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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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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

Manufacturing in Aerospace: Navigating the complexities in a heavily certified environment

Posted by David Stain November 29, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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Business globalisation means that the market for air travel continues to grow, and there are more aircraft on the move across the world. At the same time, economic growth in specific markets including the Middle East and Asia means that more people can afford to travel by air.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, EMEA, OEM, aerospace

5 ways to improve inventory management

Posted by Gareth Aitken November 17, 2016 at 4:14 AM

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Topics: RFID, Retail, Printers, EMEA, Inventory Management, mobile devices, Barcode Scanners

Why modern demand chains are a tightrope for tier 2 automotive suppliers

Posted by David Stain November 1, 2016 at 10:17 AM

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Nothing is ever simple. This is especially true in manufacturing environments, complex in even their most basic forms. In the automotive sector today, managing product assortment has become central to fulfilling contracts and running a successful business. The term ‘On Time In Full - OTIF’ is the nirvana.

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, automotive, Enterprise Asset Intelligence, just-in-time, track and trace

Prescription labelling is transforming efficiency and quality

Posted by Gareth Aitken October 20, 2016 at 3:12 AM

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Prescription processing is a huge operation within the healthcare sector. Every year there are approximately one billion prescription items and payments exceed £9billion in the UK alone. As pressure grows on healthcare providers to process an increasing number of prescriptions, healthcare services must strive to achieve efficiency gains in order to satisfy demand, while also maintaining safe delivery of medicines.

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

Visibility that’s Visionary – See What Can Happen, When You See it All

Posted by Zebra Global September 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Ever wonder how much more productive your business could be if you had visibility into all aspects of your operation? In today’s world everything is becoming more and more connected and it’s happening at an exponential rate.  In order to stay ahead of your competition, it’s imperative that you see into every corner of your operation from a vantage point that delivers a clear advantage. 

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Topics: APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Visibility that's Visionary