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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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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

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

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

DPD Austria: Delivering Convenience

Posted by John Wyer September 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Home delivery has made shopping far more convenient – unless, that is, you’re out when the courier calls. While missed first-time drops are a nuisance for consumers, for courier companies they’re a serious issue as delivery costs sky-rocket. And with internet sales growing – warehouses believe they’ll ship 83% more items by 2020[1] – delivery firms are looking for new ways to get orders into people’s hands more quickly and cost-efficiently.

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Topics: Retail, Printers, EMEA, labelling,, mobile devices, TC55

Effective Waste Management

Posted by John Wyer September 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM

We all need to get rid of our household rubbish, relying on our local authorities to clear this away for us.

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Topics: Mobility, EMEA, Field Mobility, enterprise, mobile devices, TC55