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Zebra’s New ET50/55 Enterprise Tablets

Posted September 16, 2015

Zebra ET50/55 Tablet ComputerThe enterprise tablet market barely existed a few years ago and yet the adoption of enterprise tablets continues on an upward trajectory that few predicted where an ever increasing set of applications and use cases are emerging. On one hand, big windows applications are being modified to support mobility. On the other, needs being satisfied by traditional mobile handheld devices are now being met with enterprise class tablets providing improved processing power, battery efficiency, and durability.

Today’s fragmented tablet market creates a distinctive opportunity for Zebra Technologies and the introduction of the ET50 and ET55 line of tablets. ET5X tablets are not consumer grade solutions and nor are they fully rugged, high tier PC devices. ET5X takes a value approach by delivering the reliability and enterprise solutions that consumer tablets miss while being selective on the features and specifications to control costs. A diversity of ET5X accessories enables a myriad of enterprise use cases in various verticals including field service, transportation and logistics, direct store delivery, manufacturing, and retail/hospitality.

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Transforming the Customer Experience with RFID

Posted September 15, 2015

Despite the explosion of online choices, customers still value seeing and touching merchandise firsthand – an experience only available to them in a brick-and-mortar store. When retailers add the cutting-edge benefits of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to that unique advantage, they help close the all-to-common gaps in service, information and inventory of traditional retail and open more opportunities for sales and customer satisfaction.

RFID empowers retailers like never before, elevating shopping into an enriching and positive experience. With RFID as part of a total solution, retailers can greet customers by name, impress them with a wider selection of merchandise, and better serve them with faster assistance, deeper product information and more personalized promotions. What’s more, retailers can turn shopping time into social time with RFID enabled kiosks that enable customers to interact with their social network of family and friends. And when customers are ready to buy, so are retailers. RFID applications can identify merchandise, recognize loyalty accounts and facilitate mobile transactions. Even fulfilling customers’ needs is easier using RFID. Retailers gain real-time visibility into inventory, so they can expedite fulfillment of orders from closer locations. In short, RFID – along with advanced retail technology – can help keep customers happy and coming back in this intensely competitive industry.

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Infographic: Data Breaches – Is your Business at Risk?

Posted September 4, 2015

The impending EMV Compliance deadline has brought more attention to Point of Sale security in general for all retailers these days. This infographic brings up the key concerns and steps you can take to keep your business and customers safe.

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White Paper: The Internet of Things

Posted August 31, 2015

zebrbcilogoWhat is it?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the coming connectivity of everything you own, everything you see. No longer will access to the internet be limited to single point interfaces like your phone or computer, or single-point data sources like web pages or servers. Nor will it be limited to you! Everything you see can, and someday will, be interconnected and sharing data: your tv, your refrigerator, your home, your car, the roads you drive on, the building you work in, the package you’re delivering…everything.

So far, the Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often referred to as being smart.

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Infographic: Warehouse to Register with Zebra and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted August 28, 2015

No matter the retail application, Barcodes, Inc and Zebra have the cutting-edge technology and solution-based experience to empower your business from warehouse to the register.

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Zebra’s WiNG Smart RF Wireless Networking

Posted August 13, 2015

2015-08-13_0943WiNG (Wireless Infrastructure Next Generation) is at the heart of every Zebra wireless LAN and distributes intelligence to every access point and controller– so every Access Point (AP) can act as the virtual controller if necessary. SMART RF (Self Monitoring At Run Time) is built into the WiNG architecture found in all of Zebra’s access points and controllers making it easy to find the right hardware to meet your needs.

By automating many routine network tasks, it saves businesses time and resources – there’s no need for dedicated IT staff to manage the network. It’s like having an in-built RF engineer – the network tests and calibrates itself, reports problems and fixes faults before anyone is aware of them.

Organizations both large and small are increasingly dependent on mobile workers. In turn, those mobile workers rely on wireless networks. Problem is, planning and deploying wireless networks is difficult and time-consuming. And as new users and applications are added, managing and operating a wireless network becomes increasingly difficult.

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Empowering Your WLAN to Deliver a Better Guest Experience

Posted August 10, 2015

The Challenge: Supporting a Major Increase of in-Store Wireless Applications — and a New Generation of WI-FI

Today’s wireless LAN (WLAN) is more than a network. It has become a critical business tool that helps retailers of all sizes improve the customer experience and associate efficiency. But wireless technologies and wireless initiatives have continued to evolve, pressuring the WLAN you have today and presenting numerous challenges:

Shoppers’ expect high-performance in-store Wi-Fi access

When today’s shoppers step into your store, they expect you to provide complimentary access to the store’s Wi-Fi network. They are looking to help control their cellular data fees and eliminate the connection issues that can occur inside a retail store. But providing guest access creates several issues:

  • Ease of access – You need to be able to allow shoppers to easily sign in to access your WLAN
  • Security – You need to be able to keep your network secure, despite the fact that you are offering open public access to your WLAN
  • Next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi support – The fifth generation of Wi-Fi is here. Analysts are predicting critical mass in just a few short years — in 2015 — and your customers are already buying 802.11ac-enabled mobile devices. You need to make sure that shoppers who have upgraded to these next-generation Wi-Fi devices can still access your WLAN
  • Performance expectations – You need to provide your shoppers with dependable high-performance Wi-Fi connections — despite major and unpredictable fluctuations in the number of users and traffic on the WLAN

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Star’s New CD3 Series Cash Drawers

Posted July 20, 2015

Star CD3-1313 Cash DrawerStar has announced its new ‘Tradition’ cash drawer series with the release of the CD3-1313 and CD3-1616 cash drawer models. The new cost effective cash drawers integrate seamlessly into any retail or hospitality environment with a standard printer communication interface and bottom exit cable, hidden from the customer’s view. With cash till options for both models, the CD3 traditional cash drawers can accommodate to Canadian, United States, and Latin American currency types of 3Bill-5Coin, 4Bill-5Coin for CD3-1313 and 4Bill-8Coin, 5Bill-8Coin for CD3-1616.

Features include a black stainless steel front drawer cover, dual media slots, and a three function lock system. The smooth black coated finish provides a unified appearance and complements the connected POS peripherals for merchants. The dual media slots provide extra storage for checks and large bills. For security, the key lock at front center allows for an easy manual release with a key or an electronic release.

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Automating Your Retail Store

Posted July 8, 2015

When speaking to representatives of retail chains, it’s interesting to see how many businesses automate many different areas of the store. Some have a fully automated warehouse system while others have the most modern point of sale system. However, the most successful retail stores have the ability to track an item end-to-end from the moment it hits the dock door to the point of purchase and it leaving the store exit. Below we will walk you through a list of automated retail functions that will improve inventory, shelf replenishment, customer experience and point of sale through an easily automated barcode technology that incorporates mobile computers, barcode scanners, point of sale systems or other barcode equipment, along with our software solutions.

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CipherLab’s RS30 Enterprise Smartphone with an Industrial Design

Posted June 29, 2015

The CipherLab RS30 defines a smartphone-like touch mobile computer precisely designed to meet the demands of the customer-facing mobile workers in field sales, field service, retail and healthcare industries.

The RS30’s industrial design has the full protection for users to enjoy its features worry-free in the field. The RS30 series is proven to endure accidental drops, sprinkling rain and dusty environments. It is also thoughtfully built with a 4.7 Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel capable of taking heavy usage while remaining sensitive to latex gloves. Under this ultimate protection, users can casually carry the RS30 in their pocket along with keys or coins without worrying about scratches. Its ruggedness extends to keeping the operating temperature of the RS30 series at 4°F to 122°F which ensures its efficiency regardless of hot or cold weather in the field. RS30 series is an investment that is built with the ultimate protection.


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