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Wireless, connected payment devices have already been widely embraced, having enabled far greater convenience in everyday transactions. Moreover, in a post-COVID world where many are now sceptical of handling cash, it’s rapidly becoming not only the preferred payment method, but the default: in 2020, the preference for cash went down globally to as little as 15%.


Market for cellular POS terminals by 2026


Market for smart vending machines by 2024


Global preference for cash

In many parts of the world, in-store remote payments are now becoming a staple part of everyday life. The most obvious manifestations are contactless point-of-sale (POS) terminals and smart cash registers, which will be yet more ubiquitous in the years to come: the global POS terminal market is forecast to grow from $69 billion to $125.9 billion between 2019 and 2027.

Wireless, connected payment devices are rapidly becoming not only the preferred payment method, but the default: in 2020, the preference for cash went down globally to as little as 15%.

The more people grow used to seeing connected payment technologies, the more they expect to use them: cities such as London, Sydney and Singapore for instance are experiencing a boom in such services following widespread adoption in their urban transport systems. In these locations and many others, we see the rise of cellular POS terminals, which give people greater flexibility of where they pay, without the need to establish a WiFi connection. From 2020 to 2026 the cellular POS market will grow fourfold from $20 billion to $80 billion.

The introduction of cellular technology to payment mechanisms has also given rise to smart vending machines which, as well as enabling enhanced customer experience, can communicate information such as stock levels, sale trends and potential faults. The market for smart vending machines is similarly gathering pace, and is forecast to grow to $30 billion by 2024, up from $11 billion in 2017. 

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Businesses are using connected payments like these as a cornerstone for modernization, integrating them with their CRM systems to gain insights and create operational efficiencies. Data on customer spending and behaviour for example can then be used to create discount schemes and inform marketing, generating more revenue. Retail and hospitality are the keenest adopters of POS systems to date, using them to simplify the tracking of revenue and profit. 

With a groundswell of consumer demand and clear opportunities for enterprise to modernize business processes, the time to adopt modern payment solutions is now. Our wide range of 4GLPWA and smart modules provide secure and reliable basis for both card and mobile transactions, and support a range of functionalities such as cameras, touch panels and biometric readers – helping your business capitalize on an increasingly cash-free world.

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