Launch of SATO Global Solutions Accelerates Auto-ID Industry in North America

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- North America's expanding Automatic Identification (Auto-ID) industry picked up more momentum today with the grand opening celebration of SATO Global Solutions (SGS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based SATO Holdings Corporation (TSE:6287).

Inventory and warehouse management solutions are part of a materials handling display in the showroom of SATO Global Solutions, highlighting a variety of applications that focus on supply-chain efficiency.

Healthcare applications are prominently displayed in the showroom at SATO Global Solutions new North American headquarters. Medical equipment and supplies are tagged and tracked, including simulated blood bags which are instantly analyzed when they are passed through a tunnel reader.

Auto-ID tags on apparel can be tracked as customers move them throughout SATO Global Solutions' retail store showroom. The showroom also features a touch-screen application that displays detailed product information for items carried into the fitting room.

Photos accompanying this release are available at:



As the leader in Japan's Auto-ID industry with operations in Europe, Asia and the Americas, SATO is a worldwide powerhouse in Auto-ID solutions. The company has a 75-year history that includes the development of the world's first thermal barcode printer in 1981.

SATO is making a significant investment in its new U.S. subsidiary in order to accelerate the company's North American growth and to develop an agile business model for the effective delivery of integrated Auto-ID solutions around the world. SGS will lead SATO's delivery of Auto-ID solutions, matching SATO's strong legacy of engineering and manufacturing with a new focus on the development of cloud-based software and integrated solutions.

"In light of the fast growth of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and increasing usage of data analytics, the software development and integration capabilities of SATO Global Solutions will add to our expertise in filling in that essential 'last inch,' connecting the virtual and physical, and enhancing the value we deliver to our customers," said Kaz Matsuyama, President and CEO of SATO Holdings Corporation. "It was natural for us to choose the United States as the headquarters of SGS, given access to the most advanced technologies, a strong appetite for innovation and the relative ease of serving global customers. By increasing our footprint and by being in closer proximity to our customers, I am confident that we can leverage SATO's Genbaryoku, our unique hands on approach to problem solving, to deliver integrated solutions in North America and beyond."

The cloud-based solutions offered by SGS will enable it to quickly and efficiently expand to new geographic areas and additional vertical markets. As more companies embrace the technologies to track their assets, products and people, Auto-ID solutions are reaching areas where they were not even considered a few years ago, thereby bringing marketing and business operations to the next level.

Michael Beedles, Head of North America for the SATO Group and President of SGS, said, "SGS will inherit SATO's customer-centric approach and emphasis on the delivery of optimal solutions for them. We are excited to pioneer new services for our customers, integrating not only software, hardware and consumables, but also material handling and cyber security."

To capitalize on the use of Auto-ID solutions in emerging industries, SGS' new North American headquarters includes an innovative sales showroom that highlights a variety of customer-based solutions in vertical markets as diverse as food and beverage, retail and healthcare.

About SATO

SATO (TSE:6287) is a leading global provider of Auto-ID solutions that connect people, goods and information. It serves a diverse range of customers, delivering end-to-end solutions that streamline operations, empower workforces and help customers reduce their environmental impact. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, it reported revenues of JPY 99,831 million (US$ 910 million*). More information about SATO can be found at www.satoworldwide.com or www.linkedin.com/company/sato-worldwide.

*Conversion is based on an average exchange rate of 1 US Dollar = 109.75 Japanese Yen.

About SATO Global Solutions (SGS)

SATO Global Solutions (SGS), headquartered in Florida, is a wholly owned subsidiary of SATO Holdings (TSE: 6287), a global leader in Auto-ID solutions. With software development and system integration as a core competence, SGS leads the Group's effort to accelerate its global delivery of integrated Auto-ID solutions leveraging state-of-the-art technologies. Backed by SATO's vast knowledge of the industry and customer centric philosophy, SGS will offer optimal solutions for clients integrating everything from hardware, consumable to cyber security and materials handling.

CONTACT: For Media Inquiries: Yasuko Fumuro Director of Global Communications Sato Global Solutions Yasuko.fumuro@sato-global.com Tel: 1-954-203-1713Source: Sato Global Solutions