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Choosing the Right Label for Your Barcode Application

Many organizations are trying to keep production moving with fewer employees working per shift and order volumes rising by the day. Selecting the right label solution has never been more important to the success of your business.

Facing the Top Challenges in Manufacturing with MSM Solutions

Like most industries, manufacturing in the U.S. experienced an unprecedented downturn in 2020. Years of sluggish growth hit the pandemic head-on resulting in a perfect storm that dropped the industry’s market size to $5.3T - its lowest in more than a decade. However, despite the letdown, U.S. manufacturing has shown its resilience, bouncing back with an expected market growth rate of 10.8% in 2021. To ensure this expectation becomes reality, organizations in the manufacturing industry need to address the most...

Barcode Solutions Help Hospitals Keep Pace with Surging Caseloads

Throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest concerns among public health officials has been that the healthcare system would be overwhelmed by massive patient loads that exceed hospital capacity. In many parts of the USA—including large metro areas, small towns, and rural areas—hospital ICUs have routinely exceeded 100% occupancy during peak periods of infection. Even as vaccination rates climb and the pandemic wanes, many hospitals around the country are still operating at greater than 100% of their...

Supporting Caregivers on the Move with a Healthcare-Designed Mobile Computer

One lesson we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that increasing workloads and labor shortages have put a premium on caregiver efficiency in virtually every healthcare workplace. Today, more than ever, clinicians simply don’t have time to hunt for equipment, supplies, or information. They need devices that put information at their fingertips and instantly connect them with other care team members. For much of the past decade, many healthcare organizations have been investing in mobile technologies that help improve efficiency...

RFID Security

How I-T-C-M Spells ‘Security’ for Inventory Management

Inventory management can be a tricky operation especially since there are two types of security you need to consider. First, there’s the peace-of-mind knowing that your inventory is where it should be and being moved on time and in accurate quantities. Between the factory, warehouse, distribution center and retail/customer premise, its easy to lose track of what you have. Second, there’s the knowledge that your assets are protected from criminals. Without the proper safeguards in place, bad actors can easily take...

Get Control of Your Retail Inventory Management with EPC

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past year and a half, it’s that e-commerce has become an integral part of every day life. Despite the introduction of multiple vaccines and the opening of businesses across the country, online sales in the U.S. have continued to surge. In fact, e-commerce sales in Q1 of 2021 topped $199 billion, a 39% increase from the year before. For the average consumer, this means they’ve adopted the convenience of online shopping. However,...

4 Goals for Optimizing Chain of Custody Procedures

MSM serves labs of varying size and type, all with one common thread: optimizing the chain of custody process.  Laboratory operations require high-volume throughput with pinpoint accuracy.  This is particularly important when you consider a medical lab, for example, where one mistake could mean life or death for the patient. The Chain of Custody (CoC) ProcessChain of custody is a common procedure that ensures that a specimen, sample or item being produced is properly identified at the start of the...

A Zebra Study: Mobile Solutions in Manufacturing

A well-functioning supply chain is essential for any manufacturing business, and that requires a well-connected warehouse operation that offers visibility into materials, supplies, and products at all times. The integration of mobile computers and rugged tablets are one of the best ways to transform warehouse operations to help manufacturers keep pace with the challenges of today’s on-demand economy. We’re not the only ones advocating for mobile devices as a way to transform manufacturing operations. Zebra recently released a study of...

RFID Inventory Management

Using Mobile Devices to Improve Inventory Management

Whether you’re tracking parts as they make their way to the assembly line, managing the flow of products through a retail back room, or monitoring the usage of essential supplies in a hospital, your operation’s efficiency is determined largely by your ability to ensure that everything your workflows need is in the right place at the right time. In fact, effective inventory management is essential for any business that moves materials through a supply chain or distributes and tracks...