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2023 Latin/South America Retail POS Terminal Market Study


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Product Overview

Date of PublicationMarch 15, 2023
GeographyLatin America

Table of Contents


Market Segment Definitions
POS Definitions Used
Country Details

1. POS-Related Trends in LATAM Retail

2. Latin America Market Overview

3. Mexico

3.1 Retail Overview
3.2 POS Shipments History and Forecast
3.3 POS Installed Base History and Forecast

4. Brazil

4.1 Retail Overview
4.2 POS Shipments History and Forecast
4.3 POS Installed Base History and Forecast

5. Colombia

5.1 Retail Overview
5.2 POS Shipments History and Forecast
5.3 POS Installed Base History and Forecast

6. Chile

6.1 Retail Overview
6.2 POS Shipments History and Forecast
6.3 POS Installed Base History and Forecast

7. Argentina

7.1 Retail Overview
7.2 POS Shipments History and Forecast
7.3 POS Installed Base History and Forecast

8. Peru

8.1 Retail Overview
8.2 POS Shipments History and Forecast
8.3 POS Installed Base History and Forecast

9. Venezuela

9.1 Retail Overview
9.2 POS Shipments History and Forecast
9.3 POS Installed Base History and Forecast

10. Other Latin America

10.1 Retail Overview
10.2 POS Shipments History and Forecast
10.3 POS Installed Base History and Forecast

11. Summary Tables

11.1 Historical Shipments by Segment
11.2 Historical Installed Base by Segment

12. Forecasts

12.1 Forecast Shipments by Segment from 2022 – 2027
12.2 Forecast Installed Base by Segment from 2022 – 2027

13. References

List of Figures

Figure 1 POS Shipment History and Forecast
Figure 2 POS Installed Base History and Forecast
Figure 3 Mexico POS Shipment History and Forecast
Figure 4 Mexico POS Installed Base History and Forecast
Figure 5 Brazil POS Shipment History and Forecast
Figure 6 Brazil POS Installed Base History and Forecast
Figure 7 Colombia POS Shipment History and Forecast
Figure 8 Colombia POS Installed Base History and Forecast
Figure 9 Chile POS Shipment History and Forecast
Figure 10 Chile POS Installed Base History and Forecast
Figure 11 Argentina POS Shipment History and Forecast
Figure 12 Argentina POS Installed Base History and Forecast
Figure 13 Peru POS Shipment History and Forecast
Figure 14 Peru POS Installed Base History and Forecast
Figure 15 Venezuela POS Shipment History and Forecast
Figure 16 Venezuela POS Installed Base History and Forecast
Figure 17 Other LATAM POS Shipment History and Forecast
Figure 18 Other LATAM POS Installed Base History and Forecast
Figure 19 Historical Shipments by Segment
Figure 20 Historical Installed base by Segment
Figure 21 Forecast Shipments by Segment thru 2027
Figure 22 Forecast Installed Base by Segment thru 2027

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Latin America EPOS Definitions

At IHL we believe it is important that we state clearly the definitions of what we are classifying as a POS device. For the purposes of our analysis, we are defining POS as PC-based workstations, namely PC-class Processor-based and LAN-available terminals. Although others might include Electronic Funds Terminals as POS, we do not include them here.

In our research, we do include PC on Cash Drawer Devices (PCOCD), however, we do not attempt to distinguish between vendors unless a particular market is affected significantly.

We do not include Electronic Cash Registers (ECR’s) in our study. Although the lines have blurred as to POS and ECR in terms of processors and connectivity, we believe there is a clear distinction in functionality, expandability, and serviceability between the devices.

As this report also looks at market segment information, it is important that we distinguish the types of institutions we include in each market segment. These are the following:

Food/Supermarket: Stores that sell food and grocery items and have between 4-20 terminals per store.

Drug Stores/Pharmacy: Stores that sell personal care and medicinal items and have 2-5 terminals per store.

Hypermarkets: This is a broad segment that varies by country. In many, it includes a full service Food store as well as products typically included at Discounters under one roof. In other countries, stores can range anywhere from a Superstore format (think Wal-Mart Supercenter) to a full-line Department Store (with large appliances) combined with a full-line Grocery store.

Department Stores: Traditionally larger format stores, upscale in products and including hard and soft goods with department style checkout.

Mass Merchandisers: Like a Hypermarket format, only carrying non-food items or limited food items and using a front-end checkout. Also includes Discounters.

Specialty Stores: Stores that focus on particular product line niches. Includes apparel, news, shoes, and DIY type stores.

Hospitality: Includes Restaurants, Bars, Pubs, Hotels, and Convenience Store outlets.

Isn’t Mexico part of North America?
For geography lessons, yes. However, when vendors and retailers look at the world they tend to lump Mexico – a Spanish speaking country – with the other countries that share the language in the region. While some might argue that California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Florida could also be included based on that definition, our vendor clients are all united in keeping them part of our North American study.

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