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Western European Market for POS printers back into growth in 2015, says IDC

Figures recently released by International Data Corporation (IDC) as part of its annual Point of Sale (POS) Printer Tracker program show new momentum behind POS printers in Western Europe. According to IDC, after a sluggish trend in 2014, approximately 810,000 units were shipped in 2015 representing a 4.5% leap compared to the previous year. The trend was patchy by geography, however, with double-digit growth in Benelux and Southern Europe, buoyant results in Dutch speaking countries (DACH), and negative trends in France and the UK.

Traditional Thermal POS printers continued to be by far the most important POS printer segment, accounting for almost 80% of units and experiencing healthy growth in shipments in 2015 compared to 2014. Portable printers were the fastest growing segment across the Western European region, however, rising 20% compared to the previous year. Sales of slip-only and impact POS printers also showed healthy growth and an almost flat trend, while on the contrary sales of hybrid, dual station, and multistation POS printers continued to decrease sharply.

The leading POS printer vendors in Western Europe in 2015 were Epson, Star Micronics, and Bixolon. In particular:

  • Epson captured over 35% of the market in terms of shipments, increasing its share by over a percentage point thanks to strong results in the Benelux region and Southern Europe in particular.
  • Star Micronics reaffirmed its position as number 2 vendor, with approximately 15% market share, although losing a few decimal points of market share compared to 2014.
  • Bixolon posted tremendous shipment growth of over 40%, and as a result captured nearly 13% of market share, up from 10% compared to 2014. The result was mainly driven by strong growth in thermal and portable POS printers in the DACH region. The Korea headquartered vendor currently leads in the portable POS printer space.

"The POS printer market is clearly experiencing new momentum", said Mario Lombardo, senior analyst at IDC EMEA. "A number of factors are behind this trend. Firstly, a continued reduction in thermal POS printer prices is believed to have helped close large deals while compromising margins. In general, mobility is also playing an important role. Users are renewing devices and opting for connected portable POS printers that can answer to the need for more versatile retail layouts. With the general increase in mobility, the retail market has seen a surge in the use of handheld devices and specific retail apps coupled with standalone connected POS printers. This option is increasingly preferred to all-in-one ePOS solutions because of lower costs and relatively easy installation. The increase in retail cloud services is also believed to be positively impacting this market creating more demand for connected devices. On the country basis other specific local factors are playing a role in driving the market. Meanwhile, legislative changes in the DACH region and economic recovery in Spain are believed to have had a particularly positive impact in 2015."

The Western European market for POS printers is expected to grow by 2.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years, hitting over 920,000 units in 2020. In this period many headwinds are expected to impact the retail and hospitality sector. The majority of retail buyers will continue to demand printed receipts and these will remain the most immediate promotional tool for retailers. However as handheld mobile devices and digital receipts increase, retail layouts are likely to change radically, allowing for general versatility and staff mobility. As a result, portable POS printers will continue to be in high demand, generating an estimated CAGR of over 12% from 2015 through 2020.

Difox listens to music with BoomPods

Retail specialist Difox has started the distribution of BoomPods headphones in Europe, through its offices in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

ALSO accelerates growth of cloud services portfolio with Mobile Datacenter

Broadliner ALSO expands its cloud business offering with a Mobile Datacenter service enabling customers to individually configure modular cloud platforms. ALSO is the first B2B market place to offer Mobile Datacenter services in Europe. The Mobile Datacenter has been tailored for ALSO by CANCOM Group. "Both Private and Hybrid Cloud present great opportunities for our customers. In this fast growing area of business we want to enable our customers to deliver a rich catalogue of services to their customers and deliver end-to-end turnkey solutions. With the Mobile Datacenter we continue our commitment to help our customers bring tangible value-add to their customers", said Prof. Dr. Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO.

With the Mobile Datacenter, ALSO customers can configure platforms of Private or Hybrid Cloud and offer them to their customers in a pay-per-use model, delivered from a Tier 3 TUV certified datacenter – all built in a 20 ft or 40 ft sea container. The platform enables a broad variety of business applications and solutions to be delivered in a scalable and flexible model. One of the first business applications to be delivered from the Mobile Datacenter could be the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud.

"We are excited to expand our partnership with ALSO and to bring in the Mobile Datacenters. With this service, customers can deploy feature rich services in a very flexible and time efficient way. The CANCOM Mobile Datacenters can be used anywhere quickly. Therefore businesses benefit from a high agility and scalability", said Rudolf Hotter, COO, CANCOM Group.

p>The Mobile Datacenters are available in all 15 ALSO-countries, that is Autria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland. CANCOM AHP will be available soon in the ALSO Cloud Marketplace in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland, delivered from the new Mobile Datacenters, inter alia.

Nuvias expands to Middle East

Middle East: network, storage and security VAD Nuvias has added a fourth region, MEA, to its regional EMEA structure. The other three Nuvias Group regions are Northern (Belgium, Denmark, Eire, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom as Wick Hill and Zycko), Central (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany as Wick Hill and Zycko, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) and Southern Europe (France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Turkey) through the acquisition of infrastructure VAD SCD (which was until now owned by Rigby Group technology arm. The new office will now act as a hub for Nuvias' MEA activities, covering all parts of the Gulf Co-operation Council1 (GCC) area, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Moroccan office of SCD has been closed, because of insufficient business locally.

This is the latest development in the strong growth and development plans of Nuvias, which was established this summer. Nuvias is building an EMEA-wide, high-value, specialist distribution business, with a common proposition and consistent delivery. The strategy is to redefine value distribution to the channel, enabling the channel and vendor community to deliver exceptional business value to their customers and creating new standards of channel success.

Also being announced today is the setting up of the Nuvias Cyber Security Practice at the Dubai office, which includes vendors Unitrends (cloud empowered continuity solutions), Malwarebytes (advanced malware prevention and remediation) and Black Duck (open source security and management). These brands join existing partnership with Netskope (cloud data loss prevention). Other recent vendor signings for Nuvias in the MEA region include JetNEXUS (load balancing - recently announced), Lifesize (videoconferencing) and Tintri (VM-aware storage for virtualisation and the cloud).

Nuvias has already recruited several new staff for the MEA office bringing the current total up to 16. These include recent recruit Muneeb Anjum, the new sales director. Anjum has twelve years' experience in the IT sector, with a proven track record in managing channel partners across the Middle East and extensive experience in successfully introducing new solutions to market.

Paul Eccleston, head of Nuvias Group, commented: "We are delighted to be announcing today the opening of our Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, completing our regional coverage of EMEA. MEA is a very important part of the region and a significant opportunity for us, our vendor partners and our customers. We have been working hard to bring the cyber security, advanced networking and unified comms capability of Wick Hill and Zycko to this region. With the acquisition of the business in Dubai, operating across the region, and the recruitment of Muneeb Anjum, which will be followed by further additions to the team very soon, this is an exciting development for Nuvias and we look forward to bringing more capability and vendors to the region quickly."

Alasdair Kilgour, regional VP MEA for Nuvias, commented: "it's both exciting and a privilege to be part of the Nuvias team and I look forward to leading the growth of the business across MEA and beyond. We will do this firstly by enabling our vendor partners locally to experience the same high standard of value-added service they already receive from the Group across Europe; secondly by expanding our channel partner community through our solution distribution philosophy; and thirdly by geographic expansion. We are exhibiting at Gitex in October at the Dubai World Trade Centre, which will give us a great platform to show the industry what Nuvias in the MEA region can offer."

New partnerships for CBK and Infinigate

Scandinavia: Norwegian cabling and networking specialist CBK has been chosen by Ricoh as an official distributor for its line of video-projectors1. Meanwhile, encryption editor Hiddn Security has inked a pan-Scandinavia distribution deal with security VAD Infinigate2. The distributor will push its products in the region through its offices in Denmark, Norway and Sweden (source: IT-Bransjen Norge 1 and 2).


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