An interesting and telling week for the barcode scanning industry. What does this say about the companies in it?
Metrologic is going private and now Symbol is selling itself .
My first thoughts are that Symbol realizes that the RFID industry will eclipse barcodes, and that Motorola makes a mobile device that can read them.
Symbol Technologies Inc. , a maker of bar code and inventory scanning technology, is auctioning itself, and mobile phone company Motorola Inc. is the most likely buyer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
Symbol, based in Holtsville, New York, makes bar code scanners such as those found in supermarkets. It also makes radio-frequency identification tags that store information in tiny microchips and can be scanned to track inventory