Overseas POS Sales, Linux Potential Growing
POS sales are climbing overseas, and the Microsoft-controlled operating system space is seeing a threat from Linux.Point-of-sale terminal shipments grew about 8 percent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa last year compared with a 5 percent annual increase in 2003, according to a new market share study released this week from the IHL Consulting Group. U.S. POS shipments increased almost twice as much (15 percent) during the same time period, said IHL President Greg Buzek.
Buzek attributed the increases to two factors. First, industry price warsespecially with Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. lowering prices sharplyhave substantially lowered the retailers total cost of ownership (TCO).