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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 USING CONSUMER DEVICES IN DELIVERY OPERATIONS CAN COST YOU MORE

Posted by Maria Casu October 31, 2017 at 9:15 AM

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In a business world defined by connectivity, speed of service and quality customer care, the pressure to deliver the goods is mounting. The fast-changing and demanding nature of transport and logistics means your teams need the right equipment to successfully fulfil customers’ requests.

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Topics: mobile computing, mobile devices

BUY YOUR MOBILE DEVICES WITH HEAD AND HEART ALIGNED

Posted by Maria Casu October 31, 2017 at 9:14 AM

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The time was when buying mobile devices for drivers and warehouse teams, you faced a tricky decision. Your users almost certainly wanted a consumer device. However, your procurement team may have worried that the devices would be too fragile to work all day everyday indoors, let alone on the road with drivers; fragility that could lead to a high degree of failures. But now, things are easier. 

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Topics: mobile devices, transport and logistics, Android

DRIVING NEW EFFICIENCIES IN DELIVERY OPERATIONS WITH REAL-TIME VISIBILITY

Posted by Maria Casu October 31, 2017 at 9:09 AM

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With online sales projected to top $20 trillion by 2020 , demand for delivery services is rising. Growth comes with challenges – customers are pressing for ever faster delivery, environmental and compliance legislation are changing constantly, automation is set to radically disrupt things and agile competitors are circling. With a greater need to help teams and drivers work more effectively mobile devices, that were initially rolled out to provide proof of delivery (PoD), could be doing much more.
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Topics: mobile computing, mobile devices, TC55

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

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

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 Whirlpool Enhances Performance with Proactive Mobile Device Management

Posted by Nick Sawyer March 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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In my previous blogs I showed how a lack of visibility over mobile devices can lead to incidents of loss and theft, reduced lifecycles, longer service desk calls and an increase in total cost of ownership. I also explained that while Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions can help, many of our customers find it hard going to extract the data from them to improve device performance. In fact, 79%[1] of companies want their asset management solutions to give them proactive recommendations to enhance device performance. 

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Topics: Services, OVS, mobile devices, MDM, Asset Visibility Service

GAINING VISIBILITY OVER YOUR MOBILE DEVICES

Posted by Nick Sawyer March 24, 2017 at 9:52 AM

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In my last blog I explained that, for every 1% rise in device failure rates, TCO grows by 23%[1]. So how can you build on your investment in mobile technology, enabling high device availability aligned to business-critical workflows and ensure your mobile computers and printers deliver the anticipated benefits?

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Topics: Services, EMEA, operational visibility service, mobile devices, Asset Management, Visibility, Asset Visibility Service

Improving workforce productivity, engagement and agility

Posted by Maria Casu February 15, 2017 at 3:19 AM

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Warehousing has – and is – changing. The ever-increasing consumer and business demands of the 21st century means that warehouses are constantly striving to deliver goods and services to customers quickly and efficiently. Every inch of the warehousing operation is now scrutinised to reduce error and improve turnaround time to achieve ever more stringent Key Performance Indicators (KPI). This dual-pronged pressure from both consumers and businesses means that there are a number of challenges facing the modern warehouse to create a flawless customer experience. Indeed, every aspect of the warehouse process is becoming more complex and dynamic due to five accelerators simultaneously affecting flawless fulfilment: volume, velocity, variation, verification and volatility.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, EMEA, Inventory Management, mobile devices, Warehouse, Productivity, Barcode Scanners

The #1 Move to Get the Most From Your Mobile Devices

Posted by Nick Sawyer February 6, 2017 at 12:39 PM

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While selecting mobile technology, such as handheld computers and printers, for your organisation is an important decision as the number of users and dependant workflows continue to expand, the way you manage devices post deployment is as critical to your investment in delivering the expected returns.

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Topics: Services, EMEA, mobile devices, Mobile, Asset Management