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The Visible Value Blog

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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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Making Life Easier (and 5% More Productive) for Drivers

Posted by John Wyer July 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Zebra’s solutions are deployed worldwide. And, while many customers focus on one market, others cover multiple countries. One thing they all have in common is that all are individual, all are complex and all require robust solutions. One such company is DB Schenker Logistics, a global leader in transportation and logistics. With annual revenues of around €15bn, it employs 65,000 people across 2,000 locations worldwide.

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Topics: Mobility, EMEA, T&L, Warehousing, logistics, transportation, entreprise, Mobile Applications

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

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

How to calculate the Total Cost of Ownership of your mobile device

Posted by David Stain May 29, 2015 at 5:22 AM

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Consumer smartphones increase Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by up to 50 percent compared to enterprise grade devices, according to our research, so it’s vital that you are able to calculate an accurate TCO when selecting a mobile device. This blog offers our expert advice on how you can ensure your TCO calculations accurately reflect your costs over time so that your field devices will deliver the return on investment that you need.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Mobility, Manufacturing, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility

Consumer grade vs. enterprise smartphones – a no brainer

Posted by David Stain May 20, 2015 at 5:15 AM

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Organisations with a field based workforce need a mobile strategy in order to unlock the opportunity of IoT and realise real cost and brand benefit. Getting it wrong is not an option, so have you looked at the complete picture?

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Topics: Supply Chain, Mobility, Manufacturing, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility

Introducing ‘One Store’ – A New Focus for Retail

Posted by Paul Milner May 14, 2015 at 9:09 AM

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In this post we’re introducing you to ‘One Store’, our customer-centric approach to omni-channel retail. It provides organisations with a path to success in today’s complex retail landscape.

One hundred years ago bricks and mortar was all retailers had to think about. Success was simple; it came from selling the right products to local customers – and delivering a personalised service from a convenient location. 

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, EMEA, Big Data, One Store

The power behind purpose-built enterprise mobile technology

Posted by David Stain May 12, 2015 at 11:36 AM

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When it comes to guaranteeing peak performance for your field workforce, the decision to just purchase and deploy a mobile device is not enough. Unless your devices are optimally matched to your enterprise requirements and environment they can hamper the productivity and efficiency of your employees and lead to an increased, unanticipated spend on additional software and replacements. Ultimately, this can substantially limit the benefits your mobile technology investment will deliver to your customers and your business.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Mobility, Manufacturing, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility

The three driving forces behind effective Field Mobility

Posted by David Stain May 1, 2015 at 5:17 AM

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When it comes to selecting a mobile device for your field workforce, return on investment is just as much about the realisation of the investment as it is the cost. True ROI calculations must take into account how much your chosen technology has supported and improved the productivity and effectiveness of your field workers and over what lifetime. This blog takes a look at the three key ways you can ensure your investment in mobile technology is successful.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Mobility, Manufacturing, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility

Choose the right device & ensure your mobility investment is a success

Posted by David Stain April 27, 2015 at 10:39 AM

ZebraImage2-883590-editedMore and more companies are choosing to increase the efficiency of their field operations by deploying mobile technology throughout their workforce. However, as these companies rush to embrace the business benefits mobile technology has to offer, many are selecting the wrong device for their needs, and as a result, are failing to realise these benefits and see a return on their mobility investment.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Mobility, Manufacturing, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility

How should enterprises view the cost of Field Mobility?

Posted by Steve Northcott April 16, 2015 at 9:26 AM

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A growing number of enterprises are looking to reduce costs and raise customer satisfaction levels by investing in mobile devices for their field workers. These devices enable staff to carry out a number of tasks more efficiently - from getting to customers more quickly thanks to better route planning, to more accurate inventory management through improved asset scanning. Yet when it comes to the cost of these devices many enterprises are in the dark as to the best and most cost-effective solution.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Mobility, Manufacturing, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility