According to a new report from IHL Consulting, the market for tablet computers is expected to grow significantly over the next several years. By 2015, more than 2.7 million tablets a year will be shipped for use in North American Retail/Hospitality, fundamentally changing some segments.
Tablets, which include rugged handhelds, consumer handhelds (iPhones, iPod Touch) and tablet computers, will increase by 400% from 2010 to 2015. According to IHL, “While many would suggest that rugged handhelds will just get replaced by lower priced consumer devices, this will not be the case as this market will rise close to 30% over the next 4 years through more competitive offerings.”
All of these handhelds will have a dramatic impact on traditional POS shipments over time, reducing overall POS shipments by 11% in 2015 and in some segments as much as 20% from previously forecasted volumes. Restaurants in particular are seeing a 25% increase in table turn when mobile devices are used, according to the IHL report.
The complete report is available through IHL Consulting.