Zebra Technologies to Acquire Xplore Technologies

Zebra Technologies Acquires Xplore Technologies

Acquisition strengthens Zebra’s position in the rugged mobility market and advances its Enterprise Asset Intelligence vision

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – Sept. 18, 2018 – Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, has announced that on August 14, 2018 it completed its acquisition of Xplore Technologies Corporation, a leading developer of semi-, fully- and ultra-rugged tablets, 2-in-1 laptops, and a range of performance matched accessories.

Xplore’s offerings complement Zebra’s industry-leading enterprise mobile computing, data capture, and printing portfolios, which will now serve a wider range of enterprise customers and accelerate growth.

Over its 22-year history, Xplore has established a leading position as an innovative leader with highly differentiated products that are designed to withstand demanding conditions across diverse end markets. These products serve existing vertical markets for Zebra such as retail, manufacturing, transportation & logistics and healthcare, and provide an inroad into new markets including oil & gas, utility, government and public safety.

“In today’s on-demand economy, investments to digitize operations are central to our customers’ strategies. The acquisition of Xplore enhances our product lineup and gives Zebra a complete rugged tablet portfolio that enables our customers to gain a performance edge,” said Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Zebra Technologies. “We’d previously outlined potential areas of expansion that are a natural fit for Zebra and its Enterprise Asset Intelligence vision, and this acquisition is aligned with that strategy. The addition of Xplore provides access to a great team and great products in an attractive market and should enable us to grow the category double digits going forward.”

A recent successful deployment saw Xplore enabling MH Equipment to transition to a fully paperless operation using the XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablet PCs and custom-developed Mobile Service Plus (MSP) software from TPI. The solution has eliminated paper-based workflows across the heavy equipment sales and service leader’s sourcing, inventory management, customer service, and accounts payable functions.

“We are very pleased with the return on our investment,” said Randy Kaluza, President of Operations, MH Equipment. “The combined Xplore and TPI mobility solution has very quickly increased our operational efficiency, eliminated resource waste, eliminated thousands of dollars a year in printing costs, and improved our customer satisfaction levels. All of this has contributed to elevated cost savings and the generation of new revenue sources.”

Key Takeaways

  • Zebra has completed its acquisition of Xplore, a leading developer of semi-, fully- and ultra-rugged tablets, 2-in-1 laptops, and a range of performance matched accessories, on August 14, 2018.
  • The acquisition of Xplore enhances Zebra’s product line-up that includes a complete rugged tablet portfolio that enables enterprises to gain a performance edge.
  • The expanded portfolio will serve existing vertical markets for Zebra such as retail, manufacturing, transportation & logistics and healthcare, and provide growth opportunities in other markets including oil & gas, utility, government and public safety.
  • Xplore has recently enabled MH Equipment to successfully transition to a fully paperless operation using the XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablet PCs.

 

About Zebra

Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) empowers the front line of business in retail/ecommerce, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare and other industries to achieve a performance edge. With more than 10,000 partners across 100 countries, we deliver industry-tailored, end-to-end solutions that intelligently connect people, assets and data to help our customers make business-critical decisions. Our market-leading solutions elevate the shopping experience, track and manage inventory as well as improve supply chain efficiency and patient care. Ranked on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers for the last three years, Zebra helps our customers capture their edge. For more information, visit www.zebra.com or sign up for our news alerts. Follow us on LinkedIn,  Twitter and Facebook.

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