Almost two million programmable electronic point of sale (EPoS) units were shipped globally in 2016, signifying a one per cent increase on 2015.
This is according to RBR’s Global EPoS and Self-Checkout 2017 study, which found that large-scale refreshes by retailers in developed economies helped to boost shipment numbers. Leading grocery players began replacement projects, including discount supermarket Lidl, French co-operative group Système U and convenience store chain 7 Eleven.
US shipments dipped by one per cent as retailers re-evaluated the number and format of their stores with a knock-on effect on their investment in fixed EPOS. Several major chains, including JCPenney, consolidated their store networks in 2016, while the penetration of both mobile EPOS and self-checkout increased.
RBR forecasts that the number of fixed EPoS installations will reach 15.3 million by 2022, up 13% from 2016.