21 May, 2015

Rise of the Smartphone: The Decline of Single-Purpose Devices

rise of smartphone

Since smartphones, tablets, and wearables burst into existence over the past decade, they’ve created multibillion-dollar industries in part by rendering dozens or even hundreds of existing products and services virtually obsolete, from point and shoot cameras to newspapers and wallets. Most American adults now consider smartphones to be essential in their daily lives thanks, in large part, to millions of apps than can perform virtually limitless tasks. Apple’s now ubiquitous catchphrase “There’s an app for that” is just one reminder that mobile devices can do almost anything—and more services are being invented for mobile devices every day.

Dead consumer standalone devices and services

Think about the last time you purchased or used any of the following dead standalone devices. More importantly, think about whether you would ever purchase one again.

  • Landline phone
  • Radio, CD or MP3 player
  • Alarm clock
  • Portable game console
  • Point and shoot camera
  • Portable video player/DVD player/handheld TV
  • GPS device
  • Personal desktop assistant (PDA)
  • Calculator
  • Non-jewelry wristwatch

Many of us still own many of these devices for a number of reasons: a large CD collection that you haven’t digitized; an alarm clock that you’ve used for twenty years; an aging calculator from your days in college. But as we consider the future and how younger generations will make purchasing decisions, we can be sure that many of these devices will become mostly or completely obsolete. Remember the Laserdisc or 8-track player? Yeah, we won’t admit it either.

Mobile app developers and internet-of-things (IoT) engineers are hard at work digitizing everyday consumer products and services—things we depend on every day, but never imagined we could control with our mobile devices. For example, light bulbs and door locks can now be controlled remotely from mobile devices, suggesting that we may soon see the demise of our house keys and light switches. This example also illustrates how mobile ups the ante in new ways, offering more than the familiar on/off and lock/unlock paradigm: mobile GPS, for example, enables us to turn lights on and unlock the front door as soon as we pull into the driveway while connected clock apps can bright or dim lights based on the sunrise and sunset. Here are just a few consumer products that are making their way onto our mobile devices and promise to revolutionize the way we interact with the physical world:

  • Wallets (credit cards/ID cards)
  • Medical test and monitoring devices
  • House keys
  • Remote controls
  • Thermostat
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Consumer products are not alone in becoming displaced by mobile devices; dedicated devices in businesses and enterprises are also on the decline thanks to advances in cloud-based technologies that empower workers to use mobile devices in new ways while cutting overhead costs. Services like Skype, Dropbox or Box, Google for Business, Quickbooks, and Amazon S3 enable businesses to run virtually all services in the cloud—and on mobile devices. Here’s a short list of some of the business processes and enterprise products that are moving to mobile:

  • IT management
  • Order management
  • Bookkeeping/accounting
  • Cash registers
  • Storage and servers
  • Scanners/copiers/fax machines/printers
  • Contracts
  • Barcode scanners

Since the smartphone first emerged in 2009, Scandit has been helping businesses and enterprises around the world leverage mobile devices for enterprise-grade barcode scanning and data capture, enabling customers to capitalize on new mobile revenue streams or, in many cases, replace their dedicated barcode scanners and mobile computers. Similar to other consumer and business products and services that have shifted to the cloud and mobile, dedicated scanners are losing value thanks to the utility and cost-effectiveness of mobile devices that feature powerful built-in cameras. As mobile devices have evolved to enable enterprise-grade data capture and barcode scanning, businesses and enterprises around the world have chosen the Scandit platform as a cost-effective alternative solution to rising costs for dedicated devices.

Side-by-side TCO comparison: smartphones vs. dedicated scanners

The decline of any legacy technology begins when a new analogous technology comes along that is more efficient, or more cost-effective, or offers new features or functionalities. For many legacy technologies, mobile devices tackle all three. Just as consumers around the world are welcoming an increasingly mobile life, organizations are moving—albeit gradually—to cloud-enabled, mobile-friendly workflows.

A majority of adults say that mobile devices are the first thing they interact with in the morning and the last thing they interact with before they go to sleep, with dozens of interactions throughout the day, indicating a rapidly increasing reliance on them. Reliance on mobile devices points to a fundamental shift: when compared with buying and maintaining a number of separate dedicated devices as we have until very recently, mobile devices offer consumers and businesses incredible cost efficiency, unparalleled convenience, and a more robust feature set capable of expanding as devices evolve. Mobile devices open the door for virtually limitless uses and as society moves toward mobile device ubiquity, we can expect to see an increasing number of dedicated devices and services disappearing in favor of mobile-first solutions.

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18 May, 2015

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14 May, 2015

Scandit Expands American Footprint With Record Growth And New High Profile Enterprise Customers


Barcode Technology Leader Adds Home Depot, Verizon Wireless and Genentech as Customers; Makes Key Sales Hire

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — May 14, 2015Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, today announced that it has more than tripled the number of North American customers it acquired in Q1 2015 compared with Q1 2014, adding several new leading U.S. enterprise customers including The Home DepotCapital One, Verizon Wireless, and Genentech, among others. The company also announced that it has hired Justin Corbell as its director of U.S. sales, a strategic hire that will accelerate penetration in the U.S. market.

Scandit North American Sales Continue to Accelerate

  • Addition of dozens of major enterprise customers, including The Home Depot, Capital One, Verizon Wireless and Genentech
  • 330% quarter-on-quarter growth of U.S. customers (Q1 2015 to 2014)
  • 314% year-over-year increase in global bookings (2014 to 2013)

To build on its U.S. momentum, Scandit has hired Justin Corbell as its director of U.S. sales, responsible for developing the business through direct sales and indirect channels. Before joining Scandit, Justin was VP of Sales at Bigcommerce, the leading ecommerce platform for established and emerging brands, where he was responsible for revenue through global direct sales and channel partnerships.

“As demand for cloud-based barcode scanning technology and related mobile solutions continues to skyrocket, we are seeing tremendous success in the United States and across North America, where enterprises understand the value and power of end-to-end data capture solutions,” said Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit. “Our record growth and the addition of some of America’s most recognized brands as customers underscores the need in the marketplace for innovative alternatives to the barcode status quo. Our commitment to delivering industry-leading solutions and the addition of Justin Corbell to our team as U.S. director of sales will enable us to push even further into the American enterprise.”

Revolutionizing Enterprise Barcode Scanning and Data Capture

Since 2009, Scandit has been bringing its enterprise-grade mobile scanning technology to global businesses touching every part of the supply chain, including retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and more. Building on its patented barcode scanning technology, Scandit is redefining enterprise mobility and data capture for enterprises through customizable mobile apps, development tools and cloud services designed to drive efficiency and growth for its clients.

“It used to be that working with barcodes meant buying clunky, handheld laser based scanners. These dedicated devices, like any other, require maintenance, will suffer downtime, and are expensive. Scandit’s value proposition is to do away with that. Scandit offers scanning software that helps companies replace bulky scanners by turning ordinary smartphones into enterprise grade scanners. It also provides set of mobile apps, such a mobile clienteling, that helps a company get started if it doesn’t have an app,” said Maribel Lopez, Principal & Founder of Lopez Research.

About Scandit

Scandit delivers high performance mobile solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearables, designed to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency for today’s forward-looking enterprises. Scandit solutions are built on its patented software-based barcode scanner and are used in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and logistics. With nearly 20,000 licensees in more than 100 countries, Scandit processes more than 200 million scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world’s most prestigious brands including Ahold, Coop, Homeplus (Tesco), NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue and Verizon. Founded in 2009 by a group of researchers from MIT, ETH Zurich and IBM Research, today Scandit and its network of global integration and technology partners are pushing the boundaries of mobile AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), delivering groundbreaking identification and data capture applications to customers. For more information visit www.scandit.com.


30 Apr, 2015

Mobile Order Entry for Wholesale Distribution Operations


If your business is like most wholesale distribution operations, it must be able to react quickly to meet customer needs and market demand fluctuations. When customers need to place orders quickly to re-stock store shelves and inventory, you want to be able to provide them with an easy and efficient ordering solution that gives them the ability to submit orders fast—from the sales floor, stockroom or even on-the-go.

Scandit’s Mobile Order Entry Solution features a customizable, cross-platform application that gives wholesale customers access to product catalogs and easy ordering functionality from a smartphone, enabling them to do their jobs faster and more effectively. For distributors, mobile order entry reduces costs, increases order frequency and drives sales by streamlining orders and leveraging mobile efficiencies in the replenishment process. Scandit’s Mobile Order Entry solution comes complete with enterprise-grade barcode scanning functionality, mobile frameworks and backend services to ensure the highest level of performance and easy integration into your existing IT infrastructure.

To learn more about Scandit’s Mobile Order Entry solution, you can watch the product overview video below or contact a Scandit representative.

22 Apr, 2015

Top 5 Reasons to Integrate Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK into Your Mobile App


Barcode scanning has become a required feature for many popular consumer and employee-facing mobile apps. Whether users are comparing prices in store, tracking assets through the supply chain, or managing inventory in the back of house, the right barcode scanner SDK can turn your smartphone into a powerful business tool. When building a mobile app that includes a barcode scanning feature, it’s important to have a barcode scanner SDK that is fast, easy to integrate and provides the best user experience.

Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK is trusted by some of the world’s most prestigious brands for good reason. No matter what use case or application, Scandit can provide your mobile app users with the best mobile barcode scanning experience. Here are five compelling reasons to integrate Scandit’s barcode scanner SDK into your mobile app.

1) Lightning-Fast Decode Speed

Our award-winning Barcode Scanner SDK provides hundreds of mobile apps with unmatched speed and accuracy decoding all major barcode symbologies. In fact, our image recognition software is capable of reading barcodes faster than auto-focus cameras can focus. Studies comparing different barcode scanners have show that Scandit significantly outperforms competing barcode scanning solutions.

Take a look at our performance video to see the unmatched scanning speed delivered by Scandit.

2) Blurry Barcode Scanning

Unlike competitors, our Barcode Scanner SDK is able to scan blurry barcodes. Our patented blurry barcode scanning functionality increases scanning speeds, regardless of device camera quality, and makes it possible to scan even the smallest barcodes. Because of this, our barcode scanner works across thousands of low-end devices that lack autofocus, making Scandit the best choice for apps being used across a wide-range of devices. Our blurry barcode scanning functionality ensures accessibility for all users, not just those with the latest high-end smartphone.

3) Barcode Scanning in Adverse Conditions

Let’s face it, barcodes are scanned everywhere — in stores, in warehouses, at home and on-the-go. It’s important for users to be able to scan barcodes quickly and accurately regardless of type of surface, lighting scenario, or angle required. Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK gives users the ability to scan barcodes at any angle, with high amounts of glare and across any surface. Our SDK can even scan poorly printed or damaged barcodes with ease. All of this translates into fast and accurate barcode scanning for any user in any environment.

4) Trusted Reliability and World-Class Support

Unlike other barcode scanner SDK’s, Scandit provides customers with the reliability and support that goes far beyond the barcode scan. This is why our technology is trusted by some of today’s biggest brands. Our Barcode Scanner SDK comes with:

  • Reliable performance to meet enterprise needs
  • Technical support plans to help with integration, deployment and maintenance
  • Barcode scanning analytics that provide valuable app intelligence
  • Timely updates that make sure your app continues to provide a great user experience over time

5) Scandit is more than just a component

Unlike other competitors, Scandit does more than build a simple barcode scanner SDK. We’re also an app solution provider for some of today’s largest enterprises. As veterans in the mobile barcode scanning space with more than 15,000 licensees in 80 countries, we are well suited to help address your use case — no matter the industry. We’ve worked with hundreds of use cases across many industries around the globe, and know what makes a mobile barcode scanning application successful.

Let’s Talk

Contact a Scandit representative to learn more about how we can help bring your mobile app to life with the added power of high performance barcode scanning.

16 Apr, 2015

Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK Version 4.5 Released


Today, we’ve released the latest version of our Barcode Scanner SDK for iOS and Android, which includes significant improvements to blurry barcode scanning performance and decode range.

Be sure to download the latest SDK and update your mobile application to harness the unmatched barcode scanning performance Scandit has to offer. If you haven’t experienced the performance of Scandit, consider signing up for a 30-Day Test SDK today.

Here is a list of improvements in our latest 4.5 release:

  • Improved blurry detection of ITF (2 of 5), Code 39, Code 93 and
    Code 128. The maximum decode range improved up to 30%
    (device dependent).
  • Support for EAN2 and EAN5 extension codes (Android only).

To view the release notes and download the latest SDK, simply sign into your Scandit account.

10 Apr, 2015

Customer Spotlight: LogCom — Pick By Vision for Logistics Warehouses with Scandit

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The logistics industry is rapidly changing as new technologies emerge to increase efficiency for common business processes throughout the supply chain. In this customer spotlight, we’re going to take a look at how Scandit’s software-based barcode scanner is helping logistics technology supplier Logcom provide innovative IT solutions for today’s logistics enterprises.

Logcom is a European logistics technology firm that produces Picavi, a pick by vision warehouse picking system that powers smart glasses to identify, scan and track orders for distribution. In a logistics warehouse, a worker often scans and processes thousands of shipments for distribution on any given day, meaning that even the smallest increase in efficiency can make a big difference for workflows over time. Unlike dedicated handheld barcode scanners traditionally used in picking scenarios, Picavi provide hands-free scanning that makes picking safer, less error-prone and more efficient for today’s logistics professionals.

Picavi works by leveraging the built-in camera, Scandit’s software-based barcode scanner and an integrated heads-up display on smart glasses to guide the warehouse picker through the identification and real time check process to ensure a picking process with high pick confidence and density. Making warehouse picking a one look—one pick—operation.

To learn more about Picavi and see Scandit’s mobile barcode scanner in action take a look at the product video below that takes a deeper look at Logcom’s solution.

Interested in leveraging smart glasses or other wearable tech for barcode scanning? Contact a Scandit representative to learn more.

7 Apr, 2015

Customer Spotlight – Shopkick: Customer Loyalty and Rewards with Scandit


When most people think of Scandit they think of enterprise barcode scanning in a warehouse or stockroom. What might be a surprise to some is the prevalence of Scandit’s technology in the consumer mobile app marketplace as well. Scandit is used in dozens of consumer-facing mShopping, price comparison, product lookup and customer loyalty applications. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at shopkick and how they help connect the physical and digital worlds through mobile barcode scanning.

With over 11 million users, shopkick is one of the most popular shopping apps in the world. The shopkick app is designed to reward users with “kicks” in real time for discovering the best products at major retail locations. Their retail partners include Macy’s, Old Navy, Best Buy, JCPenney, Crate & Barrel, Sports Authority and Target; and their brand partners include P&G, Kraft and L’Oreal, among many others.

The way shopkick works is simple, when a shopper enters a store they can interact with products through a quick barcode scan. This gives them “kicks” that serve as reward points and simultaneously provides retailers and brands with valuable information about the products shoppers are interested in. By leveraging smartphone-based barcode scanning in their consumer application, shopkick has provided a way for manufacturers to digitally connect with shoppers as they physically interact with products in store.

By rewarding shoppers for the shopping they already do, shopkick’s brand partners have generated over $1 billion and customers are now able to get rewards from the brands and stores they love.

For more information about shopkick, watch the video below, check out our customer case study or download the app for Android and iOS today.

Interested in developing a customer rewards or loyalty app? We can help. Contact a Scandit representative today.

31 Mar, 2015

Customer Spotlight – BNS Software: Mobile Track & Trace with Scandit


We often associate barcodes with retail, but the truth is that businesses across many industries are benefiting from software-based barcode scanning. Today, we’re discussing what mobile barcode scanning can—and is—doing for the logistics industry with a close look at Grieshaber Logistik AG.

Grieshaber Logstik is a European logistics firm that manages a comprehensive product distribution network for Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany. Scandit recently teamed up with BNS Software to develop a track and trace solution that allows Grieshaber Logistik employees to manage tire pickup, delivery and distribution to retail outlets, all through the use of a smartphone.

On any given day, Grieshaber Logistik processes more than 900 deliveries of Goodyear Dunlop tires to retail stores across Germany.  As you can imagine, this requires the tracking of many moving parts, products, and employees. Thanks to BNS and Scandit, this process is made much easier through a mobile barcode scanning and tracking app that allows warehouse employees and delivery drivers to scan and track tires as they move from distribution centers to the retail store, where they are eventually sold to customers. BNS software’s mobile track and trace application works in collaboration with their online supply chain management tool, OnWeb, which powers Grieshaber Logistik distribution online.

Because Grieshaber Logistik has gone mobile, they benefit from the lowered cost of ownership on mobile devices (over dedicated scanners), increased worker productivity and improved efficiency within their distribution network. With Scandit’s mobile software-based barcode scanner and BNS Track and Trace solutions, Grieshaber employees are able to easily and accurately scan and track products from the warehouse to the sales floor—all via smartphones.  To learn more about Grieshaber Logistik and BNS Software’s solution using Scandit, we encourage you can watch the short video (in German) below, which takes an in-depth look at the software, mobile app and use case.


Interested in developing a track & trace or asset management app? We can help. Contact a Scandit representative today.

23 Mar, 2015

Scandit Brings Next-Generation Mobile Barcode Scanning to Logistics and Transportation Industries at ProMat 2015


Scandit To Demo Mobile App Suite and Offer Sneak Peek of
New Cloud Scan Application at
ProMat 2015, Booth #4455


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — March 23, 2015 — Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, today unveiled a new mobile app suite for the transportation and logistics industries designed to greatly enhance enterprise profitability and operational efficiency. The company also announced that it would offer a first look at its new cloud-configurable barcode scanning solution, which offers powerful new enterprise-grade barcode workflows that can be effortlessly created online.

The new Mobile App Suite for Logistics and Transport consists of mobile app templates and powerful backend services that are ideal for logistics and transportation businesses. Available separately or bundled together, each solution within the Mobile App Suite—Pickup and Delivery; Shipping and Receiving; Asset Management; and Check-In and Boarding—is fully-customizable and cross-platform, allowing businesses to transform smartphones and tablets into enterprise-grade scanning devices without the need to purchase separate standalone barcode scanners. Scandit’s comprehensive selection of customizable mobile app templates speeds time-to-market and reduces costs for companies looking to bring mobile efficiencies to existing operations by eliminating the need to develop purpose-built apps and backend services.

“Transportation and logistics businesses power the flow of goods and services for millions of businesses and consumers every day around the world. The new Mobile App Suite for Logistics and Transport helps these businesses lower costs, increase efficiencies, and boost worker productivity by enabling them to use existing mobile devices in new and powerful ways,” said Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit. “By turning a standard smartphone or tablet into an enterprise-grade scanning device, logistics and transportation companies benefit from greater control and visibility into their operations while empowering employees to manage workflows more effectively, greatly enhancing their competitiveness and profitability.”

Scandit’s mobile app solutions for Logistics and Transport enable companies to:

  • Streamline operations and drastically improve tracking processes — Next-generation barcode scanning technology offers a powerful fully-integrated SDK and customizable app templates that enhance product tracking and delivery and enable a range of new services for gaining visibility into logistics and transportation operations.
  • Reduce upfront and operational costs — Logistics and transportation businesses are able to leverage existing hardware and infrastructure without the need for dedicated devices while empowering employees to use familiar smartphones and tablets.
  • Future-proof operations and user experience with the most flexible platform available —Fully customizable for the perfect user experience across iOS and Android and a wide array of platforms, including smartphones, tablets, and wearables, Mobile App Suite for Logistics and Transport enables businesses to prepare for future operations.

Cloud Scan: The versatile smartphone-based scanning app that eliminates the need for dedicated handheld devices. Scandit’s web-configurable scanning solution (currently in beta) enables businesses to replace dedicated handheld barcode scanners with consumer-grade smartphones for a variety of barcode-based workflows. With no need to develop apps or integrate SDKs, Cloud Scan makes it easy to configure your application online and replicate the scanning experience of conventional scanners.

Join Scandit at ProMat Booth #4455 to experience the new Mobile App Suite for Logistics and Transport and get a sneak peek of “Cloud Scan”.
Scandit invites attendees at the ProMat 2015 (March 23 – 26 at McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois) to visit booth #4455 for a hands-on experience of the Mobile App Suite for Logistics and Transport as well its new cloud-configurable scanning app.

About Scandit
Scandit delivers high performance mobile solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearables, designed to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency for today’s forward-looking enterprises. Scandit solutions are built on its patented software-based barcode scanner and are used in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and logistics. With more than 15,000 licensees in 80 countries, Scandit processes hundreds of millions of scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world’s most prestigious brands including Ahold, Coop, Homeplus (Tesco), NASA and Saks Fifth Avenue. Founded in 2009 by a group of researchers from MIT, ETH Zurich and IBM Research, today Scandit and its network of global integration and technology partners are pushing the boundaries of mobile AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), delivering groundbreaking identification and data capture applications to customers. For more information visit www.scandit.com.