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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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  • 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
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5 benefits of long-range barcode scanning technology in the warehouse

Posted by Maria Casu January 23, 2017 at 11:04 AM

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With the capabilities of technology continually increasing, along with escalating levels of consumer demand, warehouses are undergoing a period of unprecedented change.

It’s a fact: people want access to their goods faster - that will never change. But in order to meet that demand and facilitate the provision of an efficient service, warehouses are being restructured and incorporating more cost effective and efficient technology to accelerate and expand business operations.

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Topics: Barcodes, EMEA, Scanners, Warehousing, Warehouse Management, Barcode Scanners

How compact printers can reduce costs and boost productivity in the warehouse

Posted by Gareth Aitken September 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

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Achieving flawless fulfilment is top of the priority list for retailers as customer expectations continue to rise. As a result, warehouses are under increasing pressure to improve performance, with 76% planning to ship more items across additional locations by 2020. As retailers sharpen their focus on cost reduction, they must find new ways to maximise efficiency throughout their entire supply chain operations or risk failing behind competitors. Many warehouses have already created extremely sophisticated workflows that appear to offer little room for any substantial improvements in performance. However, advances in technology are enabling retailers to improve the efficiency of their processes and make significant productivity gains.

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Topics: Retail, Printers, EMEA, Warehousing, Warehouse Management

Making Life Easier (and 5% More Productive) for Drivers

Posted by John Wyer July 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Zebra’s solutions are deployed worldwide. And, while many customers focus on one market, others cover multiple countries. One thing they all have in common is that all are individual, all are complex and all require robust solutions. One such company is DB Schenker Logistics, a global leader in transportation and logistics. With annual revenues of around €15bn, it employs 65,000 people across 2,000 locations worldwide.

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Topics: Mobility, EMEA, T&L, Warehousing, logistics, transportation, entreprise, Mobile Applications

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

How wearable tech can increase productivity in your warehouse by 15%

Posted by Zebra EMEA June 29, 2016 at 4:40 AM

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Since the advent of the internet, new technologies have transformed the way we live and work. From the smartphone to Netflix, each new technology has altered the way we carry out day to day tasks, and many would argue for the better. One area that is increasingly drawing attention is wearable technology. These devices can sync up with your smartphone and allow you to make payments, take calls, and even measure your heartbeat, all from your wrist. Much like the smartphone, wearable tech took things to the next level.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wearables, mobile computing, Warehousing, mobile devices

5 things that suggest you need an industrial printer

Posted by Gareth Aitken April 27, 2016 at 11:31 AM

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Not all printers are built the same – some are more robust and rugged than others ­and are better suited to working in industrial environments or places where printing is essential. I’m often asked: “When do we need an industrial class printer?” In return, I ask 5 questions to get to the bottom of this:

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, Printers, EMEA, Mobile Printing, Warehousing, mobile devices

The TC8000: The ergonomic way to find new efficiencies – part two

Posted by John Wyer April 14, 2016 at 11:53 AM

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In this, my second blog on the design innovations in our all-new industrial computer, the TC8000, I’m looking at five key objectives that our design team set to help ensure the device is easier and more comfortable to use for long periods.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Warehousing, mobile devices, TC8000

Squeezing the Most from your Mobile Devices

Posted by John Wyer March 24, 2016 at 11:54 AM

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As computer games titles are to consoles, movies are to 4K TVs and music to the hi-fi – so are apps to your mobile devices.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Warehousing, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, TC8000

The TC8000: The ergonomic way to find new Warehousing efficiencies

Posted by John Wyer March 17, 2016 at 7:14 AM

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When developing the TC8000, our new all-touch industrial mobile computer, our design guys spent a lot of time observing teams in warehousing and logistics operations. Based on those observations, they set themselves a number of objectives.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Warehousing, mobile devices, Warehouse Management, TC8000

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