Coming out of Zebra’s annual kick-off meetings with Resellers, we wanted to share highlights of new products and product refreshes for 2019 spanning multiple verticals. As a Zebra reseller, we have insight into some of the year’s most anticipated applications in grocery, quick service restaurant, healthcare, warehousing, and manufacturing verticals.
Like most use case applications, there is an intention that aims to increase efficiency, reduce errors, and improve communications with an ever-evolving suite of products to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. This year’s new handheld devices, printers, and other new technologies are components of increasingly innovative solutions.
Grocery Retail and Distribution Applications
Growing competition from online grocers and make-at-home meal kits mean grocery retailers must be more willing to adopt new technology than ever before:
MC3330R Integrated UHF RFID Handheld
The MC3330R handheld provides superior RFID read performance and receiver sensitivity for fast and accurate capture of even the most challenging RFID tags. This MC9190-Z replacement improves comfort, task speed, and ease of use from previous versions. It’s also capable of capturing 1D and 2D barcodes without needing to switch devices. Furthermore, the MC3330R offers long-range and standard RFID reading as well as long-range scanning. Additionally, it’s supported by Android OS to offer a familiar operating system.
Based on the MC3300 series, it brings legacy RFID reading operations into the modern age. The physical keyboard and full touch screen features support both applications with a high degree of accuracy. The large display provides more space for viewing business critical data.
Quick Serve Restaurants – Serving Quicker
Fast food and fast casual restaurants are adopting more technology than ever before. Tech-based trends like mobile payments, personalized customer rewards, voice ordering, and ordering/pickup kiosks are sweeping the QSR (Quick Serve Restaurant) landscape.
DS9908 and DS9908R Hands-Free/Hand-Held Screening
The newly released DS9908 and DS9908R offer amazing performance, high resolution, and lightning fast swipe speed. Innovative haptic HF/HH switching technology automatically adjusts range depending on the mode. It integrates with the DS9808 install base and supports a wide variety of value-added applications such as image capture and form auto-population for a more profitable solution. This all-in-one device includes an HH/HF barcode scanner, EAS tag deactivator, image capture camera, and RFID reader functionality without requiring an external power supply.
Healthcare - Acute and Non-Acute
There are dozens of scenarios in this vertical ranging from more familiar environments like logistics and supply chain environments to inventory management and patient handling. As one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, new applications are being conceptualized every day.
HC100 Wristband Printer
The HC100 cartridge-based wristband printer is a refresh of the existing model. Easy-to-read, durable z-band wristbands aid in positive patient identification, while PrintSecure technology protects private patient data. A healthcare-compliant power supply and easy to clean unit combine to create a wristband printer that will keep up in even the most demanding, fast-paced environments. The HC100 has upgraded connectivity and is simple to manage and deploy, integrating with Print DNA.
A refresh of the QLn Series, the ZQ600 is a premium printer with the highest level of capabilities and performance compared to other Zebra Technologies mobile printers. Designed for specimen labeling, it utilizes the latest wireless technology and offers fast-roaming capability. Bluetooth Printer Management provides real-time visibility, while a color LCD allows for easy use. The ZQ600 has 40% higher battery capacity to last for more than a full work shift and uses a sleep mode with instant wakeup to make the battery life last even longer. Lastly, the PowerPrecision+ battery offers battery health information and metrics to keep staff informed.
The Usual Suspects - Warehouse & Manufacturing
Exponential growth in e-commerce shopping has resulted in larger scale warehousing needs for not only many of the nation’s largest retailers – but for the rapidly growing 3PLs that are providing services like this for the smaller businesses that can’t scale to the same degree as the large retailers. This growth has also led to a shift in consumer expectations regarding product availability and shipping speed. Today’s consumers expect flawless product availability, even during busy seasons, and fast shipping to homes and businesses.
DS3608-DPA and DS3678-DPA Handheld Scanners
The DS3608 and DS3678 are ultra-rugged handhelds meant for industrial manufacturing environments. These dependable scanners utilize an advanced illumination system for lightning fast capture of direct part marks. Marks of any size on any surface with any contrast or density can be read with ease. DS3608/DS3678 scanners read 1D and 2D barcodes and have a wider view to read linear codes that are common in some industrial applications. These scanners are specifically designed to help industrial manufacturers meet their track and trace requirements.
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