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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.

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Asics sprints towards smarter warehousing

Posted by Maria Casu November 15, 2017 at 4:17 AM

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Leading premium sports and lifestyle brand ASICS trusts in Zebra Technologies and Dalosy, its Enterprise Mobility partner of over ten years, to increase productivity and efficiency at its European warehouses.

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Topics: Mobility, Software, EMEA, Omnichannel, Warehousing, TC8000, Warehouse, OneCare

RAISING THE BAR ON WAREHOUSE PRODUCTIVITY

Posted by Joanne Pearn November 15, 2017 at 3:08 AM

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It’s a competitive market out there. Distributors need the most efficient practices and a first-class supply chain in place, so they can fulfil customer orders accurately and fast, whilst remaining profitable.

Madison – the largest supplier of bicycle parts and accessories in the UK – has just deployed Zebra’s TC8000 Touch Mobile Computers in its Milton Keynes warehouses with two key aims:

  • To drive warehouse productivity
  • To have a single reliable handheld device that can be used for all warehouse processes
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Topics: EMEA, Warehousing, TC8000, Warehouse

THE TABLET FOR EASING PRESSURES IN THE WAREHOUSE

Posted by John Wyer November 3, 2017 at 5:29 AM

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With global online sales predicted to reach $8 trillion by 2020* – pretty much all of our customers speak of a number of common challenges: warehouses are carrying more items, orders are more complex, peaks are extreme, new workflows need to be introduced (e.g. processing returns) and the pressure’s on to deliver next-day.

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Topics: Warehouse

Our number one tip to optimise picking performance

Posted by Maria Casu September 6, 2017 at 4:04 AM

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Has any industry undergone such rapid change in a short period as warehousing? From being seen as a line item cost, businesses now look to warehouses to create a competitive edge by improving the quality of customer service, and the speed and accuracy of deliveries. What’s more, innovation is necessary as the sheer volume and challenge of warehousing work is changing. Our customers tell me that orders are more complex, SKUs are rising fast, peaks are ever more extreme and new workflows need to be introduced (e.g. for proof of delivery and processing returns).

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Topics: EMEA, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, Warehouse, Productivity, Android

Getting your seasonal workers up to speed quickly

Posted by Maria Casu August 9, 2017 at 10:27 AM

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Warehouses are predicting a 42% increase in SKUs and 70% increase in volume of items shipped by 2020[1]. And with customers demanding ever fast delivery and flawless fulfillment the pressure is on to deliver. Temporary workers are crucial to ensuring that warehouses can cope – especially around peak times that are becoming ever more extreme. Some of our larger customers can employ hundreds and sometimes thousands of workers at these times.

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Topics: EMEA, Warehousing, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, Warehouse, Productivity, Android

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

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

Get Revolutionary Growth In Warehouse Productivity

Posted by Amanda Honig April 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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How do organizations judge the success of their warehouse and distribution center operations? They judge them on how streamlined work processes combine with fast and accurate worker output to meet and exceed customer expectations in today’s highly competitive, high-volume omnichannel marketplace. In other words, they judge them on productivity. 

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Topics: North America, Warehouse Management, TC8000, Warehouse, Productivity

The Right Angles For Increased Warehouse Productivity

Posted by Amanda Honig April 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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To succeed in today’s global economy, businesses have to play all the angles. For retailers striving for sustainability in the fast-evolving marketplace, there are a number of angles that are key to enhancing productivity and increasing revenues and profitability. 

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Topics: North America, Warehouse Management, TC8000, Warehouse, Productivity

How Human Factors Affect Warehouse Productivity

Posted by Amanda Honig April 21, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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It’s all in the wrist. It’s a phrase you often hear said about professional tennis players or really good major league hitters. Hank Aaron and the late Ernie Banks come to mind. Its meaning is basically that you can achieve the result you want—acing a serve or hitting a home run—using less strength and more control.

It’s also a phrase that has much to do with maximizing worker productivity in today’s retail warehouses or distribution centers. Addressing worker productivity challenges requires a thorough understanding of the science of human factors in warehouse operations. 

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Topics: North America, Warehouse Management, TC8000, Warehouse, Productivity