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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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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

Amazon Dash: Fad or Future?

Posted by Mark Thomson December 8, 2016 at 9:47 AM

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It’s here! The button that does it all! Need Andrex toilet roll? It’s got you covered. Desperately hoping for a Nescafe refill, hope no longer! Amazon’s new ‘Dash’ buttons can sort your needs at quite literally the touch of a button. Why log on to a device when you can order your essentials in under a second?  

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Topics: Retail, Barcode Scanners, retail technology, Amazon Dash

Retail 2026: What will retail look like?

Posted by Karen Wallis December 5, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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The future’s a scary place. Technology has taken over.  Robot cashiers serve customers throughout the retail environment and intricate (yet subtle) scanning technology recognises the identity of each and every individual who walks through the door, adapting the in-store experience accordingly. As they progress through the store, consumers interact with personalised data screens displaying information based on their own digital profile and each one follows a data driven customer journey, built to maximise their odds of purchase. 

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Topics: Retail, Future of Retail, retail technology, Zebra MC1X Personal Shopper series

Unlocking the potential of Multichannel and Omnichannel retail

Posted by Karen Wallis and Steve Northcott November 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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Today, we’ll be discussing the nuances of Multichannel and Omnichannel approaches to retail with the experts who know best. Both Karen and Steve have extensive experience throughout the sector, and can offer great insight into the potential of these retail strategies, so let’s get started.

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Topics: Retail, Omnichannel, Multichannel, Customer Experience

RETAIL GETS PERSONAL

Posted by Zebra EMEA November 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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In this, the year of the 400th anniversary of the passing of William Shakespeare, we’ll borrow some inspiration from the great bard and say: The store is dead – long live the store. For, despite the stellar rise of online shopping, it accounts for just 7.3% of total global spending according to eMarketer.[1]

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Topics: RFID, Retail, Barcodes, Visibility that's Visionary

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

Big Data and the retail industry

Posted by Mark Thomson November 14, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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There’s no doubt about it, the world of retail has evolved. Digital has taken over… or has it? While many of us choose to do significant amounts of our shopping online, how many actually prefer the experience? It turns out not all that many at all, in fact 90% of people would rather buy from a physical store – including myself if the mood takes me!  This is reflected in the fact that physical sales still account for 89% of all retail purchases (in the UK)[1].

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Topics: Retail, Big Data, e-commerce

Returns Fraud, Serial Returners & the impact to your bottomline

Posted by Karen Wallis October 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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Be honest, have you ever bought multiple sizes of clothes or shoes online to see which is the best fit, then returned the others using the free returns process? Worse still have you or your friends ever worn an item once then returned it? There’s no doubt about it, many retailers are struggling with the challenges posed by an increased number of customers returning items.

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Topics: Retail, Serial returners, Wardrobing, Returns fraud, Retail fraud

What does the future of retail hold?

Posted by Mark Thomson October 12, 2016 at 6:06 AM

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Does anyone enjoy shopping for wedding gifts? When there isn’t a registry to follow, the pressure of searching high and low for a present that offers the class and practicality to meet ceremonial expectation is enough to make anyone skip out on the event altogether. Unfortunately, I found myself faced with this very problem. 

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Topics: Retail, e-commerce, Future of Retail