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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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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

OEM Gaming – Betting on Hybrids

Posted by Garry Reichert March 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Over the past decade, the auto industry has been placing big bet investments on hybrids. 

As defined, a hybrid is something combining two different sources to take advantage of the best characteristics of each. For automobiles, that usually means a blend of an internal combustion engine with a fuel-cell battery to deliver strong performance, reliability and efficiency at the lowest cost. 

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Topics: North America, OEM, Hospitality, Gaming

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

Location Technology: The Key to Better Serving the Connected Traveler

Posted by Nikolaus P. Braun July 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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A whopping 99 percent of hotel guests arrive carrying at least one mobile device.[i] And 85 percent of all hotel guests want to use their mobile devices to access hotel services.[ii] That’s why an estimated 64 percent of hotels offer their guests free Wi-Fi services when they travel. [iii]

But savvy hotels are using these Wi-Fi networks – along with smart Bluetooth/beacon location technology – to step up their customer service even more. 

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Topics: Location Solutions, North America, Hospitality

AUTOMATING FOOD SAFETY ASSURANCE WITH MC40 AND TC55 MOBILE COMPUTERS

Posted by Tom Moore March 14, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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Fundamental to successful food and beverage and hospitality operations is the ability to ensure food safety. Improper food handling puts both employees and guests at risk of potentially serious food borne illness and disease. Poor food handling protocols can also increase liability and undermine the bottom line. Over the years — and, in many cases, still today — the norm for food safety procedures has been a system based on the use of paper logs. Logs are manually filled out by employees and consolidated at the end of the day or later. In an industry where safety is both paramount and easily compromised, these delays can lead to significant problems, potentially including outbreaks of serious illnesses such as salmonella and E-coli. 

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Topics: Retail, North America, Hospitality, Disney CHEFS, MC40, Food Safety, TC55

If Hospitality Is Your Game, What’s Your Playbook?

Posted by Garry Reichert February 5, 2016 at 2:50 PM

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In just a few short days, fans and media alike will descend upon Levi’s Stadium and the city of Santa Clara for Super Bowl 50.

Being that the game will take place in Silicon Valley, this year’s event combines two of my favorite things – football and technology.

The NFL has always been at the forefront of technology. Zebra knows that well since we are “The Official On-Field Player Tracking Provider” of the NFL. Zebra is committed to supporting the league’s ongoing initiative of improving the way fans, teams and broadcasters watch, coach, play and analyze the game using Zebra Sport Solutions real-time, player-tracking system. 

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Topics: APAC, North America, EMEA, OEM, Hospitality, Mobile, Wi-Fi

The Business Case for Hotel Wi-Fi

Posted by Zebra Global October 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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It's official: Wi-Fi is a better fix for grumpy guests than coffee.

According to Wakefield Research, 75% of Americans would be grumpier after a week without Wi-Fi than after a week without coffee. And let’s be honest, the habit to go online at every spare moment isn’t just an American one – we’re at it all over the world. 

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Topics: North America, EMEA, Wireless LAN, Hospitality