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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
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Do you need professional, hygienic signage for your buffets or food counters?

Posted by Hannah Moule November 7, 2017 at 5:59 AM


Then look no further than the Zebra Food-Safe Card Solution – exactly what Scandic Hotels in Denmark has done.


Working in close collaboration with Zebra’s lead partner in the Nordics for card solutions, idonline, Scandic has deployed Zebra ZXP Series 1 Printers, together with Zebra True Colours ix Series Card Printer Ribbons and Zebra Food-Safe Cards at all of its hotels across Denmark. 


Topics: Printers, EMEA, Hospitality, Zebra Card Safe Food Solution

Why printed barcodes are critical to the healthcare industry

Posted by Gareth Aitken January 20, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Why Barcodes are critical to the Healthcare Industry

Barcodes have become a universal element on today’s goods and services, allowing quick data acquisition and management, as well as sophisticated tracking and recording. Thanks to their limitless capabilities and versatility, they can be deployed across numerous industries and offer measurable benefits.

It’s hardly a surprise then, that barcodes now play a critical role in one of the most precision-orientated industries: healthcare.


Topics: Healthcare, Printers, EMEA, labelling,, prescription

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

Prescription labelling is transforming efficiency and quality

Posted by Gareth Aitken October 20, 2016 at 3:12 AM


Prescription processing is a huge operation within the healthcare sector. Every year there are approximately one billion prescription items and payments exceed £9billion in the UK alone. As pressure grows on healthcare providers to process an increasing number of prescriptions, healthcare services must strive to achieve efficiency gains in order to satisfy demand, while also maintaining safe delivery of medicines.


Topics: Healthcare, Printers, EMEA, labelling,, prescription

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.



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

How compact printers can assist retailers in building customer loyalty

Posted by Gareth Aitken September 7, 2016 at 12:02 PM



Topics: Retail, Printers, EMEA, Loyalty

How compact printers can reduce costs and boost productivity in the warehouse

Posted by Gareth Aitken September 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM


Achieving flawless fulfilment is top of the priority list for retailers as customer expectations continue to rise. As a result, warehouses are under increasing pressure to improve performance, with 76% planning to ship more items across additional locations by 2020. As retailers sharpen their focus on cost reduction, they must find new ways to maximise efficiency throughout their entire supply chain operations or risk failing behind competitors. Many warehouses have already created extremely sophisticated workflows that appear to offer little room for any substantial improvements in performance. However, advances in technology are enabling retailers to improve the efficiency of their processes and make significant productivity gains.


Topics: Retail, Printers, EMEA, Warehousing, Warehouse Management

How compact printers reduce patient sample collection errors

Posted by Gareth Aitken August 15, 2016 at 3:00 AM


Mistakes are inevitable and occur throughout all industries, yet errors, such as sampling errors, made within the healthcare sector are particularly serious as they can directly affect a patient’s wellbeing. As demand for healthcare services continues to rise, it’s imperative that processes become more efficient in order to limit mistakes and increase staff productivity. There are also severe financial implications that arise due to poor sampling processes, as the costs of redraws, retesting and additional treatment are substantial.


Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, Printers, EMEA, labelling,

Why technology should play a central role in sample collection

Posted by Zebra EMEA June 28, 2016 at 4:58 AM


Despite best efforts, errors in taking samples from patients are difficult to fully eradicate. Wards are extremely busy places and a crisis can happen at any moment, diverting the attention of staff. Added to this are the difficulties associated with the handwritten labelling processes many hospitals still use. Illegibility can cause serious problems when it comes to patient identification and specimen collection, putting patient safety at risk and taking up valuable staff time.


Topics: Healthcare, Printers, EMEA, Mobile Printing, Technology

5 things that suggest you need an industrial printer

Posted by Gareth Aitken April 27, 2016 at 11:31 AM


Not all printers are built the same – some are more robust and rugged than others ­and are better suited to working in industrial environments or places where printing is essential. I’m often asked: “When do we need an industrial class printer?” In return, I ask 5 questions to get to the bottom of this:


Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, Printers, EMEA, Mobile Printing, Warehousing, mobile devices