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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.

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  • 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
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Helping IT Professionals Stuck in a Retail Crossfire

Posted by Zebra N. America January 9, 2017 at 11:34 AM

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What’s in store right now for IT in Retail?

A major mobile device dilemma.  

Here’s what you need to know: 

Employees want something that’s as modern and simple to use as their smartphones. Today, they’re bringing their own software into the workplace, which means enterprise versions need to mimic simple, easy-to-use tools as much as possible.1 

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Topics: Retail, North America, mobile computing, Touch computing, TC51

Offering the Best Wi-Fi Service

Posted by John Wyer September 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Wi-Fi is one of those things that a business simply cannot have enough of: whether it’s running applications on professional mobile devices or offering free public access to customers, from the hotel, to retail store, to warehouse, Wi-Fi is a ‘must-have’ with employees and guests relying on fast and uninterrupted services.

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Topics: EMEA, Wireless LAN, mobile computing, Field Mobility, mobile devices, Mobile Applications, Mobile, Wi-Fi

Do You Count on Accurate Inventory Reporting?

Posted by John Wyer August 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM

What do you do if you run a successful business and yet have to rely on consultants to tell you how much stock you have at any particular moment in time? Prénatal Moeder & Kind B.V, the leading Dutch maternity products distributor and retailer, was in such a position, employing an external company to run automated inventory counts across its 19 megastores and 40 city stores throughout the Netherlands.

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Topics: Retail, Point of sale, EMEA, mobile computing, Technology, MC40

ACHIEVE 15 PER CENT MORE IN THE WAREHOUSE: NEW INDUSTRIAL WEARABLES ARE HERE

Posted by John Wyer July 7, 2016 at 4:38 AM

Efficiency, productivity and accuracy – the 3 main goals in the warehouse have changed little over the years. But now, more than ever, there’s a need to find new ways to boost performance with 76% of warehouses planning to have more locations and be shipping more items by 2020 and the move to same-day deliveries gaining pace.

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Topics: RFID, Mobility, EMEA, T&L, Wearables, mobile computing, Scanners, Warehousing, Innovation, enterprise, Data Capture, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, Warehouse, Productivity

How wearable tech can increase productivity in your warehouse by 15%

Posted by Zebra EMEA June 29, 2016 at 4:40 AM

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Since the advent of the internet, new technologies have transformed the way we live and work. From the smartphone to Netflix, each new technology has altered the way we carry out day to day tasks, and many would argue for the better. One area that is increasingly drawing attention is wearable technology. These devices can sync up with your smartphone and allow you to make payments, take calls, and even measure your heartbeat, all from your wrist. Much like the smartphone, wearable tech took things to the next level.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wearables, mobile computing, Warehousing, mobile devices

BEYOND PURCHASE PRICE: DETERMINING THE TRUE COST OF MOBILE DEVICES

Posted by Amanda Honig September 1, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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This is the final post in a series of four blog posts on mobile devices. 

Navigating The Mobile Device Maze, Part 4: The Importance of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

When a business is considering deploying a new mobile computing system, the first question is usually “how much is it going to cost?” The fastest answer is to simply add up the acquisition prices for specified devices, accessories and applications. But the reality is, in today’s complex mobility environments, purchase price is only one of many factors that determine the true cost of your deployment. Most businesses find there are substantial differences between simple acquisition costs and the much more complex—and much more accurate—ongoing operational costs. 

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Topics: North America, mobile computing, mobile devices, TCO, Total Cost of Ownership

MOBILE DEVICES: KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM, KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM

Posted by Amanda Honig August 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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This is the third in a series of four blog posts on mobile devices. 

Navigating The Mobile Device Maze, Part 3: Management, Support and Control

Choosing the right mobile devices for your specific business environment is only half the battle. Equally important is ensuring that those devices remain in top working order, are utilizing the most up-to-date versions of your critical applications and aren’t kept in service past their useful lives. This places a premium on mobile device management (MDM), support and repair services and lifecycle-based management of devices, applications and accessories. 

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Topics: North America, mobile computing, mobile devices, MDM

CAN YOUR MOBILE DEVICES HELP YOU MINIMIZE RISK AND MAXIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY?

Posted by Amanda Honig August 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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This is the second in a series of four blog posts on mobile devices. 

Navigating The Mobile Device Maze, Part 2: Training, Security and Connectivity

With the broad range of options available, it’s no simple matter to choose the best mobile devices for your environment’s specific communications requirements. As a follow-up to my initial post on navigating the mobility maze, here are three additional considerations to keep in mind as you select devices for your business that help you minimize risk and maximize productivity. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, WLAN, mobile computing, mobile devices

What Are The Right Mobile Devices For Your Business? It Depends

Posted by Amanda Honig July 16, 2015 at 11:39 AM

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This is the first in a series of four blog posts on mobile devices. 

Navigating The Mobile Device Maze, Part 1: Applications, Data Capture and Power

As businesses become more reliant on mobile communications, virtually every organization faces a question that, chances are, you also face. How do you choose the right mobile devices for your operations? It’s a simple question, but the answer isn’t so simple. It depends on a number of factors, starting with what kind of business you’re in and what you’re asking your mobile technology to do.  

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, mobile computing, Data Capture, Applications, mobile devices

The Barbeque Buying Experience and Store Mobility

Posted by Paul Milner June 12, 2015 at 12:34 PM

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Since summer is on the way, I recently made a trip to the garden centre.

After choosing a few smaller items, I went to choose a new barbeque. A member of staff guided me through the various models and even showed me a demo video from his personal iPhone. I made my decision and was asked to go to the till to check the stock and pay. 

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, EMEA, mobile computing, One Store, enterprise