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Eugene Won
Senior Director of Marketing & Client Services
VDC Research
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Global Handheld Scanning Market Bolstered by Increased Mobile Scanning Adoption, According to VDC Research

Mobile scanning devices and solutions now viable options in the enterprise.

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- Handheld scanners are no longer restricted to the traditional pistol-grip form factor. Pairing or integrating scanners with consumer mobile devices is becoming an increasingly popular enterprise option, especially in less scan-intensive application environments, according to a new report from VDC Research (click here for more info). Vendors now offer companion scanners, sleds, and sleeves to support organizations’ enterprise-grade scanning requirements via their consumer device investments. Capitalizing on growing smartphone adoption in the enterprise arena, new and emerging vendors—including non-traditional participants such as software solution providers—are challenging incumbents by bringing their data capture solutions to a wider audience. In essence, these offerings are not restricted to traditional applications but are also expanding the total addressable market (TAM).

VDC estimates that the current global hardware market size for companion scanners and sled solutions is between $50 and $60M with leading participants including Honeywell, Infinite Peripherals, KoamTac, and Zebra Technologies. Although this stands at less than 5% of the handheld scanner hardware opportunity today, VDC anticipates this segment to register double-digit growth rates. This growth stems from increased adoption as vendors introduce products that can support enterprise-grade barcode scanning requirements in a broad range of application environments.


“As organizations in retail, health care, and logistics look for new ways to support vital workforce operations and enhance productivity, scanners, sleds, and barcode scanning software platforms are gaining increased consideration,” says Richa Gupta, Director of VDC’s AutoID & Data Capture practice. “AIDC market participants are slowly but surely expanding their footprint to proactively leverage the capabilities of powerful consumer devices. There are approximately 70 to 80 million smartphones and 30 to 40 million tablets in use today that support line-of-business applications in the enterprise, so the mobile scanning opportunity is ripe.” Key opportunity environments include retail establishments (apparel, grocery, and specialty goods like furniture and electronics) for inventory management, clienteling, mobile point-of-sale (mPOS), and self-shopping. Other commercial centers such as field sales and services to help facilitate order entry, asset tracking, proof-of-delivery, and fulfillment applications are also fertile grounds for mobile scanning use.

About VDC Research

Founded in 1971, VDC Research provides in-depth insights to technology vendors, end users, and investors across the globe. As a market research and consulting firm, VDC’s coverage of AutoID, enterprise mobility, industrial automation, and IoT and embedded technologies is among the most advanced in the industry, helping our clients make critical decisions with confidence. Offering syndicated reports and custom consultation, our methodologies consistently provide accurate forecasts and unmatched thought leadership for deeply technical markets. Located in Natick, Massachusetts, VDC prides itself on its close personal relationships with clients, delivering an attention to detail and a unique perspective that is second to none.



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