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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
  • Cover all the latest trends in visibility technology, like barcoding, RFID and RTLS, across many industries
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OEM Gaming – Betting on Hybrids

Posted by Garry Reichert March 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Over the past decade, the auto industry has been placing big bet investments on hybrids. 

As defined, a hybrid is something combining two different sources to take advantage of the best characteristics of each. For automobiles, that usually means a blend of an internal combustion engine with a fuel-cell battery to deliver strong performance, reliability and efficiency at the lowest cost. 

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Topics: North America, OEM, Hospitality, Gaming

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

Manufacturing in Aerospace: Navigating the complexities in a heavily certified environment

Posted by David Stain November 29, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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Business globalisation means that the market for air travel continues to grow, and there are more aircraft on the move across the world. At the same time, economic growth in specific markets including the Middle East and Asia means that more people can afford to travel by air.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, EMEA, OEM, aerospace

Gaming – Empower The Integrated Resort Experience

Posted by Garry Reichert June 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Casino resorts of the future need to attract a younger generation of guests who have even higher expectations for personalized experiences.  To achieve that, they need to create a smarter casino environment enabled by something we call Enterprise Asset Intelligence. 

The idea is to gain insight into all the resort’s assets, whether that be guests, staff, gaming equipment, or inventory, and gather that asset intelligence in real-time in an automatic way that enables resorts to engage guests and elevate revenue. 

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Topics: APAC, North America, EMEA, OEM, Gaming

OEM Mobile Point of Sale – Customer Demands Drives mPOS

Posted by Garry Reichert June 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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As with most everything in retail today, consumers are demanding more at point-of-purchase. No longer is it enough to make the checkout process as efficient as possible.

Your customers want inventory look up, direct ordering, delivery information, the option to print or email their receipt; and to be able to pay with cash, credit, debit or mobile payment. They want all of this – and to have it all happen where they stand, whether or not that is at a checkout counter. 

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Topics: Retail, Point of sale, APAC, North America, EMEA, OEM, Mobile, POS

OEM Healthcare – Automating the Quality of Patient Care

Posted by Garry Reichert May 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Topics: Healthcare, APAC, North America, EMEA, OEM

OEM Healthcare – Bar Codes: The Vital Stats

Posted by Garry Reichert May 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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In today’s OEM designs for healthcare, equipment manufacturers can easily incorporate advanced technologies to enhance their applications. Despite the rise of increasingly sophisticated solutions, a core technology remains: the barcode scanner.

Often viewed as the enabler of retail checkout, the barcode scanner actually plays an equally if not more critical role in ensuring patient safety. The automatic data collection offered by scanning adds indispensable value to healthcare applications by streamlining data capture and transfer to reduce errors and offer greater safety for the patient. 

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Topics: Healthcare, APAC, North America, EMEA, OEM

OEM Healthcare – Automating the Collection of Patient Information

Posted by Garry Reichert April 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Within the healthcare industry, there's a huge opportunity to automate the collection of information.

If we take a look at a nurse's shift, let's say a typical 8-hour shift, 35 percent of the time is documenting. That means 2 to 3 hours per day is spent simply capturing information manually.

If you look at the way documentation occurs within a hospital environment, very often it involves capturing vitals and statistics on the palm of nurse’s hand or on a post-it note. That information is then translated into another hand-written type of media, and then finally inputted into an electronic medical records system at the nurses' station. It’s a very manual way of collecting data with lots of opportunity for error. In fact, in the United States alone, there are 98,000 deaths a year because of errors associated with medication administration. 

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Topics: Healthcare, APAC, North America, EMEA, OEM

OEM Integration – How to Market OEM to Marketing

Posted by Garry Reichert March 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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“Marketing doesn’t always understand OEM.”

It’s something I hear a lot. Why does it matter? After all, Zebra Marketing understands OEM, so why bring it up?

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Topics: APAC, North America, EMEA, OEM, Marketing, Integration