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

Posted by Maria Casu 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: EMEA, Printers, Warehousing, Warehouse Management, Retail

How compact printers reduce patient sample collection errors

Posted by Wayne Miller 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: EMEA, Printers, Healthcare, labelling,, Barcodes

Why technology should play a central role in sample collection

Posted by Wayne Miller 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, Technology, EMEA, Printers, Mobile Printing

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

Zebra is Expanding the Boundaries of Card Printing at ISC West

Posted by Zebra Global April 14, 2015 at 7:04 AM


Zebra will participate in ISC West, the largest security industry trade show in the U.S. this week, from April 15-17 at Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. What can you expect from Zebra?

Zebra will demonstrate how our technology can help meet today's increasing need for service bureaus and governments to quickly set up and issue secure, reliable forms of identification, while improving the efficiency and speed of large print jobs.


Topics: Security, Barcodes, Government, Printers, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Zebra Technologies’ Secure Prescription Printer

Posted by Andy Tippet December 9, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Tested and proven in over 2,000 locations nationwide, Zebra’s GX420Rx works seamlessly with your hospital’s technology software, and complies with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Tamper Resistant Prescription Law.

Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, Printers, Identification, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Small, but Powerful: Print Little Labels for Tiny Devices

Posted by Zebra EMEA August 12, 2014 at 5:09 AM



Topics: RFID, Manufacturing, Printers, Internet of Things, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

See More. Do More (for the Community).

Posted by Zebra Global June 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM


“A World of Good, One Community at a Time.”  At Zebra, this mantra defines the outreach goal of our community relations team. While it’s important to be focused on best practices that help drive businesses to be more effective and efficient, it’s also important for us to take a moment to celebrate the importance of giving back.


Topics: Security, Printers, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Zebra Corporate

Managing multiple Link-OS printers – together

Posted by Zebra EMEA November 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM


Increasing device use means increasing challenges for businesses. As many devices require their own unique provisioning, configuration and reporting requirements, ensuring consistency and control whilst minimizing costs and complexity can be difficult – unless you’re using Profile Manager, of course.

Profile Manager is an exciting new feature of Link-OS 2.0. It makes Zebra Link-OS printers even easier to integrate, manage and maintain, and this first release gives users the visibility and convenience of one application to manage all their Link-OS printers.


Topics: Printers, Link-OS Environment, ZebraEMEA,, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Mobile point-of-sale: retailers get to the point

Posted by David Stain March 8, 2013 at 8:33 AM

The increase in ownership of smart phones and other handheld devices is making us, as consumers, more used to finding information and undertaking transactions wherever and whenever we want. In turn we are becoming more and more demanding of the businesses we deal with.


Topics: Retail, Printers, Point of sale, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA