Experience, PSS

MEETING FOOD LABELLING COMPLIANCE AND SERVING UP EFFICIENCIES WITH A ZEBRA FOOD SAFE CARD SOLUTION

Posted by Steve Northcott July 31, 2017 at 1:15 AM


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  • Imagine you are running a busy café – it’s a demanding job. And customers want to be served quickly and efficiently. They also want to be correctly informed of any ingredients they might be allergic to
  • On the other side of the counter, managers want their catering teams to work productively and concentrate on preparing food and serving customers, not on time-wasting, repetitive administrative tasks
  • And a third factor to throw into the mix is the legislative red tape that every food establishment needs to adhere to. One such regulation is the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation, which the EU has recently introduced; restaurants, cafés and catering companies now have to legally provide details of products that contain any of the 14 allergens it has specified, such as egg, milk, peanuts and sesame seeds
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Topics: EMEA, Hospitality, Catering and hospitality, Zebra Card Safe Food Solution

HOW A DANISH RETAILER HAS DEPLOYED TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCIES ACROSS ITS BUSINESS

Posted by Steve Northcott July 12, 2017 at 8:25 AM

Leading Danish wholesaler Shoe-D-Vision was aware that the mobile devices it used to help partners select and buy stock at it sales exhibitions were not up to scratch. As a retailer that enjoys a reputation for being a technology trailblazer it looked to deploy new mobile computers.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, TC51, Exhibitions