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Welcome to a place where you can connect and learn.

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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Better Connections That Lead to Visibility

Posted by Andy Tippet February 15, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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As healthcare providers, your #1 priority is safe and effective patient care. But often, complex workflows, administrative demands and inaccurate information create barriers between caregivers and patients. Dealing with these problems can lower the standard of care—and that’s where Zebra can help. Connecting the right patient, to the right care, at the right time is critical. As is connecting providers to patient records, caregivers to colleagues, and patients to providers. Without a doubt, better connections lead to a better patient to caregiver experience. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, HIMSS, Visibility that's Visionary

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

Event Recap: Zebra at #NRF17

Posted by Zebra N. America January 19, 2017 at 3:34 PM

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This year “Retail’s Big Show” took place January 15-17, 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in the heart of New York City. With over 35,000 attendees, 510 exhibits, and 300 speakers, the three days were jam packed with information on the latest technology and solutions as well as presentations by retailer’s biggest players. The knowledge that was shared and the technology that was showcased left all in attendance feeling inspired, exhilarated and proud of where the retail industry is headed. 

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Topics: Retail, North America, Events, NRF

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

OEM Technology – The Smart(er) Kitchen

Posted by Garry Reichert January 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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For the past 30 years the bar code scanner has revolutionized meal prep.

In millions of supermarkets and grocery stores around the world, all the wonderful ingredients of your next meal are quickly and accurately scanned at the register ensuring better stocking and inventory positions for the operators and faster, more reliable check-out and pricing for shoppers.

But we see a future where bar code scanning plays a role not just in the ingredients you bring home to your kitchen, but in the preparation of the meal itself. Welcome to the smart(er) kitchen! 

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Topics: North America, OEM

IoT in Healthcare = Better Patient Care

Posted by Garry Reichert December 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Over the last decade or so, retail has seen a revival of smaller stores and specialty shops – a trend driven by customers demanding a more personal experience. Any time you have an opportunity for an enhanced customer interaction, eventually lessons learned in one market carry over to another. Healthcare is no exception.

Just like they do when they’re in a store, customers – or, in this case, patients – are demanding a more personal level of care.  They expect a hospital they visit to have their health history, from doctor’s visits to prescriptions to known allergies to possible predisposed conditions.  They expect treatment in a timely and attentive manner – and they want that treatment to come with no complications or misdiagnosis. The heightened expectations of patients are so great that many hospitals are adding Chief Experience Officers to ensure a stellar patient experience. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, OEM

Putting Patient Safety in the Palm of Your Hand

Posted by Zebra N. America November 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Barcode scanning at the patient bedside is crucial in preventing deadly errors in medication administration and specimen collection as part of an overall positive patient identification (PPID) solution. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Handle With Care: Infant Wristbands Provide Security From Day One

Posted by Zebra N. America November 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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The moment an infant is born in a hospital, patient identity becomes a critical concern. From making sure the proper medications and treatments are administered to ensuring the right infant goes home with the right mother, there’s a definite need for positive patient identification (PPID) solutions. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Durability, Flexibility and Convenience: Finding the Right PPID Solution

Posted by Zebra N. America November 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Positive patient ID (PPID) solutions allow healthcare facilities to improve the quality of patient care at every step in the healthcare process from admission to discharge. From helping to prevent medication administration errors to ensuring patient specimens are accurately tracked and processed from collection to the laboratory to results in a physician’s hands, PPID is a powerful tool for improving patient safety. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Maximizing Barcoded Wristband Technology

Posted by Zebra N. America October 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Patient safety begins with positive patient identification. That’s why more and more facilities are turning to barcode-enabled wristband systems to help identify patients at every point in the healthcare process.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification