Based in Everett, Washington, Intermec Technologies Corporation is a leading global supplier of supply chain information products, services, and systems. While the company is recognized for developing the world's most widely used bar code symbology, its offerings have evolved to include the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that is quickly transforming the world of commerce and logistics. Intermec develops, manufactures, and integrates technology for RFID, mobile computing systems, and both wired and wireless automated data collection (ADC). The company markets a vast array of data capture devices including imagers, laser scanners and wedges, charge coupled devices, wands, scanners, and personal scanning devices.
It also offers bar code printers, media and label supplies, as well as local area data management systems that are sold in handheld, vehicle-mounted, and stationary computer terminal form. A division of industrial technologies company UNOVA Inc., Intermec employs more than 2,700 people at six major development and manufacturing facilities. These include the company's world headquarters in Everett, Washington, as well as domestic locations in Cincinnati, Las Vegas, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. International sites include Gothenburg, Sweden, and Toulouse, France. Intermec's customer base spans several market sectors—government, healthcare, logistics, retail, manufacturing, and field service—and includes thousands of organizations throughout the world, including 60 percent of Fortune 100 companies and 75 percent of the Fortune 500.
While Intermec's customers apply its technologies in different ways, they do so for common reasons. As company literature explained: "Supply chain information systems allow companies to compile previously unheard of amounts of information from one end of an enterprise to the other. That's information companies can use to reduce inventory, cut labor costs, speed manufacturing and improve profitability."