AutoID & Data Capture Reports

2019 i2 Reports

On the tailwinds of an exceptional 2018, mobile thermal barcode printer vendors are contending with slower upgrade cycles from Tier I enterprises and significant pricing pressure from low cost manufacturers. Visit the Mobile Thermal Barcode Printers page to learn more.

Point of sale (POS) systems are giving retailers access to more intelligence than ever before. The best retailers are leveraging the power of POS solutions such as mobile POS, self-checkout, and personal shopping systems to improve the customer journey and deliver a compelling in-store shopping experience in the face of rising e-commerce trends. Visit the Retail Engagement and Rethinking the Point of Sale page to learn more.

Leading vendors are taking their handheld scanner solutions to the next level by introducing new and advanced capabilities. Visit the Handheld Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for handheld self-scanning solutions including dedicated hardware and mobile applications used for consumer applications such as self-checkout, special offers, and price checks... Visit the Handheld Self-Scanning Solutions page to learn more.

This report includes a deep dive into the applicability of blockchain technology for supply chain traceability across food safety, pharmaceutical, and luxury goods verticals. Assessing the strategic advantages and development areas of blockchain, this report analyzes the integration of AIDC... Visit the Blockchain & Supply Chain Traceability page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary industrial scanners and imagers. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Machine Vision and Industrial Barcode Scanning page to learn more.


2018 i2 Reports


Smart scanning accessories are ushering in a new wave of worker mobility and productivity through hands-free operations. Visit the Smart Scanning Accessories page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary point-of-sale (POS) scanners. VDC continues its industry standard market analysis monitoring historical and five year forecasts of revenues and unit shipments, and enhances this by adding a) the installed base of... Visit the Stationary POS Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for mobile thermal barcode printers. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Mobile Thermal Barcode Printers page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary thermal barcode printers. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Thermal Barcode Printers page to learn more.


2017 i2 Reports

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary point-of-sale (POS) scanners. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions... Visit the Stationary Point-of-Sale Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research report analyzes the key strategic issues and market drivers for mobile scanners. Mobile scanners are barcode scanning hardware and software solutions that can either pair wirelessly with or enhance the built-in camera functionality of smart mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets for enterprise-grade scanning... Visit the Mobile Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

AIDC vendors today face intense competition in the barcode printer and scanner hardware markets. ISV channel partnerships are reshaping vendors’ distribution strategies, while helping engage clients across all verticals, including field services, retail, transportation and logistics... Visit the 2017 AIDC Independent Software Vendor Partner Program Analysis page to learn more.

This research report analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary thermal barcode printers. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities. Visit the Stationary Thermal Barcode Printers page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for handheld scanners and imagers, including laser scanners, linear imagers (CCD scanners), and 2D imagers. It also provides market sizing and forecasts for scan engines. Visit the Handheld Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

Over the last few years, camera based imagers have become the go-to choice for data capture applications amongst end users across all verticals. The AIDC market has seen a migration from laser to imagers as end users look towards investing in barcode scanning solutions that can do more than capturing. Visit the Mobile Thermal Printing Solutions Market Report  page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for OEM Barcode Scan Engines Market. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: scanning technology, end-user applications, end-user industries, and geographies. Visit the Global OEM Barcode Scan Engines Market Analysis page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary industrial scanners and imagers. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Industrial Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for dimensioning systems that utilize multiple technologies to enable simultaneous data capture, cubing, and weighing of objects and items. The report is designed to elaborate on vendor considerations and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types and end-user application use cases. Visit the Dimensioning Solutions Market Report page to learn more.


2016 i2 Reports

This research analyzes the key strategic issues and market drivers for industrial color labeling solutions. The color label solutions explored here include pre-printed labels and on-demand color label printing solutions. The report offers market analysis (leading applications, drivers, challenges, and barriers), in-depth vendor analyses and opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, and distribution channels. Visit the Industrial Color Label Printing Solutions page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary point-of-sale scanners. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Point-of-Sale Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary thermal barcode printers. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Thermal Barcode Printers page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for handheld scanners and imagers, including laser scanners, linear imagers (CCD scanners), and 2D imagers. It also provides market sizing and forecasts for scan engines. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Handheld Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for mobile thermal printers used to print receipts, tickets, tags, and labels. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: end-user industries, distribution channels, print width, connectivity, and geographies. Visit the Mobile Thermal Printing Solutions Market Report page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues and market drivers for track-and-trace solutions. Track-and-trace systems are solutions that can enable organizations to locate and determine the current and past locations (and other information) of a unique item or property throughout their supply chain. The track-and-trace solutions explored here include barcode, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems as well as software that enable organizations to gain visibility of items as they move through the supply chain. The report offers market analysis (leading applications, drivers, challenges, and barriers) and opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, and distribution channels. Visit the Traceability Solutions page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for handheld self-scanning solutions including dedicated hardware and mobile self-scanning applications used for consumer applications such as self-checkout, special offers, and price checks. This report offers market analysis (historical, forecast revenues and unit shipments, leading applications, drivers, and barriers), in-depth reseller and end-user analysis, country-level insights, and opportunities across the following dimensions: hardware, software, services, retail market segments, distribution channels, operating systems, and geographies. Visit the Handheld Self-Scanning Solutions page to learn more.

This research analyzes and explores key technologies, strategic issues, and market drivers for automation in the warehouse and logistics industry. With the boom of e-commerce and changing consumer habits, the warehouse and distribution center is increasingly becoming the vital component to the success of many businesses across a number of industries. Organizations today across retail, logistics, pharmaceuticals, food, and beverage are just some of the industries looking for new ways to support their expanding warehouse operations. Visit the Warehouse of the Future page to learn more.


2015 i2 Reports

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for handheld scanners and imagers, including laser scanners, linear imagers (CCD scanners), and 2D imagers. It also provides market sizing and forecasts for scan engines. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Handheld Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary thermal barcode printers. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Thermal Barcode Printers page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues and market drivers for mobile scanning solutions. Mobile scanning solutions are barcode scanning hardware and software solutions that can either pair wirelessly with or enhance the built-in camera functionality of consumer smart devices such as smartphones and tablets for enterprise-grade scanning applications. The scanning solutions covered for this report include companion scanners, sleds/sleeves, personal shopping solutions, and software platforms that enable the built-in cameras of consumer smart devices for barcode scanning. Visit the Mobile Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary point-of-sale scanners. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Point-of-Sale Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary industrial scanners. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Industrial Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for mobile thermal printers used to print receipts, tickets, tags, and labels. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: end-user industries, distribution channels, print width, connectivity, and geographies. Visit the Mobile Thermal Printing Solutions page to learn more.

2019 VDC Views


The pressure points in supporting warehouse operations are clear. According to research conducted by VDC among warehouse technology investment decision makers, the top three warehouse improvement initiatives include getting orders shipped faster, improving labor optimization and improving storage utilization. Visit the ProMat & Automate 2019 page to learn more.


2018 VDC Views


Transparency across the supply chain has come under increased scrutiny for enterprises as customer demand heightened visibility into their product origins. Visit the Blockchain & Supply Chain Traceability page to learn more.

Sitting at 2019’s doorstep, the time has come for us to again contemplate our short-term predictions for the year. Presented in conjunction with our 2019 AIDC Research calendar, these predictions map closely with key research topics and hypotheses we will be testing over the coming year. We welcome any and all feedback. Thank you and wishing all a prosperous 2019! Visit the AutoID & Data Capture 2019 Predictions page to learn more.

Amazon Go and Alexa, plus several similar services, are popping up worldwide. What's the technology and the business model? Are these a fad or the future, an opportunity or a threat? A lady walks into a store, grabs a sandwich, chips and a drink, and takes off. Next, lots of white collar brown baggers do the same thing. No cashier sees or stops them. Is everyone shoplifting? Is the store being looted? Visit the Frictionless Commerce: The Go or No-Go Decision page to learn more.

As enterprises automate the work flows of their distribution centers the role of collaborative robots is poised to reinvent traditional supply chain operations. Historically, robots in the warehouse have been utilized for industrial applications as a part of an assembly line, completing repetitious heavy duty tasks at high operating speeds that are unsafe for human collaboration. Visit the Man vs. Machine page to learn more.


2017 VDC Views


Modern day robotics have broken away from just the manufacturing assembly line and are set to take the warehouse operations and the logistics space by storm. With the increasing need to streamline processes both within and outside the four walls of the warehouse, organizations are looking towards new robotics technologies to support their daily operations. Visit the Robotics in Logistics page to learn more.


2016 VDC Views


Dimensioning solutions (also known as cubing solutions) are data capture devices that utilize multiple technologies to enable data capture, and cubing of objects and items. These solutions have the potential to be integrated through various stages and solutions in the logistics value chain and are available in a number of form factors with various underlying technologies including and not limited to laser, infrared light, cameras, and ultrasound with vendors continuously researching new ways to enhance the dimensioning process. Visit the Global Dimensioning page to learn more.

Throughout the past year Google has teased the release of Andromeda, the highly anticipated hybrid of its Android and Chrome operating systems (OS), capable of running across mobile devices and larger PC form factors alike. Although Andromeda will not be released until 2017, the impending arrival of Google's own cross-platform OS and the vendor's continuing investments in its Android for Work initiative already offer insights into how mobile hardware vendors, enterprise users, and incumbent vendors like Microsoft and Apple will move to remain competitive once Andromeda enters the market. Visit the Andromeda: Making the Case for a Universal OS page to learn more.

Following KION's acquisition of Dematic and Honeywell's acquisition of Intelligrated, two of the largest North American materials handling systems integrators have changed hands within the past month. Powered by the continued e-commerce momentum, these businesses have performed remarkably well, consistently posting double-digit gains. Visit the Intelligrated Acquisition page to learn more.


2015 VDC Views

Now that 2015 is well underway, VDC's AIDC team would like to take the opportunity to present our opinion on key issues and themes that will shape the data capture industry both now and going forward. These topics will also be integral to our research focus for this year. In the past 12 months, VDC has undertaken some rather interesting projects, helping our clients identify new target markets (regional and vertical) and exciting new opportunities to help promote business growth both now and in the future. Visit the Taking a Wide-Angle View of the AIDC World in 2015 page to learn more.

Banknote counterfeit deterrence was Digimarc’s first large-scale success for its digital watermarking solution. The company is now focused on expanding its presence into the highly opportunistic retail vertical, thereby minimizing losses experienced due to reduced currency circulation. Visit the Shining the Spotlight on Digimarc page to learn more.

Social media an integral part of organizations’ overall digital marketing strategy, which also includes search engine optimization, email marketing, and online banner advertising. Fast emerging as an opportunity for AIDC solution providers to earn customers’ (and, potentially, partners’) trust by being the platform-of-choice to deliver useful, highly valuable content. Visit the Socializing the AIDC World page to learn more.



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