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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 smart manufacturing line

Posted by David Stain March 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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In my first blog I explained how we think the Internet of Things (IoT), the on-demand supply chain and built to order will be 3 important trends in manufacturing this year.

So how can manufacturers cost-efficiently embrace these trends?

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Topics: Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Internet of Things, EMEA

3 trends to look out for in manufacturing in 2016

Posted by David Stain March 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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If you’re a manufacturer, you’ll be all too aware that you’re in the innovation business: success relies on constantly squeezing more time out of processes, reducing costs and getting more things made faster.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Internet of Things, EMEA

Can the Internet of Things help reduce food wastage?

Posted by Thierry Vasseur March 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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The ‘Internet of things’ (IoT) will soon change our everyday lives, whether personally or professionally. From now until 2020, 50 billion connected devices will improve production processes and efficiently combat general wastage, including food wastage.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, Internet of Things, EMEA

How to make your wireless networks industrial strength – part 2

Posted by Steve Northcott December 23, 2015 at 7:23 AM

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As we discussed in the first part of this latest blog series, numerous industrial environments have still not upgraded to an industrial wireless network, instead relying on the same standard network currently supporting their carpeted space. This is causing serious issues for businesses, as complex working environments demand a dependable, powerful connection in order to cope with their ever changing and chaotic nature, extreme conditions and diverse range of devices.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wireless LAN, WLAN, Warehousing, mobile devices

How to make your wireless networks industrial strength – part 1

Posted by Steve Northcott December 22, 2015 at 5:04 AM

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Are you and your WiFi technology a match made in heaven, or is it a tortuous, high maintenance relationship?

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wireless LAN, WLAN, Warehousing, mobile devices

Zebra Win WMS & Inventory Management Software Award

Posted by Steve Northcott November 25, 2015 at 5:49 AM

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Zebra has won the prestigious WMS & Inventory Management Software Award at the Logistics Business IT 2015 Awards.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, RTLS, Manufacturing, EMEA, Warehousing, Inventory Management, mobile devices

Manufacturing to capability, not capacity, is the way forward

Posted by David Stain July 29, 2015 at 10:35 AM

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Running a supply chain with numerous variables is a complex undertaking. Lean manufacturing principles support performance improvement, but the ultimate goal of a low-cost, waste-free supply chain that delivers the perfect order on time, every time remains elusive.

 

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Topics: Supply Chain, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Complimentary Webcast: IoT Platform – A New Category of Enterprise Software

Posted by Zebra Global June 12, 2015 at 8:05 AM

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IoT Platform – A new category of Enterprise software
—What to look out for and how to choose?


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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, Retail, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Government, Location Solutions, Sports, Internet of Things, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility

How to calculate the Total Cost of Ownership of your mobile device

Posted by David Stain May 29, 2015 at 5:22 AM

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Consumer smartphones increase Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by up to 50 percent compared to enterprise grade devices, according to our research, so it’s vital that you are able to calculate an accurate TCO when selecting a mobile device. This blog offers our expert advice on how you can ensure your TCO calculations accurately reflect your costs over time so that your field devices will deliver the return on investment that you need.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Mobility, Manufacturing, EMEA, T&L, Field Mobility

What Do You Need To Put Into Your Warehouse To Achieve Flawless Fulfilment?

Posted by Steve Northcott May 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM

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What you put into your warehouse is what you get out of it. So put in old-fashioned, ineffective and isolated technology, and you’ll get out inefficiency, inaccuracy, delays and dissatisfied customers. As the scale of the warehouse grows, the scale of the problems grows too. Bigger, busier warehouses need bigger, more productive technology, if they are ever to achieve financial payback.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA