Microsoft Windows is Top Retail POS Terminal

According to a new study by IHL Group, POS Terminals running Microsoft® Windows® operating systems drove $3.8 billion of the $5.56 Billion North American Retail POS Terminal Market in 2007. IBM 4690 terminals generated $1.02 billion and Linux-based machines $475 million, with DOS and other operating systems being installed on the remainder of units. These figures take into consideration the 2007 current shipments and maintenance on existing terminals installed in the U.S. and Canada.

Overall shipments increased 5% in 2006, with Specialty Stores, Quick Service/Fast Food Restaurants and Supercenters providing the greatest growth and Department Stores showing the only negative growth for the year. Other segments, such as Grocery, saw shipments typically including touch-screen, liquid-crystal-display (LCD) interfaces that replaced aging hardware. These trends are expected to continue for 2008, according to the 2008 North American Retail POS Terminal Study, which is available immediately from IHL.

According to the study, retailers in all vertical segments are seeing a larger impact due to the challenges of PCI compliance, and recent security breaches weigh heavily on their POS purchase decision-making process. Retailers want POS systems that are PCI compliant and offer a platform for growth for new applications.

IHL Group Findings

  • The installed base of WEPOS® and Windows XP Embedded terminals increased over 400,000 units in the US and Canada in 2007.
  • The installed base of Linux terminals increased over 32 percent year to year.
  • In 2008 peripherals such as POS printers, LCD displays and updated scanners should continue to see strong growth, while sales of the core POS unit should slow due to normal purchasing cycles.

More info: IHL Group