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Mainfreight rolls out next generation Zebra mobile computer

Mainfreight rolls out next generation Zebra mobile computer

“The next generation TC75 mobile computer is a significant step up on our existing equipment, and puts us and beyond our competitor’s capabilities,” says Mainfreight CIO Kevin Drinkwater.

Global logistics provider Mainfreight has partnered with Zebra Technologies to provide its employees with insights on-the-go.

As part of this partnership, Zebra Technologies will provide 1500 of its next-generation TC75 devices to Mainfreight across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

Mainfreight CIO Kevin Drinkwater says the company is the first supply chain and logistics provider to roll out this next generation mobile solution in ANZ.

“Zebra’s next generation TC75 mobile computer is a significant step up on our existing equipment, and puts us and beyond our competitor’s capabilities,” says Drinkwater, in a statement. “It will also enable us to introduce future functionality that is well beyond what we could deliver today.”

Zebra’s next generation TC75 mobile computer is a significant step up on our existing equipment, and puts us and beyond our competitor’s capabilities.

Kevin Drinkwater, Mainfreight

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The TC75 mobile computer features the familiar feel of a consumer smartphone but is designed to withstand the harshest work environments. The IP67 certified device is dust-tight, can survive complete immersion in water and will deliver reliable operations even after repeated eight-foot drops to concrete.

The rollout is part of Mainfreight’s US$3 million investment and will be rolled out across Australia and New Zealand by the yearend. The investment will enhance Mainfreight’s operational efficiency in the processing, delivery and collection cycle, improving the overall customer experience.

This is Mainfreight’s fourth mobile technology refresh, since they began using Symbol in 1991.

The high-performance, data capture system enables Mainfreight to scan barcodes, even if labels are damaged, dirty or poorly printed.

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The new scanners also capture high quality photographs of merchandise in any environment. It allows customers to sign using gloved hands, an optional stylus or bare fingers - making it an ideal system for crisp signature capture.

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