Foodstuffs South Island Enhances Productivity and Inventory Visibility with Zebra Technologies

Leading retail grocery co-operative in New Zealand streamlines workflows through digitalization

Auckland, NEW ZEALAND – April 17, 2023 –
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the front line of business with solutions and partners that deliver a performance edge, today announced Foodstuffs South Island is using Zebra’s mobile computers, tablets and wearable scanners to achieve greater productivity, inventory visibility and accuracy, and improved shopping experience.

Operating since 1928, Foodstuffs South Island offers many kinds of shopping experiences, from grocery and convenience stores to large-scale supermarkets, wholesale, and specialty liquor stores. The company also owns recognizable retail chains Four Square, New World and PAK’nSAVE, as well as in-store private brands Pam and Pam’s Finest.

The solution implemented by Foodstuffs South Island includes Zebra’s TC51 and TC52 mobile computers, ET51 Android tablet, and RS5100 Bluetooth wearable scanner. The TC51 and TC52 mobile computers provide its retail associates with ready access to their inventory levels to reduce lost sales resulting from out-of-stock situations. By having such crucial information at their fingertips, it would also enable retail associates to spend more time engaging with shoppers to provide a better shopping experience. The ET51 Android tablet and RS5100 Bluetooth wearable scanner help streamline workflows and increase the scanning speed of its market online picking team, resulting in enhanced productivity from its retail backend.

“By digitalizing our process, we give our retail associates ready access to key information of our inventory levels from the shop floor to avoid facing out-of-stock situations,” said Ian Colhoun, User Technology Manager from Foodstuffs South Island. “This also eliminates the hassle of leaving the shop floor to check our office computer for data to answer shoppers’ simple questions. Promptly responding to our shoppers’ questions with real-time information about available stock will vastly improve the overall shopping experience which is our utmost priority.”

According to Zebra’s 15th Annual Global Shopper Study, retail associates expressed out-of-stock complaints as their number one frustration (43% globally and 38% in APAC). Globally, a whopping 76% (64% in APAC) of shoppers leave without the items they intended to purchase with 49% (44% in APAC) blaming it on out-of-stocks.

“There has been a sharp rise in consumer expectations across Australia and New Zealand in recent years with shoppers expecting a seamless experience as they toggle between online and physical store shopping,” said Tom Christodoulou, Sales Vice President, ANZ, Zebra Technologies. “To ensure that retails can meet the high expectations of shoppers today, they will first need to empower their retail associates with the right technology to perform their duties.”


  • Foodstuffs South Island has deployed Zebra’s solution to enhance their shopping experience through improved staff efficiency and greater inventory visibility.
  • To learn more about Foodstuffs South Island’s implementation of Zebra’s solution, please read the full case study.
  • To learn more about Foodstuffs South Island’s implementation of Zebra’s solution, please watch this video.



Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) helps organizations monitor, anticipate, and accelerate workflows by empowering their frontline and ensuring that everyone and everything is visible, connected and fully optimized. Our award-winning portfolio spans software to innovations in robotics, machine vision, automation and digital decisioning, all backed by a +50-year legacy in scanning, track-and-trace and mobile computing solutions. With an ecosystem of 10,000 partners across more than 100 countries, Zebra’s customers include over 80% of the Fortune 500. Newsweek recently recognized Zebra as one of America’s Most Loved Workplaces and Greatest Workplaces for Diversity, and we are on Fast Company’s list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators. Learn more at or sign up for news alerts. Follow Zebra’s Your Edge blog, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and check out our Story Hub: Zebra Perspectives.

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