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Top 20 Automatic Data Capture Suppliers

After two years of sluggish sales, ADC suppliers saw sales increase as a growing number of companies turn to ADC to accommodate the demands of e-commerce operations and omni-channel initiatives.

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Is the fully wireless workplace continues to come into focus, and as warehouse and DC managers are tasked with doing more with less while exceeding customers’ ever-evolving demands, the global market for automatic data capture (ADC) solutions is growing exponentially. Global sales for such products, which are used in factories, warehouses and logistics applications, reached $6.131 billion in sales in 2016 and are on track to hit the $6.358 billion mark in 2017, according to Massachusetts-based VDC Research Group.

Breaking those numbers down, sales of rugged mobile devices reached $2.756 billion last year, while sales of bar code hardware (scanners and printers) were $3.375 billion. Between 2016 and 2021, VDC is projecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3% and 5% respectively in those sectors between 2016 and 2021, with sales of rugged mobile devices reaching $3.189 billion and bar code hardware grow­ing to $4.301 billion over the next five years.

Richa Gupta, senior analyst for AutoID and data capture at VDC Research, says in 2017 she’s seeing “a bit of a downward trend” in the markets that she covers, which include bar code scanning and printing. “This is primarily due to the performance of some of the leading players within these markets,” says Gupta, who adds that end user customers are “really pushing back” on refresh cycles for such investments right now and that some product lines have become dated.

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Is the fully wireless workplace continues to come into focus, and as warehouse and DC managers are tasked with doing more with less while exceeding customers’ ever-evolving demands, the global market for automatic data capture (ADC) solutions is growing exponentially. Global sales for such products, which are used in factories, warehouses and logistics applications, reached $6.131 billion in sales in 2016 and are on track to hit the $6.358 billion mark in 2017, according to Massachusetts-based VDC Research Group.

Breaking those numbers down, sales of rugged mobile devices reached $2.756 billion last year, while sales of bar code hardware (scanners and printers) were $3.375 billion. Between 2016 and 2021, VDC is projecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3% and 5% respectively in those sectors between 2016 and 2021, with sales of rugged mobile devices reaching $3.189 billion and bar code hardware grow­ing to $4.301 billion over the next five years.

Richa Gupta, senior analyst for AutoID and data capture at VDC Research, says in 2017 she’s seeing “a bit of a downward trend” in the markets that she covers, which include bar code scanning and printing. “This is primarily due to the performance of some of the leading players within these markets,” says Gupta, who adds that end user customers are “really pushing back” on refresh cycles for such investments right now and that some product lines have become dated.

 


About the Author

Bridget McCrea, Editor
Bridget McCrea is a Contributing Editor for Logistics Management based in Clearwater, Fla. She has covered the transportation and supply chain space since 1996, and has covered all aspects of the industry for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review. She can be reached at [email protected]

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