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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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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

 

updated-blog-image.jpgThe 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

Improving workforce productivity, engagement and agility

Posted by Maria Casu February 15, 2017 at 3:19 AM

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Warehousing has – and is – changing. The ever-increasing consumer and business demands of the 21st century means that warehouses are constantly striving to deliver goods and services to customers quickly and efficiently. Every inch of the warehousing operation is now scrutinised to reduce error and improve turnaround time to achieve ever more stringent Key Performance Indicators (KPI). This dual-pronged pressure from both consumers and businesses means that there are a number of challenges facing the modern warehouse to create a flawless customer experience. Indeed, every aspect of the warehouse process is becoming more complex and dynamic due to five accelerators simultaneously affecting flawless fulfilment: volume, velocity, variation, verification and volatility.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, EMEA, Inventory Management, mobile devices, Warehouse, Productivity, Barcode Scanners

Using track and trace to keep pace with change in manufacturing of electrical-based goods

Posted by David Stain December 19, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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In hi-tech manufacturing environments, change is the only constant. Whether it’s fridges sending out text messages if they’re too warm, or food mixers operating to pre-configured speeds and settings for given recipes, retailers are constantly finding new ways to use the technology available. New sensing capabilities and communications protocols lead to intuitive devices that increase user convenience.

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Topics: RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, EMEA, process compliance, IoT, hi-tech, track and trace

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

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

Better Equipment Management Leads to Better Patient Care

Posted by Zebra N. America October 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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As one of only 15 Level 1 trauma centers in Texas, University Health System’s hospital in San Antonio has one of the busiest emergency departments around, with nearly 70,000 visits each year. To help treat these critical patients as efficiently as possible, the hospital has 7,000 smart IV pumps in its inventory ready to administer lifesaving fluids and medications.

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Topics: RFID, Healthcare, North America, Asset Management

Case Study: A Retailer's Secret Weapon Increases Inventory Visibility to 95%

Posted by Susan Flake July 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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About 40 years ago, a technology came onto the scene that revolutionized the way businesses managed their inventory. Can you guess what that was? It was barcodes. More than four decades later, barcodes still play a critical role in retail operations.[i]

But a new technology is slowly taking over that is helping retailers manage their inventory more efficiently – and drive additional sales: RFID. By implementing RFID, retail leader Lord & Taylor not only achieved a two percent lift in its shoe sales and but also realized significant labor savings. 

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Topics: RFID, Retail, North America

ACHIEVE 15 PER CENT MORE IN THE WAREHOUSE: NEW INDUSTRIAL WEARABLES ARE HERE

Posted by John Wyer July 7, 2016 at 4:38 AM

Efficiency, productivity and accuracy – the 3 main goals in the warehouse have changed little over the years. But now, more than ever, there’s a need to find new ways to boost performance with 76% of warehouses planning to have more locations and be shipping more items by 2020 and the move to same-day deliveries gaining pace.

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Topics: RFID, Mobility, EMEA, T&L, Wearables, mobile computing, Scanners, Warehousing, Innovation, enterprise, Data Capture, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, Warehouse, Productivity