Among the more than 1,700 design projects from 30-plus countries that competed in IDEA 2016, the TC8000 was one of only 26 that met the criteria for an IDEA Gold Award.
The TC8000 is a rugged handheld mobile computer designed to increase productivity and reduce fatigue for workers in highly intensive barcode scanning environments. Today’s warehouses are faced with increased volumes of shipments, expectations of expedited delivery times and a workforce that must keep pace with the growing demands of ecommerce.
Zebra designed the TC8000 to be as easy to use as a consumer mobile device while redefining the form in a way that allows the user to shave seconds off each repetitive ‘scan and verify’ motion, resulting in a savings of one hour per worker per shift and increasing productivity by an average of 14% while improving fulfillment accuracy.
“The IDEA Design Award recognizes designs that redefine product performance, and that is exactly what we did with the TC8000,” said Curt Croley, senior director of innovation and design, Zebra Technologies. “Our design team met with customers from around the world, observing their workers and processes and in some cases joining their training programs. As a result, Zebra designers were able to make key observations that resulted in the creation of the TC8000 and its breakthrough form. We eliminated a wasteful step customary to other enterprise mobile computers and in doing so, increased user productivity while decreasing worker fatigue.”