Latin / South America (LATAM) mPOS (Mobile POS) Market Share – 2024

This research looks specifically at Latin / South America mPOS Market Share and those mobile devices being used for POS functions.


The move to mobile POS (mPOS) for associates is the single fastest adopting trend we have seen since the rush to get stores Internet-enabled. In our Latin / South America mPOS Market Share study we look 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 study on Latin / South America mPOS Market Share 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.

The sizing includes research that is inclusive in retail store locations and chains as well as what is installed for the mPOS with data from the following countries:

  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Venezuela
  • Other Latin / South America

Below in the Product Highlights section we get into the details of the data available in this Mobile POS (mPOS) Market Share study. 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.

This data is 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. This data is tracked quarterly.

Related studies include:


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,)
  • Hospitality

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:


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:

  • Apple
  • Datalogic
  • HP
  • LG
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola/Lenovo
  • Nokia
  • Oracle
  • Samsung
  • Sony/Ericsson
  • Zebra Technologies
  • 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. Contact us at ihl(at) for more information.


Below are some examples of some screen shots.  These have sample data showing formats from older years…the data is updated to current year and quarters for last 8 quarters. Please contact us for a demo of current data

We welcome you to contact us for a demo of the product so you can see the level of current data and detail you would be provided.

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There are no doubt many mobile devices ranging from phones to phablets to tablets of all sizes. This specific service is for those devices being used by associates to process a transaction. This can be with or without credit/debit readers, or it could be a consumer grade device or retail hardened. If it is purposed as a way to take transactions, we count it. To be clear, this is limited to the traditional retail segments as defined. We are not counting charities, repairmen, delivery men or garage sales where individuals add a dongle and swipe a credit card. For non-traditional retail for transactions, or mobile device information beyond POS, contact us for more information.

Our format for the study is based on detailed analysis of the following 8 retail market segments:

  • Food/Supermarkets
  • Drug Stores
  • Hypermarkets/Superstores/Warehouse Clubs
  • Department Stores
  • Specialty Stores
  • Mass Merchandisers (includes Discount Stores)
  • Convenience Stores/Gas Stations
  • Hospitality (Restaurants, Lodging and Entertainment)

For North America we further segment Specialty Stores into Specialty Category Killers and Specialty Other, and Hospitality into Fast Food, Bar/Restaurant, Lodging, Casinos/Cruises, and Entertainment: Theme Parks, Stadiums, Museums, others.

No doubt this is a fluid category. We looked to our core customers to help define the sizes they would like to see the data. If there is a new format that is introduced, we will consider adding that in as it gains traction and share. To start we will focus on these.


With regard to operating systems, our focus is on the following.

Android iOS Windows 8/10 Windows CE/Mobile/Phone Windows Other Other

Once again this is a fluid category and as the market changes and others gain traction we will adjust.

Yes, you can purchase as little as one segment in one region or the entire model with all segments worldwide including the OS and format/size information.

  • Apple
  • Datalogic
  • HP
  • LG
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola/Lenovo
  • Nokia
  • Oracle
  • Samsung
  • Zebra Technologies
  • Others-Retail Hardened
  • Others

For the purposes of this report we do not count units that are in labs; we only count those in pilot or in rollout.

For more information, please feel free to contact us.


Single regions can be purchased for $6,000 one time or $8,000 with quarterly updates.

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