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Short description: Automatic data capture company
Datalogic S.p.A.
TypeHolding (joint-stock company)
Founded1972; 50 years ago (1972)
FounderRomano Volta
Lippo di Calderara di Reno
ProductsBar code readers and products for industrial automation
RevenueIncrease 600.5 Million (FY 2021)
Number of employees
2900 (FY 2021)

Datalogic S.p.A. is an Italian company working in the automatic data capture and process automation markets.[1] The group specializes in the design and production of barcode readers, mobile computers, radio-frequency identification, sensors for detection, measurement and safety, vision and laser marking systems. Datalogic products are used in many supermarkets and points of sale, at airports,[2] at shipping and postal services, and in factories[3] and hospitals worldwide.[4][5][6]

In 2021 the company recorded sales of €600.5 million:[7] Datalogic S.p.A. is listed on the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange as DAL.MI. since 2001.[8]


Datalogic was founded in 1972 by Eng. Romano Volta in a room in the rectory of the Parish in Quarto Inferiore, on the outskirts of Bologna, in Italy.[9] Initially, production was centred on electronic devices, but soon the direction changed towards the design and production of photoelectric sensors for textile, ceramic and packaging industries. Due to the need for expansion, the plant was soon moved to the current site of Lippo di Calderara di Reno (BO).[10][11]

The first scan of a barcode in a retail store took place on June 26, 1974. A pack of chewing gum was scanned in a store in Troy, Ohio with a "Magellan Model-A": the world's first fixed retail scanner was signed by Datalogic. Today, only two copies of the original scanner are still known to exist: one kept at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. and the other is currently exhibited in the museum at the entrance to one of the Datalogic business locations in Eugene, Oregon.[12][13][14]

In 1984 a Datalogic barcode reader was used at an airport in Milan Linate to sort baggage, the first use of a barcode reader for this purpose[15] The first RFID application in the world with use in a post office dates back to 1999, while in 2000 the Shopevolution middleware was born, the first self-shopping solution involving the use of a small handheld computer with integrated barcode reader.[16][17][18]

On June 8, 2009, Romano Volta receives the "Premio Imprese per l’Innovazione” (Business Prize for Innovation) from the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano for the company's growth both in Italy and globally resulting from investing in innovative technologies and methods.[19]

Chairman and CEO

On 1 January 2017, Valentina Volta became the CEO of Datalogic. Volta has a graduate degree in Business Economics from the University of Bologna with a master's degree in Management from the Harvard Business School of Boston (United States ). Before her entry into Datalogic, Dr. Volta worked for over 10 years in the Ferrero Group, with managerial roles in sales and marketing.[20]

Eng. Romano Volta, founder of the company, holds the office of Executive President. In 1997, Romano Volta received the Cavaliere del Lavoro (awarded by the President of the Italian Republic). Eng. Volta is President of Aczon S.r.l. (pharmaceutical research and biotechnology) and Hydra S.p.A.[20]


Over the years, Datalogic has acquired many subsidiary companies. These include: PSC Inc. in 2005;[21] Datasensors in 2008;[22] Evolution Robotics Retail in 2010;[23] PPT Vision in 2011;[24] Accu-Sort Systems in 2012;[25] M.D. Micro Detectors in 2021;[26] and Pekat Vision in 2022.[27]


  1. "Global Retail Automation Market Will Reach USD 21 Billion By 2024: Zion Market Research" (Press release). Zion Market Research. 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2018-12-31 – via Globenewswire (West Digital Communications). Key players in the global retail automation market include ZIH Corp., Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions, Inc., Pricer, Outerwall Inc., NCR Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., Fujitsu Limited, First Data Corporation, Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated, and Datalogic S.P.A.
  2. "Automatic Identification Systems for Baggage Handling - Datalogic" (in en-GB). RBS Global Media Limited. 
  3. "Research and Markets - Global Barcode Scanner Market 2017-2021 with Honeywell International, Zebra Technologies & Datalogic Dominating" (Press release). Research and Markets. June 5, 2017. Retrieved 2018-12-31 – via PRNewswire.
  4. "Datalogic - Ultime notizie su Datalogic" (in it-IT). Il Sole 24 Ore (Milan, Italy). January 13, 2017. 
  5. "Automation | Fabbriche Intelligenti | Smart Factories". Milan, Italy: Open Factory Edizioni s.r.l.. January 6, 2018. 
  6. "Datalogic, parla italiano un codice a barre su tre" (in it). AGI. March 11, 2016. 
  7. "Datalogic". Borsa Italiana. 
  8. "Azioni Datalogic - Quotazioni DAL e Titoli borsa | Il Sole 24 Ore". Il Sole 24 ORE.!DAL.MI&refresh_ce. 
  9. Meregalli, Severino; Salviotti, Gianluca (2011-12-05). EGEA spa. ed (in it). Sistemi ERP e gestione della complessit: Casi di aziende italiane in crescita. ISBN 9788823811973. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  10. MarketScreener. "DATALOGIC SpA : The bar code celebrates 40 years of success, largely thanks to Datalogic, the Italian company that created the first bar code reader for supermarkets | MarketScreener". 
  11. "I gemelli siamesi dell'Emilia Romagna" (in it). Il Sole 24 ORE. 
  12. HistoryPod (2017-06-25). "26th June 1974: World's first barcode scanned on a pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum". 
  13. "Datalogic: quarant'anni di autentica esperienza". 
  14. "Special | SCAN: The DATA CAPTURE Report - Reprint". 
  15. "I primi 40 anni del codice a barre portano la firma Datalogic". Il Sole 24 ORE. 
  16. "Datalogic innovazione tecnologica da 700% di ritorno in 7 anni | Trading | Finanza & more" (in it-IT). 
  17. FrancoAngeli, ed (2012) (in it). Top employers Italia 2012. ISBN 9788856845396. Retrieved 2018-09-13. 
  18. Datalogic (2014-10-09). "Shopevolution Middleware Simplifies Self-Shopping". 
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Hydra S.p.A. - CdA". 
  21. "Datalogic compra Informatics | 01net" (in it-IT). 01net. 2005-03-08. 
  22. "Datalogic acquires Datasensor". 
  23. "Datalogic Acquires Evolution Robotics Retail" (in en). RIS News. 
  24. "Datalogic to acquire PPT Vision". 
  25. "Datalogic to acquire Accu-Sort Systems" (in en-gb). Manufacturing AUTOMATION. 
  26. "Datalogic S.r.l.: acquisition of M.D. Micro Detectors S.p.A.". 
  27. "Datalogic acquires Pekat Vision". 

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