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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 A DANISH RETAILER HAS DEPLOYED TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCIES ACROSS ITS BUSINESS

Posted by Steve Northcott July 12, 2017 at 8:25 AM

Leading Danish wholesaler Shoe-D-Vision was aware that the mobile devices it used to help partners select and buy stock at it sales exhibitions were not up to scratch. As a retailer that enjoys a reputation for being a technology trailblazer it looked to deploy new mobile computers.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, TC51, Exhibitions

Who's next? Your cyber risk and what you can do

Posted by John Wyer May 17, 2017 at 9:04 AM

 

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Are you exposed to security risks? 

Security has never been a bigger priority.

As we’ve seen all too vividly of late, a cyberattack can cause major damage to reputation, customer trust, and, your bottom line. Outdated IT systems leave the door open for hackers and cyber criminals. And the mobile space could be the next target.

Enterprises need to be proactive to understand the security risk and take the appropriate proactive and defensive measures that protect your data, your devices and gives you peace of mind.

LifeGuard™ for Android™ is Zebra’s software security solution that extends the lifecycle of Zebra Android enterprise mobile computers. It adds years of OS security support to bring your devices into line with the enterprise hardware lifecycle, helping your business significantly lower total cost of ownership.

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, Security, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Software, T&L, Field Mobility, Warehousing

Improving Customer Experience Through the End-to-End Click & Collect Process

Posted by Steve Northcott May 12, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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This is the last in a short series of blogs looking at the devil-in-the-detail of providing Click & Collect in a way that remains profitable rather than becoming a de facto “loss leader” offering.  For this last blog we’re reminding ourselves why this is all important in the first place - customer experience – and thinking about the future. We’ll look at an end-to-end customer journey (click-collect-return) for a young woman named Susan, and at what technology impacts at what stage of customer engagement.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Click and Collect

Optimising Reverse Logistics and Getting Value From Returns

Posted by Steve Northcott May 5, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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One of the core reasons that retailers are struggling to make their Click & Collect operations profitable is the huge increase in returns that Click & Collect has generated.  Retailers who may have innocently thought that offering another channel and wider choice for the customer was just another box to tick-off have been caught out by the fact that the omni-channel reality has meant a change in customer mindset, which means they have to deal with the complexity of more returns.

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Click and Collect

mPOS: Outside the Lines in Retail

Posted by Garry Reichert May 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Like millions of others, last November I ventured out on Black Friday to take advantage of some great deals.  The lines upon lines of people shocked me.

Now, I know you’re thinking, “Garry, how can you be shocked at lines on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year?” Well, it’s not that I was shocked at the number of people shopping; it was the actual lines themselves.

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Topics: Retail, North America, OEM, mPOS

Managing Returns

Posted by Steve Northcott April 28, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Click and Collect

Getting Instore Fulfillment Right

Posted by Steve Northcott April 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Click and Collect

Making Click & Collect Profitable

Posted by Steve Northcott April 14, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Topics: Retail, EMEA, Visibility, Asset Visibility Service, Click and Collect

The Future is Now: The Tech Trends Reshaping Retail

Posted by Zebra N. America March 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM


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They are “digital natives” that have been at the leading edge of the technological revolution marked by the rise of online shopping and the ubiquity of smartphones. And they are the first generation of ever-connected consumers.

Meet the Millennials: Born between 1980 and 1995, this demographic cohort has eclipsed those iconic Baby Boomers to become the world’s largest buying group.

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Topics: RFID, Retail, North America, Future of Retail, retail technology

Retail Industry Bets Big on the Internet of Things

Posted by Zebra N. America March 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

 

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The Internet has sent a myriad of industries into a disruptive tailspin, and the retail sector is no exception.

Now merchants are turning to the very instrument that pushed them into a defensive crouch to catalyze innovation, operational efficiencies and growth, according to Zebra’s 2017 Global Retail Vision Study.

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Topics: RFID, Retail, North America, IoT, Future of Retail, Enterprise Asset Intelligence, retail technology, retail study