“Our cultures are actually quite similar in that both Zebra and Jabil believe in innovation and engineering strength.”
Zebra Location Solutions builds patented RFID technology that enables various professional sports to collect information one time to use it over and over again. Because the data collection is so accurate and precise, Zebra's customers can leverage that information for coaching, for player health and fitness, and even for fan use in assessing player stats for fantasy football gaming.
When Zebra experienced challenges with the manufacturer they were previously using to build the RFID tags, they decided to explore the opportunity to move the project to a different, larger, more scalable, and technologically advanced partner. Jabil had done other work for the Zebra printing division and was conveniently located close by. The product delivery timeline was a major factor, as was supply chain. If the partner couldn't commit to the rapid turn-around time for prototype to solution – they would be eliminated from contention in the final pool of candidates.
Zebra looked to Jabil as a potential partner – along with three others.
Jabil not only fulfilled the deadline, it provided a path to future development and innovation that Zebra has been very impressed with throughout the relationship.