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Mobile point-of-sale (POS) or also referred to as mPOS is a portable point of sale or tablet that works as a register. A mobile POS system is a suitable way for businesses such as home and repair services, food trucks, and market vendors. mPOS uses a credit card to process the payment on the go. Major players in the market are providing additional features such as product detail, inventory management, and payment application with mPOS.

The global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market is estimated to have volume of 200.77 Million Units in 2021 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 46.7% over the forecast period (2021-2028).

Recent Developments:

  • In December 2020, Intuit acquired Credit Karma, the consumer technology platform with more than 110 million members in the US, Canada, and the UK.
  • Key market players are involved in merger and acquisition activities, in order to gain a significant advantage in the market. For instance, in February 2020, Worldline S.A., a French payment service company, acquired Ingenico S.A. for US$ 8.6. Billion.
  • Major market players are involved in product launches, in order to enhance the market presence. For instance, in July 2020, Anderson Zaks launched a card payment app called ‘Red-E-Pay’ for one device mobile POS solution.

Rest of the World (RoW) held dominant position in the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market in 2020, accounting for 78.7% share in terms of volume, followed by China and India, respectively. Supported by the rapid increased in internet and mobile penetration combined with increased banking network.

Figure 1. Global Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market Volume (Mn Units), by Region, 2020

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Global Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market: Drivers                   

Rapid mobile and internet penetration combined with increased banking network is expected to drive growth of the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market during the forecast period

The mobile and internet penetration has increased significantly in the recent past among businesses and consumers. The rapid growth of the internet across the globe as transformed the way commerce and monetary functions take place. According to The Mobile Economy report by GSM Association, by 2014, there were 2.9 billion smartphone users worldwide. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the number of Internet users is projected to reach 3.2 billion by the end of 2015. Furthermore, the number of credit and debit card users are increasing rapidly, owing to increasing number of bank account holders globally. According to data from the World Bank, there was a 20% decline in the size of the unbanked population between 2011 and 2014. Moreover, larger retail chains are focusing on enhancing consumer engagement and offering high levels of convenience to their customers. This, in turn, has increased the demand for mPOS. Thus, these factors are expected to drive growth of the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market during the forecast period.

Replacement demand due to EMV migration is expected to propel the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market growth over the forecast period

Currently, older mPOS systems are being replaced by new mPOS solutions as there is a liability shift toward the adoption of EMV chip and pin after October 2015. These regulations are included, in order to reduce security risks related to card-based payments at POS terminals, namely mPOS. However, transforming to EMV chin and pin-based mPOS would require several years. After October 2015, in case of any card fraud, the party with the less advanced technology will have to bear the liability of fraud. For instance, if a merchant continues to use technology other than EMV chip and pin, they would be held accountable for any fraudulent transactions if the consumer was using a chip and pin card. Hence, these factors are expected to propel the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market growth over the forecast period.

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Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2020 Market Size in 2021: 200.77 Mn Units
Historical Data for: 2017 to 2020 Forecast Period: 2021 to 2028
Forecast Period 2021 to 2028 CAGR: 46.7% 2028 Value Projection: 2,934.05 Mn Units
Geographies covered:
  • Region: China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Rest of the World (RoW)
Segments covered:
  • By Solution Type: Integrated mPOS Solutions, Card Reader Accessories (Dongles, Sleeves)
  • By Technology: Hybrid Technology Solutions, EMV Chip and Pin, Magnetic-Stripe, Chip and Sign, NFC, Biometrics
  • By End-use: Restaurant, Hospitality, Healthcare, Retail, Warehouse/Distribution, Entertainment, Transportation (Public Transit, Others), Government, Consumer Utility Services
Companies covered:

Ingenico S.A., PayPal Holdings, Inc., PAX Technology Ltd, iZettle AB, Oracle Corporation, First Data Corporation, Worldline S.A., VeriFone Systems, Inc., Intuit, Inc., Anderson Zaks, Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P., and Toshiba Corporation

Growth Drivers:
  • Rapid mobile and internet penetration combined with increased banking network
  • Replacement demand due to EMV migration
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Concerns regarding data breaches
  • Technical challenges associated with mPOS

Global Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market: Opportunities

mPOS value-added service (VAS) can present lucrative growth opportunities in the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market

mPOS has witnessed significant growth in the recent past. For instance, in June 2012, the U.S.-based company LevelUp started offering 0% payment processing fees in exchange for obligatory marketing services. Furthermore, competition among mPOS vendors is expected to be high in the near future, owing to increasing number of players in the mPOS market. mPOS vendors would need to offer customized mPOS solutions catering to the needs of specific end-use verticals. VAS offers enhanced customer interaction with inclusion of loyalty and reward programs, gift cards, vouchers, mobile discounts, and cash-back promotions.

Convergence of consumer mobile commerce and merchant card acceptance ecosystem can provide key business opportunities global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market

Converging consumer mobile commerce such as mobile wallets and card acceptance systems of merchants such as mPOS can provide key opportunities. mPOS service providers are increasingly emphasizing on consumer-facing applications to enhance customer experience and engagement. Meanwhile, revenues from cards are diminishing for card providers due to regulatory pressures and through challenges from non-card payment methods.

Market Trends:

Growing focus on merchant-related services

A key trend observed in the mPOS market is the increasing focus of solution providers on merchant-related services. In August 2015, iZettle AB launched iZettle Advance, a lending platform to help small merchants and SMBs using iZettle mPOS to access capital as an advance on future card-based sales. Players are increasingly laying emphasis on creating platforms that serve the whole mPOS ecosystem and incentivize developers to create new applications to serve customers. Empowering the ecosystem around a solution enables the scaling of operations to opens up means to innovation.

New trend of NFC payments

Apple Pay has become a driving force for mobile payments along with Google Wallet and PayPal. Apple, Inc. has been launching Apple Pay across different countries since its initial release. It is anticipated the company would be launching Apple Pay in China during 2015 and the company established a new subsidiary Apple Technology Service (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. for the same. Emerging economies such as China and India have gained significant traction for NFC payments during recent years. Companies in China are aggressively promoting NFC technology. For instance, by 2014, China Mobile equipped all its smartphones with NFC capability.

Figure 2. Global Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market Share, By Solution Type, 2020

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Key Takeaways of the Graph:

  • Among Solution Type, the Card Reader Accessories held dominant position in the market and accounted for 66.3% share in the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market in 2020. The segment is expected to reach 1,455.47 million units in 2028 owing to the increase in number of credit and debit card users and increasing number of bank account holders globally.
  • Among Technology, the Hybrid Technology Solutions held dominant position in the market and accounted for 35.3% share in the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market in 2020. The segment is expected to reach 1,036.19 million units in 2028. Supported by the rising technological development in the field of the payments and transfer is anticipated to be the major reason fostering the growth of the hybrid technology solutions in the global mobile point of sale devices (mPOS) market during the forecast period.

Global Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market: Restraints

Concerns regarding data breaches expected to restrain growth of the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market growth over the forecast period

It is crucial to build customer confidence and overcome the risks related to fraud. Currently, there is a need for enhanced security measures and although the players throughout the ecosystem of mPOS, such as hardware vendors and acquirers, have been adding multiple new security features, it still has not overcome the lack of confidence of consumers in making transactions through mPOS. Furthermore, mPOS handle critical information, which can be exposed to security breaches. Cyber espionage, point-of-sale intrusions, and web application attacks were some of the major security threats in 2013. POS intrusions were also a significant IT threat in 2013, accounting for 14% of total security breaches. Hence, these factors are expected to restrain growth of the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market during the forecast period.

Technical challenges associated with mPOS are expected to hinder the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market growth over the forecast period

There are various operational, technical, and regulatory challenges associated with the adoption of mPOS. Network connectivity remains a major concern with mPOS combined with battery and reliability of services. This problem would especially be persistent in areas far off from major cities. Therefore, these factors are expected to hinder the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market growth in the near future.

Global Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market: Competitive Landscape

Major companies operating in the global mobile-point-of-sale (mPOS) market are Ingenico S.A., PayPal Holdings, Inc., PAX Technology Ltd, iZettle AB, Oracle Corporation, First Data Corporation, Worldline S.A., VeriFone Systems, Inc., Intuit, Inc., Anderson Zaks, Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P., and Toshiba Corporation.

With the integration of the mPOS system into an existing business process, it allows the operation of cash registers, sales counters, check readers, product displays, gift items displays and electronic check readers, all in one place. This increases sales capacity and efficiency, reduces errors and incurs minimal operational costs. By reducing staffing requirements and increasing employee productivity, this is expected to increase overall profits. In the long run, this will prove to be a very cost-effective solution for businesses that want to increase their sales.

Market Dynamics:

Increasing investment in payment smart cards is expected to propel growth of the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market over the forecast period. For instance, in May 2021, Privacy.com announced that it has changed its name to Lithic and raised US$ 43 million in Series B funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners to double down on its card issuing platform and new B2B focus.

Major players in the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market are focused on adopting various marketing strategies to expand their customer base. For instance, in March 2020, Epson announced to present a complete suite of essential and innovative technology solutions at MURTEC, the multi-unit restaurant technology conference.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides in-depth analysis of the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market, and provides market size (Million Units) and compound annual growth rate (CAGR%) for the forecast period (2021–2028), considering 2020 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunities across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrices for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, market trends,  regional outlook, and competitive strategies adopted by key players
  • It profiles key players in the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market based on the following parameters – company highlights, products portfolio, key highlights, financial performance, and strategies
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study include Ingenico S.A., PayPal Holdings, Inc., PAX Technology Ltd, iZettle AB, Oracle Corporation, First Data Corporation, Worldline S.A., VeriFone Systems, Inc., Intuit, Inc., Anderson Zaks, Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P., and Toshiba Corporation
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and the management authorities of the companies to make informed decisions regarding their future product launches, type up-gradation, market expansion, and marketing tactics
  • The global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, product manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through various strategy matrices used in analyzing the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) market

Detailed Segmentation:

  • Global Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market, By Solution Type
    • Integrated mPOS Solutions
    • Card Reader Accessories
      • Dongles
      • Sleeves
    • Global Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market, By Technology
      • Hybrid Technology Solutions
      • EMV Chip and Pin
      • Magnetic-Stripe
      • Chip and Sign
      • NFC
      • Biometrics
    • Global Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market, By End-use
      • Restaurant
      • Hospitality
      • Healthcare
      • Retail
      • Warehouse/Distribution
      • Entertainment
      • Transportation
        • Public Transit
        • Others
      • Government
      • Consumer Utility Services
    • Global Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Market, By Region
      • China
      • India
      • Brazil
      • Mexico
      • Rest of the World (RoW)
  • Company Profiles
    • Ingenico S.A.*
      • Company Overview
      • Product Portfolio
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Strategies
      • Recent Developments
      • Future Plans
    • PayPal Holdings, Inc.
    • PAX Technology Ltd.
    • iZettle AB
    • Oracle Corporation
    • First Data Corporation
    • Worldline S.A.
    • VeriFone Systems, Inc.
    • Intuit, Inc.
    • Anderson Zaks
    • Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P.
    • Toshiba Corporation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Rapid mobile and internet penetration combined with increased banking network and replacement demand due to EMV migration are factors boosting adoption of mPOS.
Concerns regarding data breaches and technical challenges associated with mPOS are factors hindering growth of the market.
The market was valued at 139.15 million units in 2020.
Retail segment in end use held dominant position in the market in 2020.
A key trend observed in the market is the increasing focus of solution providers on merchant-related services. 
Key players operating in the market are Ingenico S.A., PayPal Holdings, Inc., PAX Technology Ltd, iZettle AB, Oracle Corporation, First Data Corporation, Worldline S.A., VeriFone Systems, Inc., Intuit, Inc., Anderson Zaks, Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P., and Toshiba Corporation.

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