Zebra Technologies announces strategic partnership with RILA (R)Tech Center for Innovation

Mutual Interest In Retail, Technology And Data Serve As Strong Foundation For Benefiting The Global Retail Industry

Lincolnshire , IL, 2017-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (9/20/2017), Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time visibility, announced its strategic partnership with the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) (R)Tech Center for Innovation. The partnership will focus on identifying and harnessing emerging technologies to the benefit of the global retail industry.

“Zebra is excited to partner in this effort to co-innovate, develop and offer new offerings, working with top retail executives and operational leaders. A critical goal for retailers is building a culture of innovation which we aim to help achieve. We look forward to our continued work with RILA as we develop next-generation offerings that will fulfill industry needs and expand operational visibility to improve the overall customer experience,” said Tom Bianculli, Chief Technology Officer, Zebra Technologies.

“Zebra’s proven leadership in innovative retail technology along with its record as a committed RILA partner makes the company an ideal partner for the Center. We look forward to working together on future endeavors that benefit both retailers and consumers,” said Adam Siegel, Senior Vice President of Innovation for RILA.

RILA and Zebra are partnering to further their shared vision of bringing emerging technologies that will enhance and enable solutions to address the challenges retailers face in a dynamic environment. One area of focus will be data security and sharing. Retailers are generating vast amounts of actionable data about processes and assets that can be leveraged to transform their operations to improve business performance and outcomes. As the retail industry leverages an increasing amount of real-time data to transform operations and the customer experience, both Zebra and RILA will have a focus on data security. This area of data security is just one domain example that represents their mutual expertise and broader involvement with the entire retail community.

In addition to partnering in the (R)Tech initiative, Zebra is a sponsor and partner on RILA’s Asset Protection Leaders Council which includes senior executives in retail focused on asset protection, loss prevention and risk management.

“As a participant in its Asset Protection Leaders Council, Zebra is engaged in advancing RILA’s broader ability to support and enhance its charter to reduce shrink in retail. Our joint efforts combined with our focus on bringing innovative solutions to market will allow retailers to focus on future growth,” Ed Tonkon, President, Zebra Retail Solutions, Zebra Technologies.

About Zebra 
With the unparalleled operational visibility Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides, enterprises become as smart and connected as the world we live in. Real-time information – gleaned from visionary solutions including hardware, software and services – gives organizations the competitive edge they need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses and customers, and empower their mobile workers to succeed in today’s data-centric world. For more information, visit www.zebra.com or sign up for our news alerts. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

About the RILA (R)Tech Center for Innovation
U.S. and global consumers are driving change in retail as never before. Ubiquitous internet access, and changing consumer values, preferences, and lifestyles, have led to unprecedented disruption in virtually every industry; retail perhaps more than any other. This digital revolution continues to transform the way customers buy and interact with retailers and products. And the pace and depth of these changes is both unprecedented and accelerating. This new retail landscape brings with it many risks, but also many opportunities. To address this new reality, RILA sees an opportunity to help its members by forming a new (R)Tech Center for Innovation and an accompanying “(R)Tech” brand in the retail, innovation, and policymaking arenas. (R)Tech is a new term that describes the confluence of retail and technology; it is meant to impassion entrepreneurs for, and direct venture funding to, technologies, ideas, and startups that help the industry, and to reinvigorate retail’s reputation with innovators, the next generation of retail talent, policymakers, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Therese Van Ryne
Zebra Technologies

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Zebra Technologies

Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

NCR and Zebra Technologies expand partnership to provide frictionless customer service to shoppers in-store

DULUTH, Ga, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions and Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in providing solutions and services that give enterprises real-time visibility into their operations, today (January 13, 2017 ) expanded their global strategic relationship in two key areas of NCR’s Store Transformation portfolio to provide truly visionary and frictionless customer service to shoppers in-store.

By integrating NCR’s Unified Commerce and Store Transformation solutions with the new Zebra SmartSense™ for Retail asset visibility solution, brick and mortar retailers get deeper visibility into their operations to help them execute successful omni-channel fulfillment strategies, improve the shopper experience and reduce missed sales opportunities.

Through a combination of UHF RFID, video and a new micro-location capability, the journey and location of merchandise and shoppers who opt into the network or a loyalty app can be tracked in real-time by Zebra’s SmartSense for Retail platform. This helps retailers maintain optimal stock levels and provides a more accurate view of their in-store merchandise count online, so that shoppers know before driving to a store whether the product is available, which helps increase customer satisfaction.

Additionally, NCR and Zebra offer a unique in-store mobile shopping experience.  Leveraging NCR FastLane Mobile Shopper software and the Zebra MC18 Personal Shopper device, retailers can give shoppers the opportunity to save time and scan the barcodes of merchandise as they shop using Zebra’s intuitive store-provided handheld. The NCR FastLane Mobile Shopper extends the unified commerce experience by linking to a consumer’s shopping list and delivering relevant product information to the MC18 Personal Shopper – enabling consumers to quickly complete their shopping trip with the device. After scanning items with the rugged MC18 handheld device, they can place the items in their cart, packing as they go, and quickly finalize the transaction at a designated checkout area, powered by the NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout, or on the MC18 without having to wait in line.

NCR’s Store Transformation solution portfolio includes the flexible FastLane SelfServ Checkout family, FastLane Mobile Shopper, high velocity assisted-service checkouts, click & collect, as well as kiosks, cash management, mobile experiential technologies, and consulting services.

“NCR’s Store Transformation solutions help retailers reimagine the store as the hub of the shopping experience and deliver rich, naturally convenient and personalized services,” said Dusty Lutz, Vice President Store Transformation, NCR Retail. “Zebra’s MC18 Personal Shopper and new SmartSense for Retail solutions ideally complement our store transformation vision and can be integrated with NCR loyalty solutions to actively push targeted promotions to shoppers based on knowledge of their purchase history and location within the store, as well as enable frictionless checkout.”

Zebra’s SmartSense for Retail is an Enterprise Asset Intelligence solution that also enhances retailers’ loss prevention capabilities with real-time alerts to loss prevention personnel during a potential theft event and can help quickly locate misplaced merchandise and assets to within very short distances.

“Zebra is proud of its long-standing relationship with NCR,” said Bob Sanders, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Data Capture Solutions, Zebra Technologies. “We’ve had a global relationship for the last 10 years and remain committed to delivering visibility solutions that keep checkout lanes flowing, make transactions fast and accurate and minimize abandoned sales.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., USA, with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries.

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Media Contact:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Corporation
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Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation

Bill Abelson
Zebra Technologies

Source: NCR Corporation