Report: POS Market to Approach $6 Billion This YearBy Evan Schuman | Print
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News: The Point-of-Sale channel is facing a market set to grow another eight percent in 2007, almost double the traditional rate, but still a healthy drop from the double-digit growth of recent years.A report from the IHL Consulting Group found that there has been an 8 percent increase in the size of the point-of-sale market, which isn't bad for a market that traditionally increased by about 4 percent. Still, it's a healthy drop from the double-digit growth of recent years.
The North American POS market report released March 6 said the largest boosts are coming from new store shipments for specialty retailers, particularly for clothing, home improvement and car aftermarkets. Substantial POS device purchases by Kroger and Wal-Mart were specifically cited as helping to drive the numbers.
IHL also found that many retailers are looking to cut costs and/or take advantage of new services so they are buying new POS units with touch-screen LCDs (which lower power costs).
"Retailers continue to see the POS as more than just a method for accurately recording sales," Buzek said. "Added functionality at the POS, whether in the form of capabilities like customer returns, inventory look-up, or work force management, helps retailers see POS as the central system in the store, and they are willing to invest in it accordingly."
Buzek also found interesting sharp increases in two Microsoft POS offerings: Windows XP Embedded, which saw shipments increase 242 percent, IHL said, and Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS), which saw shipments climb by 80 percent.
That is interesting, Buzek said, because it's so strongly influenced by Microsoft license price, which charges $10 more for WEPOS. "That's why XP Embedded is doing better, even though WEPOS is more flexible," Buzek said.
Retail Center Editor Evan Schuman can be reached at Evan_Schuman@ziffdavis.com.
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