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Q: Laser scanning POS sytems worldwide ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Laser scanning POS sytems worldwide
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: scottresearch-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 18 Oct 2006 10:14 PDT
Expires: 17 Nov 2006 09:14 PST
Question ID: 774729
I am trying to find the total number (market size) of the laser
barcode scanners that are out there (worldwide).  These are also
called Point of Sale systems, but I am specifically interested in the
ones that have the laser scanner attached (just like the supermarket).
 The referenced answer will help me to build my business case as our
product works with the existing technology (i.e. "...over 50 million
terminals worldwide can already use our technology....")

Subject: Re: Laser scanning POS sytems worldwide
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 18 Oct 2006 11:32 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello Sscottresearch,

Venture Development Corporation offers an informative report titled
?The Global AIDC Industry Business Planning Service 2005.?

Download the complete report here for detailed data:


VDC segments the stationary scanner market into four segments

 - Industrial Laser Scanners
 - Industrial Imagers
 - POS Scanners
 - Bar Code Verifiers

In 2004, the global market for these technologies reached
approximately $761 million unit shipments were shipments were slightly
more than 900,000 in 2004.
Stationary scanners are forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth
rate (CAGR) of approximately 7% reaching revenue of $1.1 billion by
2009. Then overall stationary scanner market is projected to
experience nearly 11% annual growth in unit shipments, reaching 1.5
million units by 2009. The majority of growth will occur in the
industrial imager market. VCD anticipates that the emerging imaging
technology will grow roughly 14% per year through 2009. Growth in
imager shipments is expected to outpace that of laser technology, as
declining price points and enhanced performance capabilities position
imaging technology as a viable alternative to laser."

Exhibit 1-2 (page 36)
Global Shipments of Stationary Bar Code Scanners Segmented by Product
                             (Thousands of Units)
Product                 2004     2005    2006    2007     2008    2009
Industrial Laser       165.8    179.2   193.0   207.2    221.9   237.0
Industrial Imager      113.0    136.9   161.6   186.9    213.0   239.9
POS                    584.2    654.9   728.0   803.7    882.2   963.5
Bar Code Verifier       40.9     45.4    50.1    54.9     59.9    65.3
Total                  903.9   1016.4  1132.6  1252.6   1377.0  1505.7


Venture Development Corporation offers a white paper on handheld bar code scanners.

Download here: 


This white paper presents some top-level finding from the handheld bar
code scanner segment

VDC segments the handheld bar code scanner market into four segments:

???laser scanners;
???linear imagers;
???2D imagers; and
???pen/wand scanners.

?In 2004, the global handheld scanner market experienced strong
growth, reaching $775 million. The global market for these
technologies is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate
(CAGR) of 7%, nearing revenue of $1.1 billion by 2009. Unit shipments
reached 3.9 million, and are projected to experience approximately 9%
annual growth, exceeding 6 million units by 2009.

(See Exhibit 1 on page 2).

Source: Venture Development Corporation 


The global market for handheld bar code scanners is projected to reach
almost $974 million by the end of 2008, according to "The 2004 Global
AIDC Industry Business Planning Service" published by Venture
Development Corporation (VDC). The research also indicates that while
shipments of traditional laser-based bar code technology is expected
to increase just 6.5 percent, demand for linear and 2D imaging
solutions are expected to grow at rates of 11 and 20.8 percent

Search terms:
barcode scanner OR scanning market laser million + units POS

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by scottresearch-ga on 19 Oct 2006 09:48 PDT
Thanks, this is useful, I wonder though if there is a referenced
"total" number somewhere out there - like " there are close to 50
million POS scanners already in use around the world"...unless you
think it is in that report?

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 19 Oct 2006 09:59 PDT
Thank you for your clarification. I will try to find the number of POS
scanners in use and will get back to you shortly.


Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 19 Oct 2006 10:10 PDT
30 million POS systems

"ViVOtech, Santa Clara, Calif., recently unveiled ViVOpay, a
contactless payment terminal developed for use with 30 million POS
Rather than requiring merchants to purchase new systems, ViVOpay
enables them to easily and cost-efficiently upgrade their current
magnetic-stripe POS to accept payment from contactless cards."

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 19 Oct 2006 10:14 PDT
30 million POS terminals worldwide

"Of the more than 30 million POS terminals worldwide, 12 million are
in the U.S., according to The Nilson Report.

Five percent to 7% of installed terminals are replaced each year in
the U.S., Vanchesan says, which means there's plenty of opportunity to
grow sales through updated products and new technology."


"In 2008 an approximate number of 50 million POS terminals will be in
operation worldwide."

I hope this helps!

Best regards, 
scottresearch-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Great, thanks for your help.  Scott

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