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Mobile POS Hardware Vendor Market Share

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Mobile POS Hardware Vendor Market Share
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The move to mobile for associates is the single fastest adopting trend we have seen since the rush to get stores Internet-enabled. This research looks specifically at those mobile devices being used for POS functions. How big is this market? How fast is it growing? Which vendors are winning? What screen format should you write the software for? This research will tell you. This product provides shipments and installed base on a quarterly and annual basis for vendors such as Apple, Zebra, Samsung, HP, Lenovo, Dell, HTC, Motion Computing, NEC and many others for use of mobile devices for POS, an area that is exploding in retail. It includes data on screen size formats and operating platforms. We distinguish between retail hardened devices and consumer grade devices. This is a very data intensive product and can go as deep as shipments by segment by region by operating system or screen size. Or the data can be purchased simply in aggregate by vendor worldwide/region. It includes historical data and projections forward for the next 6 quarters by vendor.

Below in the Product Highlights section we get into the details of the data available. The Preview tab gives you some pictorial examples of the types of data available.

This is very data intensive research and can go as deep as shipments by segment by region by operating system or processor-type. The data can also be purchased simply in aggregate by vendor worldwide or by individual region. Included are historical data back 2 years and projections forward for the next 6 quarters by vendor.

These data are meant to be used in conjunction with the Mobile POS Study which provides the qualitative background of the trends. It is in this study where we discuss trends, barriers to entry, and growth assumptions. The data here is purely quantitative in nature. We are thankful to the vendors who participate in sharing data points to make this as accurate as possible.


Data is available for 4 regions:

  • North America (US and Canada)
  • LATAM (Mexico, Brazil, Latin/South America and Caribbean)
  • Europe/Middle East/Africa (includes Eastern Europe and Russia)
  • Asia/Pacific (includes China and India)

For each segment we provide data for the top 10-20 vendors per the following retail segments:

  • Food/Grocery (Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe's, Wakerfern, Tesco,)
  • Drug Stores (Walgreens, CVS)
  • Superstore/Warehouse Clubs/Hypermarkets (Walmart, BJ's Wholesale, Costco, Auchan)
  • Mass Merchants (Target, Meijer Stores)
  • Department Stores (JC Penney, Sears, Kohls, Kaufaf, Marks and Spencer)
  • Specialty Hard Goods (Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy, Rooms to Go, Canadian Tire)
  • Specialty Soft Goods (H&M, Abercrombie, Zara)
  • Convenience/Gas/Forecourt (Chevron, Exxon,)
  • Fast Food (McDonald's, Subway, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell)
  • Bar/Restaurant (Applebees, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle)
  • Lodging (Marriott, Sheraton, Hilton)
  • Entertainment:Casinos and Cruises (Carnival, Harrah's, Wynn, Caesar's Palace)
  • Entertainment:Museums, Theme Parks, Theaters, Others (Disney, Universal, AMC, Carmike)

For each region, we will provide the following detail either annually or quarterly:

Total Shipments and Installed Base by Device Format - this is a rollup by segment and by vendor and will include the previous year, then forecast for next 6 quarters. Includes shipments and installed base. This will be a very detailed sheet and will include the following Device Sizes:

  • 5"
  • 5-8"
  • 8-10"
  • > 10"
  • Regional OS Shipments/Installed Base by Vendor - This is the same format as Device Format/Size, but instead of the processors we will look at the operating systems by vendor by segment. The following operating systems are addressed.
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows 8/10
  • Windows CE/Mobile/Phone
  • Windows Other
  • Other

Vendors that will be tracked in this research by name are the following:

  • Acer
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Asus
  • Datalogic
  • Dell
  • Fujitsu
  • Google
  • HP
  • HP-Consumer
  • HTC
  • Huawei
  • LG
  • Microsoft/Nokia
  • Motion Computing
  • Motorola/Lenovo
  • NEC
  • Panasonic
  • Samsung
  • Sony/Ericsson
  • ToshibaTEC
  • ToshibaTEC-Consumer
  • ZTE
  • Zebra
  • Others-Retail Hardened
  • Others

Types of devices included will be inclusive of iPhones, iPads, iPods, Kindles, and tablets. We will not name the names of each, but by combining vendor and form factor it will be inclusive of those devices based on screen size.

This data is reviewed for Retail Hardened and Consumer Grade Devices.

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