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Zebra’s ZQ500 Series—Lightweight and Compact Mobile Printers

Posted August 24, 2016

Extreme environments and bangs and bumps are no match for these lightweight, compact receipt and label printers. Zebra’s ZQ510 and ZQ520 printers are the most rugged printers available.They perform in the widest operating temperature range in the industry and can withstand repeated drops to concrete from up to 6.6 feet. Water spray is no match with their IP54 rating. Featuring Zebra’s Link-OS environment, these premium printers are easy to integrate, manage and maintain. With large buttons and a user-friendly interface, they are easy to operate, even when wearing gloves.

Designed for mobile environments, the ZQ500 series with the perfect solution for retail, transportation, and manufacturing markets.

Ideal Applications:

  • Receiving, Put-Away, Reverse Logistics
  • Inventory Management, Cycle Count
  • Cross-Docking
  • Picking, Staging, Packing, Shipping
  • Direct Store Delivery
  • Fleet Management
  • Proof of Delivery and Pickup
  • Ticketing
  • Passenger Services
  • Field Service
  • Quick and Efficient Checkout
  • Customer Experience
  • E-Citations
  • Parking Violations

IoT Pioneer Zebra Shares Vision for the Next Wave of Industrial Age

Posted May 23, 2016

Eighteen months after its acquisition of Motorola Solutions Enterprise business, Zebra today shares its vision for the company moving forward within a growing industry category, Enterprise Asset Intelligence (EAI). By providing “Visibility that’s Visionary,” Zebra increases businesses’ ability to track critical assets within their operations and know exactly what they are, where they are and their condition so they can make smarter, faster decisions that improve their bottom line.

For more than 40 years, Zebra has developed the building blocks of today’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology with its global leadership in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) market including sensors, barcodes, RFID and wireless networks. The arrival of the cloud and the ubiquity of wireless networks have made connecting devices and mining their data much easier, and the IoT is bringing us into a new industrial age in which the line between the physical and digital is blurring.

The evolution of the AIDC market to a more strategically oriented EAI focus is being driven by technology trends: IoT, cloud-based data analytics and mobility. Zebra is leading this evolution through its operational framework of “sense, analyze, and act.” Its solutions automatically “sense” information from enterprise assets, such as packages moving through a supply chain, equipment in a factory, workers in a warehouse, and shoppers in a store. Operational data from these assets, including status, location, utilization, or preferences, is then “analyzed” to provide actionable insights. These insights can then be mobilized to the right person at the right time so they can be “acted” upon to drive better, more timely decisions by users anywhere at any time. Today, 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies benefit from this framework using Zebra’s solutions in retail, manufacturing, transportation and logistics (T&L), and healthcare.

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Plant Access Grows Its Competitive Edge: Industry-First RFID Case Study

Posted March 14, 2016

Plant AccessIntermec IF2 RFID Readers is a specialised logistics services provider, catering for the green life industry. Plant Access provides a highly efficient service utilising a unique, innovative steel stillage design used to pick, crossdock and deliver nursery plants to Bunnings Warehouse locations across Victoria and South Australia.

Weeding out manual processes

Plant Access manages the orders and provides the steel stillages that are used to transport plant products from over 67 nursery supplier sites to Bunnings stores across Victoria and South Australia. Shipments from different suppliers are consolidated at the Plant Access cross dock facility before orders are transported to Bunnings locations and plants are sold to consumers direct out of the steel stillages.

At any one time, Plant Access has thousands of re-usable steel stillages spread across hundreds of sites throughout the supply chain. Knowing the location of all these stillages and the status of an order was a serious challenge for Plant Access under a legacy paper-based manual ordering system.

A new automated tracking system was necessary to capture real-time data from nursery supplier sites, the Plant Access cross dock logistics facility and the Bunnings stores, in order for Plant Access to have an accurate and instant visibility of their stillage assets and the products they were transporting.

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Honeywell Forms Global Strategic Alliance With NCR Corporation

Posted January 20, 2016

Honeywell has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with NCR Corporation to form a global strategic alliance to develop new service solutions combining the core competencies of both firms in support of the retail, supply chain and government sectors.

Customers will benefit from future hardware and software solutions resulting from the collaboration of the two firm’s capabilities, intellectual property and resources.

The alliance will focus on delivering technology solutions to customers in key sectors, including: retail point-of-sale, supply chain distribution, public sector and federal government information services. With this partnership, Honeywell and NCR will collaborate in markets in North America and Europe and will also evaluate opportunities in high growth regions such as India.
“This alliance brings together two global firms with complementary service offerings in the retail market,” said John Waldron, president, Honeywell Sensing and Productivity Solutions. “Our customers need new technology solutions to become more efficient and deliver a better in-store shopping experience to boost profitability. Honeywell has a long history of working with NCR, and I am pleased to strengthen our strategic relationship globally.”

“We are looking forward to working with Honeywell as we continue to help retailers navigate from omni-channel to omni-commerce and prepare for the Internet of Things,” said Michael Bayer, president, Retail Solutions, NCR. “We will continue to drive a frictionless customer experience across all consumer touchpoints and the retail supply chain.”

Honeywell brings to the alliance its core competencies in data capture technologies, distributed smart printing solutions, and wireless mobility computing platforms, while NCR leverages its software and hardware expertise in consumer transaction technologies. NCR’s solutions enable more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology and small business.


TSC Alpha-3R Mobile Printer Helps NGOs Deliver Aid to Thousands in Nigeria

Posted May 29, 2015

TSC Alpha-3R Portable Label PrinterRed Rose, a 30-year-old UK-based company, has turned to TSC and its Alpha-3R mobile printer to assist in its humanitarian mission to help some of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs) deliver cash and other forms of aid to thousands of suffering families in Nigeria.

The nucleus of Red Rose’s logistics effort is an e-money solution, called ONEsystem, an encrypted web-based platform that enables NGOs to distribute cash and other forms of aid to beneficiaries via vouchers, smart cards, and SMS mobile money.

How ONEsystem works

After a beneficiary is registered and a “beneficiary profile” created, he or she receives a smart card or wristband that makes it easy to access cash and purchase food and other necessities electronically.

Local vendors are equipped with handheld terminals to input orders, and the recipient swipes his smart card over the terminal to complete the purchase. TSC’s Alpha-3R thermal printer then prints two multi-language receipts – one for the vendor and another for the beneficiary. ONEsystem is fully customizable, easy to install and can be quickly integrated into new and existing emergency-response programs, regardless of the scope of the program or crisis.

Performance of the Alpha-3R

Red Rose has ordered 50 Alpha-3R units so far, and the printer continues to perform extremely well, despite Nigeria’s harsh environmental conditions. The mobile printer is easy to operate, even for non-trained users. It is durable, lightweight and equipped with Bluetooth technology, which supports direct network-independent printing.

Equipped with high-capacity 7.4V/2500 mAh rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, a fully charged Alpha-3R can operate two days in harsh conditions. The printer also features a tough IP54-rated environmental case that is built to resist dust and moisture.




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