The retail market offers both rechargeable battery- and replaceable battery-powered cordless barcode scanners. The application for which the scanner is used determines the necessary features and form factor of the scanner.
Specific industries have different needs with respect to barcode scanners. Hand-held scanners are typically used in a retail, grocery, warehouse or manufacturing environment. In-counter scanners are used almost exclusively in the grocery industry. Mobile-computer scanners are used in field services, manufacturing, warehousing, education and logistics businesses. All scanners, regardless of form factor or the industry in which they are used, interface with computer software to retrieve or store the information scanned.