The bigger and more significant of the two stories was the possible acquisition of Symbol Technologies, a company that makes bar-code readers, product-tracking devices, and other handheld computers that are used to track shipments and inventory.
The deal is not yet final, and it's possible that Hewlett-Packard
First, although the offer is $15 a share -- 15% more than the company's market value prior to the announcement -- the acquisition would double Motorola's share of the mobile enterprise market.
It's clear to me that management understands there's a huge market in the business world for using cellphones and other handheld devices for a lot more than just making calls and sending email.
Motorola further understands that since Symbol also makes RFID (radio frequency identification) products, the acquisition will help it expand into this emerging market. After all, Symbol's RFID technology will fit quite nicely into the WiMax environment that Motorola is working to develop with Intel
For instance, a few weeks ago I wrote about how Motorola developed a new sensing technology that could be incorporated onto RFID chips, allowing handheld devices to detect even the slightest change in a number of variables. Among other uses, this technology would allow a food distributor to detect whether its product was experiencing a change because of temperature or humidity.
The acquisition, however, has another potential side benefit. Because Symbol also has a strong sales channel, it will allow Motorola to increase its sales into the health-care, retail, and manufacturing sectors.
It's my opinion that if McDonald's
The second story about the new "robotic stores," dubbed "InstantMoto," was equally interesting. While it's unlikely it will be able to match the retail presence that Apple
All in all, the two moves suggest to me that Motorola is aggressively looking to both expand what its products will be capable of doing in the future and simultaneously get its products into more people's hands. And that seems to me to be a recipe for future stock appreciation.
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