ScanSource POS and Barcode adds Toughshield rugged smartphones to line card in Europe

ScanSource POS and Barcode, the international value-added distributor of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) and point-of- sale (POS) solutions and services and sales unit of ScanSource, Inc., has enhanced its product portfolio in Europe with the addition of Toughshield, a global provider of rugged smartphone devices, to its line card. ScanSource is the only pan-European distributor of Toughshield's products.

Through this agreement, ScanSource reseller partners have access to Toughshield's growing range of rugged enterprise devices including the R500. Blending consumer and enterprise functionality in one device, the R500 is a rugged smartphone that provides an ideal solution for many vertical markets, including security, field service, public sector, healthcare and transport and logistics. The R500 is available at a competitive price point, ensuring easier cost justification and a reduced sales cycle for resellers.

"We are pleased to provide Toughshield's range to our partners across Europe, as it opens doors for resellers who previously found rugged mobile computing solutions too cost prohibitive to offer their end-user customers," said Maurice van Rijn, managing director, ScanSource POS and Barcode, Europe. "Toughshield's solutions, combined with our value-added services and support, will enable resellers to strengthen their enterprise offering and enhance their customer relationships."

"As a rapidly building business, it was important for Toughshield to align itself with a distributor that has an excellent reputation in the market and the reach to meet our European objectives," said Merrick Edwards, business development director, Toughshield. "Having worked with ScanSource for many years, I have seen first-hand their capabilities, market reach and value add. Their professional approach has always impressed me, so when considering the best option for distribution, ScanSource was our choice."

About Toughshield

Founded in 2010 with headquarters in London, Toughshield is a global provider of smartphone devices, which offer a blend of consumer design and ease of use, combined with enterprise specific functionality and durability. These include the R500 and R500+, ruggedised smartphones that offer dedicated push to talk and lone worker panic buttons, dual SIM and Near Field Communication. Designed for the elements, the R500 and R500+ are IP67 and MIL-STD-810 rated against dust and water ingress and come with Gorilla Glass. Their rugged build and dedicated safety features make them ideal for enterprise customers with mobile workers in a range of sectors including security, transport and logistics, local authority and healthcare. The company continues to develop new smartphones to meet the specific needs of mobile workers in a variety of sectors. The Toughshield team is ideally placed to address this market having broad experience of both the rugged enterprise mobility and consumer smartphone markets.

About ScanSource, Inc.

ScanSource, Inc. is an international distributor of specialty technology products, focusing on point-of-sale (POS) and barcode, communications and physical security solutions. ScanSource's teams provide value-added services and operate from two technology segments, Worldwide Barcode & Security and Worldwide Communications & Services. ScanSource is committed to helping its reseller customers choose, configure, and deliver the industry's best products across almost every vertical market in North America, Latin America and Europe. Founded in 1992, the Company ranks #711 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit


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