Global Portable Printer Market by Technology (Thermal, Inkjet and Impact), Output Type (Barcode, Labels & ticketing, Receipts, Documents), End Use Industry (Retail, Transportation & Logistics, Hospitality, Manufacturing and others) and Geography – Global Trends and Forecast to 2025

Portable Printer Market: Enhancing Productivity through Mobile Printing

Widespread adoption of internet enabled mobile devices that include smartphones, tablets, and laptops across iOS, Android, Windows platforms has led to significant paradigm shift in the productivity of the professional workers from enclosed business places to remotely cater to the daily business requirements. Furthermore, despite the proliferation of digitalization, enterprises are expected to continue to rely on printing for their business activities. Requirement to cater to the mobile workforce requirements in conjunction with extension of communication support with these mobile devices will continue to propel the portable printer market growth over the forecast period.

According to survey conducted by Quorcia, around 70% of the organizations have witnessed at least one incidence of data breach owing to the mobile printing. Owing to the printing capability of these technologies from mobile locations, through any form of wired or wireless communication, mobile printing is faced with considerable threats from confidential information left in output trays of the printers. However, portable printers can be used to avoid these incidences, and the required document can be produced as per the requirements, regardless of the users’ location. This feature is expected to remain among the prominent growth driver of the industry.

The global portable printer market was valued at US$ 464.7 million in 2016 and is expected to witness a CAGR at 7.7% during the forecast period (2017 – 2025).

Figure 1. Global Portable Printer Market, Key Industry Trends

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Source: Coherent Market Insights Analysis (2017)

Proliferation of online businesses such as e-commerce and third-party logistics services to fuel portable printer market growth through the forecast period

Online businesses that specifically include e-commerce, online food delivery services, grocery delivery services, and logistics have gained significant traction over the last couple of years, specifically in the emerging nations in Asia Pacific, and Latin America. These countries include Brazil, Mexico, China, South Korea, India, and AEAN countries. Along with the e-receipts, these businesses are faced with the requirement of on-demand barcode, receipts and label printing to cater the consumer requirements, which is expected to continue over the next few years and aid the portable printer market growth.

Considerable efforts to reduce the costs and provide competitive products will present strong growth prospects for the industry

Participants are making considerable investments in R&D to improve product capabilities such as precision, quality of print, speed, lesser cost of ownership, and enhance production capabilities. For instance, in October 2016, Epson initiated the construction of another inkjet print head factory to enhance its production capacity, which was estimated to roughly triple Epson's current capacity of print head production. The company had also introduced its plans for investing around US$ 164 billion to set up a new factory for enhancement of its production capacities and R&D activities. Thus, increasing requirement to provide novel consumer products and introduce next generation technology features will positively impact the consumer inclination and drive the portable printer market growth

Global portable printer market is highly fragmented, owing to presence of extensive number of players from the Asia Pacific

Chief industry participants include number of players from Asian origin, such as Bixolon, Seiko Epson, and Brother Industries among others. Moreover, participation of number of small players from these regions in the international businesses, such as Woosim Systems, Printek, and Able Systems have led to significant reduction in the profit margins. Established players are under extreme pressure to differentiate their offerings to maintain their industry foothold. This is expected to drive the development of products with enhanced battery life, improved device management, payment capture, and seamless wireless connectivity to garner high consumer inclination. Moreover, establishing strong regional presence and strong distributor network to offer better consumer support, will be among the chief industry strategies for better future prospects.

Portable printer finds significant application in empowering the mobile workforce to create printed documents, receipts, and invoices. This helps in enhancing the employee productivity while on the move, specifically in retail, transportation & logistics, and hospitality sectors. Moreover, portable printers help avoid security breach in enterprises, owing to which they experience significant demand from various end-use industries. The aforementioned factors are expected to propel the portable printer market growth over the forecast period.

Market Dynamics

Increasing popularity of on-the-go printing and rapidly expanding mobile workforce are among the chief factors driving the portable printer market growth. Moreover, increasing popularity and requirement of mobile workforce to enhance the business productivity, streamline workflows, reduce downtimes at the selling point, and provide better consumer experience through their field services will present significant growth opportunities over the forecast period. For instance, retail industry, logistics, and other such business segments experience critical requirement for these printing devices as most jobs require on the spot transactions, receipt generation, tokens, shipment tracking, and shelf edge labelling for efficient inventory management. Thermal printing is an inkless means of producing hard copies. These are featured with optimum printing speeds, low print & maintenance costs, and are available in multiple compact models. Owing to the above mentioned advantages, it is expected to remain the largest technology segment.

Market Taxonomy

This report segments the global portable printer market on the basis of technology, output type, and end-use industry. On the basis of technology, the global portable printer market is classified into thermal, inkjet, and impact printer. Output type of portable printer include barcode, labels & ticketing, receipts, and documents & others. Portable printer market end-use industry segment includes retail, transportation & logistics, hospitality, manufacturing, and others.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides an in-depth analysis of portable printer market and provides market size (US$ Million) and Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR %) for the forecast period (2017 – 2025), considering 2016 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunity across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrix for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, regional outlook, and competitive strategy adopted by the leading players
  • It profiles leading players in the global portable printer market based on the following parameters – company overview, financial performance, product portfolio, geographical presence, distribution strategies, key developments and strategies, and future plans
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study include Bixolon, Brother International Corporation, Canon Inc., Fujitsu Isotec Limited, Honeywell International Inc., Oki Printing Solutions, Seiko Epson Corporation, Star Micronics Co., Ltd., Toshiba Tec Corporation, and Zebra Technologies Corporation.
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and the management authorities of the companies to make informed decision regarding their future product launch, technology up-gradation, market expansion and marketing tactics
  • The global portable printer market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, 3D printing device manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision making through the various strategy matrices used in analyzing the portable printer market

Detailed Segmentation:

  • Global Portable Printer Market, By Technology:
    • Thermal Printer
    • Inkjet Printer
    • Impact Printer
  • Global Portable Printer Market, By Output Type:
    • Barcode, Labels and Ticketing
    • Receipts
    • Documents & Others
  • Global Portable Printer Market, By End User Industry:
    • Retail
    • Transportation & Logistics
    • Hospitality
    • Manufacturing
    • Others
  • Global Portable Printer Market, By Geography:
    • North America
      • By Technology:
        • Thermal Printer
        • Inkjet Printer
        • Impact Printer
      • By Output Type:
        • Barcode, Labels and Ticketing
        • Receipts
        • Documents & Others
      • By End User Industry:
        • Retail
        • Transportation & Logistics
        • Hospitality
        • Manufacturing
        • Others
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Europe
      • By Technology:
        • Thermal Printer
        • Inkjet Printer
        • Impact Printer
      • By Output Type:
        • Barcode, Labels and Ticketing
        • Receipts
        • Documents & Others
      • By End User Industry:
        • Retail
        • Transportation & Logistics
        • Hospitality
        • Manufacturing
        • Others
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • France
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • By Technology:
        • Thermal Printer
        • Inkjet Printer
        • Impact Printer
      • By Output Type:
        • Barcode, Labels and Ticketing
        • Receipts
        • Documents & Others
      • By End User Industry:
        • Retail
        • Transportation & Logistics
        • Hospitality
        • Manufacturing
        • Others
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
      • By Technology:
        • Thermal Printer
        • Inkjet Printer
        • Impact Printer
      • By Output Type:
        • Barcode, Labels and Ticketing
        • Receipts
        • Documents & Others
      • By End User Industry:
        • Retail
        • Transportation & Logistics
        • Hospitality
        • Manufacturing
        • Others
      • Brazil
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Middle East
      • By Technology:
        • Thermal Printer
        • Inkjet Printer
        • Impact Printer
      • By Output Type:
        • Barcode, Labels and Ticketing
        • Receipts
        • Documents & Others
      • By End User Industry:
        • Retail
        • Transportation & Logistics
        • Hospitality
        • Manufacturing
        • Others
      • GCC
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East
    • Africa
      • By Technology:
        • Thermal Printer
        • Inkjet Printer
        • Impact Printer
      • By Output Type:
        • Barcode, Labels and Ticketing
        • Receipts
        • Documents & Others
      • By End User Industry:
        • Retail
        • Transportation & Logistics
        • Hospitality
        • Manufacturing
        • Others
      • Central Africa
      • South Africa
      • North Africa
  • Company Profiles
    • Bixolon*
      • Company Overview
      • Product Portfolio
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Strategies
      • Recent Developments
      • Future Plans
    • Brother International Corporation
    • Canon Inc.
    • Fujitsu Isotec Limited
    • Honeywell International Inc.
    • Oki Printing Solutions
    • Seiko Epson Corporation
    • Star Micronics Co., Ltd.
    • Toshiba Tec Corporation
    • Zebra Technologies Corporation

“*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective section.

Table of Contents

  1. Research Objective and assumption
    • Research Objectives
    • Assumptions
    • Abbreviations
  2. Market Purview
    • Report Description
      • Market Definition and Scope
    • Executive Summary
      • Market Snippet By Technology
      • Market Snippet By Output Type
      • Market Snippet By End User Industry
      • Market Snippet By Region
    • Coherent Opportunity Map (COM)
  3. Market Dynamics, Regulations, and Trends Analysis
    • Market Dynamics
      • Drivers
        • Supply Side Drivers
        • Demand Side Drivers
        • Economic Drivers
      • Restraints
      • Market Opportunities
      • Regulatory Scenario
      • Industry Trend
      • Epidemiology/Prevalence/Incidence
      • Merger and Acquisitions
      • New Product Approvals/Launch
      • Promotion and Marketing Initiatives
    • Cost Tier Down Analysis
  4. Global Portable Printer Market, By Technology, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2015 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-O-Y Growth Analysis, 2015 - 2025
      • Segment Trends
    • Thermal Printer
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
    • Inkjet Printer
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
    • Impact Printer
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
  5. Global Portable Printer Market, By Output Type, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2015 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-O-Y Growth Analysis, 2015 - 2025
      • Segment Trends
    • Barcode, Labels & ticketing
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
    • Receipts
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
    • Documents & Others
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
  6. Global Portable Printer Market, By End Use Industry, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2015 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-O-Y Growth Analysis, 2015 - 2025
      • Segment Trends
    • Retail
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
    • Transportation & Logistics
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
    • Hospitality
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
    • Manufacturing
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
    • Others
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-O-Y Growth, 2015 - 2025, (USD Million)
  7. Global Portable Printer Market, By Regions, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, By Region, 2015 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-O-Y Growth Analysis, For Regions, 2015 - 2025
    • North America
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2015 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-O-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2015 - 2025
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Technology, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Output Type, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End Use Industry, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
        • U.S.
        • Canada
    • Europe
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2015 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-O-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2015 - 2025
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Technology, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Output Type, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End Use Industry, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
        • Germany
        • U.K.
        • France
        • Italy
        • Spain
        • Russia
        • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2015 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-O-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2015 - 2025
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Technology, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Output Type, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End Use Industry, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
        • China
        • India
        • Japan
        • Australia
        • South Korea
        • ASEAN
        • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2015 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-O-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2015 - 2025
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Technology, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Output Type, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End Use Industry, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
        • Brazil
        • Mexico
        • Rest of Latin America
    • Africa
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2015 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-O-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2015 - 2025
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Technology, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Output Type, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End Use Industry, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
        • South Africa
        • Central Africa
        • Northern Africa
    • Middle East
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2015 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-O-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2015 - 2025
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Technology, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Output Type, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End Use Industry, 2015 - 2025 (USD Million)
        • GCC Countries
        • Israel
  8. Competitive Landscape
    • Heat Map Analysis
    • Market Share Analysis (3x3 Matrix)
    • Company Profiles
      • Bixolon
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Brother International Corporation
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Canon Inc.
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Fujitsu Isotec Limited
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Honeywell International Inc.
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Oki Printing Solutions
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Seiko Epson Corporation
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Star Micronics Co., Ltd.
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Toshiba Tec Corporation
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Zebra Technologies Corporation
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
    • Analyst Views
  9. Section
    • References
    • Research Methodology
    • About us and Sales Contact

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