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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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RAISING THE BAR ON WAREHOUSE PRODUCTIVITY

Posted by Joanne Pearn November 15, 2017 at 3:08 AM

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It’s a competitive market out there. Distributors need the most efficient practices and a first-class supply chain in place, so they can fulfil customer orders accurately and fast, whilst remaining profitable.

Madison – the largest supplier of bicycle parts and accessories in the UK – has just deployed Zebra’s TC8000 Touch Mobile Computers in its Milton Keynes warehouses with two key aims:

  • To drive warehouse productivity
  • To have a single reliable handheld device that can be used for all warehouse processes
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Topics: EMEA, Warehousing, TC8000, Warehouse

Connecting the right patient to the right care

Posted by David Stain November 14, 2017 at 3:38 AM

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There is simply no room for error in hospitals when it comes to patient ID. It is vital that medical staff match records, medication, specimens and more to the right patient.

RELYING ON ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES

Recognising this, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) has deployed Zebra HC100 Wristband Printers and Zebra Z-Band Ultrasoft Wristbands.And numerous other NHS Trusts across the UK have deployed or are trialling similar patient ID solutions from Zebra Technologies.

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Topics: Healthcare, Wristbands, EMEA, Patient Identification, HC100, scan4safety

Do you need professional, hygienic signage for your buffets or food counters?

Posted by Hannah Moule November 7, 2017 at 5:59 AM

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Then look no further than the Zebra Food-Safe Card Solution – exactly what Scandic Hotels in Denmark has done.

EXCLUSIVELY ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES

Working in close collaboration with Zebra’s lead partner in the Nordics for card solutions, idonline, Scandic has deployed Zebra ZXP Series 1 Printers, together with Zebra True Colours ix Series Card Printer Ribbons and Zebra Food-Safe Cards at all of its hotels across Denmark. 

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Topics: Printers, EMEA, Hospitality, Zebra Card Safe Food Solution

Enabling Manufacturing Traceability

Posted by Hannah Moule November 1, 2017 at 5:28 AM

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Are your customers becoming more and more demanding when it comes to individual component tracking in electrical goods you have produced?

Accountability is increasing in all areas of today’s world – and manufacturing is no exception. Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are present in most electrical products: iPhones, computers, televisions, for example. And businesses, especially those in high risk sectors such as aerospace and engineering, want to be able to track and trace individual PCBs.

Global supplier of SMT printing solutions Speedprint Technology has partnered with the Zebra Technologies OEM team to help manufacturers address that issue.

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, OEM, Speedprint

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

Posted by Nick Sawyer October 25, 2017 at 11:07 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: Services, EMEA, OVS, mobile devices, MDM, AVS

OPERATE IN A TOUGH PLACE? WHY YOU NEED A RUGGED IMAGING SCANNER

Posted by David Barnes October 25, 2017 at 9:08 AM

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I was at a premium car manufacturer recently, and sitting on a table close to the line-side were about 15 handheld scanners. I assumed these were for pool use. But no, it turns out they were damaged and were being collected for repair. Thankfully the devices weren’t Zebra’s.

That table testified to a fact of life – that in busy environments, such as distribution centres, warehouses and plants, life’s tough on technology.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Barcode Scanners, DS3600

WHY IT’S TIME FOR RETAIL TO MOVE TO DIGITAL ARRAY SCANNERS

Posted by David Barnes October 24, 2017 at 10:09 AM

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The humble barcode has had a huge impact on retail: from tracking and tracing goods across the supply chain, to pricing items in-store and accelerating checkout, retailers rely on barcodes for smooth operations. And whatever shop you visit – from a grocery or a convenience store, to a high-end apparel boutique – the chances are they’ll be using a laser or linear based ‘1D’ scanner to capture codes on your items.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Barcode Scanners

A NEW DIMENSION IN DATA CAPTURE

Posted by David Barnes October 23, 2017 at 10:49 AM

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Our experience of the scanning market is that sales of array imaging scanners – which can read both 1D and 2D barcodes – are gathering pace. It’s an observation in line with stats from analyst firm VDC, which says that, by 2018, 60% of all the money spent on handheld scanners will be used on imagers[1].   

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Barcode Scanners, DS3600

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

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