Zebra Technology Announces New Warehouse Solution to Increase Worker Productivity

Zebra FulfillmentEdge
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Zebra Technologies, a company based in Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA, that manufactures and sells marking, tracking and computer printing technologies, announced new warehouse offerings designed to optimize workflows, and improve employee onboarding.

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Zebra FulfillmentEdge™ transforms existing warehouse management systems (WMS) by enabling real-time dynamic workflows and routing mobile workers for picking, packing and put-away – without costly and risky upgrades or backend changes. It offers Zebra’s Android-based mobile computers and innovative optional accessories like the new enterprise-class HD4000 head-mounted display. Zebra also introduced a new single-finger RS5100 wireless ring scanner that provides mobile workers with an ultra-light hands-free scanning option for increased productivity in industrial environments, said a press release.

A study conducted by Zebra showed that IT and operational decision makers are already taking steps to upgrade their facilities and WMS platforms. According to the study, 54% of surveyed organizations plan to implement full-featured WMS and mobile worker execution systems by 2024. FulfillmentEdge integrates existing real-time WMS data with real-time location information, providing visibility into the location of workers, inventory and material handling assets. The solution then analyzes the information and creates real-time workflows delivered as electronic tasks that can contain visual directions to the next pick location and photos of the item to ensure picking accuracy. Now, one worker can simultaneously pick multiple orders, enabling businesses to dramatically increase order fulfillment times and boost worker productivity up to 24 percent.

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In 2017, 215.3 million patients in the U.S. were identified by a Zebra thermal or laser wristband (Image: Zebra)

“Zebra’s intuitive FulfillmentEdge software and optional HD4000 head-mounted display provide mobile workers with clear, step-by-step instructions that reduce training time by 90 percent to allow near-instant onboarding while decision makers benefit from the real-time insights and analytics that enable better data-driven decisions,” said Joe White, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Zebra Technologies.

HD4000 Head-Mounted Display

The rugged, monocular HD4000 head-mounted display is an optional accessory for select mobile computers capable of running the FulfillmentEdge solution. It tethers via USB, providing all-day power and increased productivity to warehouse, manufacturing and field service workers who can benefit from hands-free, directed-action workflows.

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RS5100 Bluetooth Ring Scanner

The single-finger RS5100 Bluetooth ring scanner helps improve worker productivity by freeing up workers’ hands for inventory management, picking, packing and sorting applications in industrial environments. Zebra’s smallest and lightest ring scanner offers a long battery life and features a single-sided- or double-trigger to enable workers to use gloves or bare hands for all-day comfort. It also supports NFC tap-to-pair with most Zebra enterprise-class Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices and offers high-performance 1D/2D omnidirectional scanning to maximize worker productivity.