Latin America POS Terminal Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Latin America POS Terminal Market is segmented by Component (Hardware, Software, Services), Type (Fixed Point-of-Sale System, Mobile/Portable Point-of-Sale System), and Country

Market Snapshot

Latin America POS Terminal Market
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 6.2 %

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Market Overview

The Latin America POS Terminal Market is expected to register a CAGR of 6.2 % during the forecast period (2022-2027). The pandemic has led to an increase in the adoption of digital payments which is creating opportunities for contactless terminals in the region. According to a December 2020 survey by Mexican Central Bank, 93% of the target population (representing 66.9 million Mexicans) used cash in transactions before the Covid-19 pandemic. However, after the pandemic, 86% (equivalent to 61.9 million Mexicans) reported using less cash in payments.

  • The POS terminal market has grown significantly over the past few years, owing to its ability to offer an increased return on investment and ease of access. POS systems that facilitate transactions from the central component of businesses across industries, like retail, hospitality, transportation, and banking, have gained importance in companies of small and big sizes, over the years.
  • Companies operating in the market are also focusing on supporting the digital payments in Mexico with the launch of new products. In October 2020, Epos Now, a prominent payment technology company, announced the launch of its cloud POS system in Mexico. The POS solution offers Mexican small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) the ability to open new digital revenue streams, connect to a global customer base, and cater to rapidly shifting consumer habits in the current climate.
  • POS terminal systems have evolved from being transaction-oriented terminals/devices to systems that can integrate with the company’s CRM and other financial solutions. This evolution has empowered the end-users with business intelligence to better manage their revenue streams and inventory. Lower maintenance costs, accurate transactions, and real-time inventory are key advantages of the POS systems. With the functional benefits that the advanced POS systems offer, companies have replaced their traditional billing software with POS systems, thus, securing the growth of the POS system market.
  • One of the major drivers of the market is the low cost of ownership compared to other payments channels. The enhanced POS systems provide higher durability and reliability, which leads to a lower cost of ownership, thus raising the demand for POS solutions in both medium and small-sized businesses compared to the traditional system.
  • One of the challenge to the market's growth is the security concerns due to the usage of critical information. POS terminals are connected to the network and the internet, making them vulnerable to attacks to gain access to and manipulate it like any other insecure machine. The way the terminal communicates with the rest of the network means attackers could access unencrypted card data, including Track2 and PIN information, providing all the necessary information required to steal and clone payment cards.

Scope of the Report

The POS Terminals market captures revenues accumulated from hardware, software, and services that manages the transaction during the sale of a product or a service. It helps to store, capture, share, and report data related to the sales transaction.

It eases the shopping experience and helps to expedite the checkout process, resulting in customer satisfaction. Inventory management, stock in hand, availability of a product, and pricing information are primary data that are acquired from the systems.

The impact of COVID-19 on the market and affected segments is also covered under the scope of the study.

By Type
Fixed Point-of-sale Systems
Mobile/Portable Point-of-sale Systems
By Country

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Key Market Trends

Mobile/Portable Point-of-Sale Terminals Expected to Witness Significant Market Share

  • An mPOS is a smarter alternative to the traditional POS which connects to smartphones via Bluetooth. A mobile point of sale system allows users to accept payments via tablets, smartphones, and other handheld devices without being tied to a POS register in a single location. The transactions can include credit card magstripe reader payments and wireless transactions. It utilizes a mobile phone’s data connection to process transactions.
  • Mobile POS systems are gaining traction as they allow sales and service industries to conduct the transaction at the customer’s location, adding flexibility to the whole process and improving customer experience.
  • The growth in e-commerce and the entangling of the brick-and-mortar and online retail practices are also expected to affect the future growth of the terminals. In fact, with the option of cash on delivery, provided by major e-commerce platforms, a sudden surge in the adoption of mobile POS terminal has been recognized.
  • Data protection is paramount as mPOS devices may not have security protocols as robust as their POS counterparts, especially if you're using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) devices such as Apple or Android smartphones and tablets.
  • Towards the end of the forecast period, the segment is expected to multiply in market presence as vends increase their relevant offerings in response to the increased demand for contactless ease-of-use payment methods. As mPOS solutions are specially designed for tablets instead of desktop computers, the trend of smaller and more portable devices will augment the growth of the market.
Latin America POS Terminal Market

Brazil Expected to Witness Significant Market Share

  • The growth of digital payments is fueling the growth of the market in Brazil. Various financial services organizations are partnering with regional companies to accelerate digital payments using POS terminals.
  • Further, in August 2021, Fiserv, a prominent global provider of financial services technology solutions, announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Caixa Cartoes a subsidiary of Caixa Economia Federal, which enables businesses throughout Brazil to have access to acquiring services through Caixa-branded point-of-sale (POS) terminals.
  • The aim of the partnership is to push digital payments in the Latin America region. The Caixa-branded terminals allow businesses to accept payments via debit or credit card or voucher and proximity payments via card or QR code, such as those made using the Caixa Tem app. Following the first transaction completed using a Caixa terminal in July 2021, the terminals were made available through a pilot at 174 Caixa branches throughout Brazil.
  • Furthermore, according to a 2021 study by Fiserv, Credit cards and Debit cards are preferred payment methods by the Brazilians (28%), followed by PIX (22%), digital wallets (11%), payments by barcode (9%), and cash (6%). The strong dependence on credit and debit cards for payments creates new opportunities for the market in Brazil.
  • However, there have been efforts to replace the POS terminals which is expected to affect the growth of the hardware-based POS terminals in the region. In March 2021, Magiccube, a prominent player in Software Defined Trust (SDT) announced the availability of i-Accept, a complete software-based replacement for acceptance terminals in Brazil.
Latin America POS Terminal Market

Competitive Landscape

The Latin America POS Terminal Market is moderately competitive, with a considerable number of regional and global players. Key players include Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, Ingenico Group, Cisco Systems Inc. among others

  • October 2021 - Hash, a fintech company focused on payment infrastructure raised USD 40 million in a Series C fundraising round that was jointly managed by QED Investors and Kaszek. Hash provides end-to-end payment infrastructure, ranging from point-of-sale (POS) software and mobile applications to dashboards and payments, for non-financial B2B enterprises wishing to offer banking services.
  • August 2021 - As a result of an exclusive agreement between Caixa Cartes, a division of Caixa Economia Federal, and Fiserv, Inc, a provider in payments and financial services technology, businesses across Brazil now have access to purchasing services through Caixa-branded point-of-sale (POS) terminals. All 4,300 Caixa branches have Caixa-branded terminals. Businesses can use the terminals to take payments made with debit, credit, or gift cards and proximity payments made with a card or QR code, such as those made with the Caixa Tem app.

Recent Development

  • December 2021 - Redelcom, a Chilean provider of payment services acquired by the Latin American eCommerce company Mercado Libre. The Mercado Libre intends to strengthen the expansion of its various payment instruments and digital financial solutions in Chile and consolidate its value proposition

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

      5. 4.2.5 Threat of Substitutes

    3. 4.3 Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Assesment of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Low Total Cost of Ownership Compared to Other Channels of Payments

      2. 5.1.2 Significant Rise in the Demand for Contactless and Mobile POS Terminals

    2. 5.2 Market Restrains

      1. 5.2.1 Security Concerns due to the Usage of Critical Information

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

      1. 5.3.1 Increase in Number of Cashlesss Transactions

    4. 5.4 Key Regulations and Complaince Standards of PoS Terminals

    5. 5.5 Commentary on the rising use of contactless payment and its impact on the industry

    6. 5.6 Analysis of Major Case Studies


    1. 6.1 By Type

      1. 6.1.1 Fixed Point-of-sale Systems

      2. 6.1.2 Mobile/Portable Point-of-sale Systems

    2. 6.2 By Country

      1. 6.2.1 Mexico

      2. 6.2.2 Brazil

      3. 6.2.3 Argentina


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 PAX Technology

      2. 7.1.2 BBPOS

      3. 7.1.3 VeriFone System Inc.

      4. 7.1.4 DSpread

      5. 7.1.5 Castles

      6. 7.1.6 YourTransactor

      7. 7.1.7 Ingenico SA

      8. 7.1.8 SZZT

      9. 7.1.9 Spectra

      10. 7.1.10 WizarPOS

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Latin America POS Terminal Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Latin America POS Terminal Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.2% over the next 5 years.

Ingenico Group, NEC Corporation, BBPOS Limited, PAX Technology, VeriFone System Inc. are the major companies operating in Latin America POS Terminal Market.

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