Zebra Technologies develops new traceability scanning device
The Nasdaq-listed company Zebra Technologies has launched a touchscreen scanning device which the company claims could be “the greatest advancement in the warehouse in 20 years.”
So, what is it?
Zebra claims the TC8000 android device can provide a host of benefits to warehouse workers including: providing an extra hour of productivity per worker per shift, reducing worker fatigue and boosting productivity by an average of around 14% percent.
The reason it claims to aid workplace productivity is because it reduces muscle effort by eliminating the need for what Zebra call the “tilt and verify” motions warehouse workers repeatedly conduct with traditional devices.
Paul Reed, regional product manager at Zebra said the key benefit for the meat industry may be seen in the traceability of meat from gate to plate.
“We are already seeing a lot of growth in demand for the tracking of produce, specifically meat from farm to plate. This is a device where you can take photographs; capture barcode scans and so forth so you could use it for the tracking of produce throughout the entire supply chain.
“With the TC8000 you have can have option to easily audit a particular item. You could check it went from this farm, this abattoir, onto that processor and through the entire retail supply chain.”
In a statement on the launch of the TC8000, Bill Burns, senior vice president at Zebra Technologies, added: “Warehouses are evolving from simplified operations to tightly integrated profit centres as companies increasingly rely on analytics to drive business decisions. The TC8000 will help warehouse workers be more efficient and deliver more accurate information, ultimately helping businesses operate more profitably.”