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Contactless Payment Market Size By Type (POS Terminals, Smart Cards), By Technology (NFC, RFID, IR), By Application (Hospitality & Restaurant, Transportation, Healthcare, Retail, Warehouse & Logistics, Entertainment & Media), COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Analysis, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI3380
  • Published Date: Aug 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Contactless Payment Market size exceeded USD 40 billion in 2019 and is estimated to grow at over 15% CAGR from 2020 to 2026. The global industry shipments are projected to reach 15 billion units by 2026. Growing demand from consumers and merchants to reduce transaction & billing time is likely to propel the industry growth.

Contactless Payment Market

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Millennials are embracing contactless payments and care less about visiting brick & mortar branches or ATMs, fueling the demand for contactless POS terminals. Safety & security of transactions is the primary concern of consumers and merchants. The players in the payment ecosystem are focusing on improving the safety and security of contactless payment by integrating 128-bit and 256-bit encryption in the payment methods.

Advancements in networking infrastructure and rising government initiatives

Ongoing advancements in networking infrastructure and rising government initiatives for the development of smart solutions are the key driving factors. Several government administrations are encouraging their merchants to adopt advanced payment solutions. The Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) contactless POS terminals market is predicted to register around 17% growth rate through 2026.

Growing usage of NFC-based payment solutions

The NFC technology segment accounted for more than 60% of the market share in 2019 owing to the extensive usage of NFC technology, facilitating real-time transactions. Increasing penetration of NFC-based mobile handsets is contributing to the NFC-based contactless payment market growth. The technology provides short-range communication between electronic devices, providing a high degree of customer satisfaction & experience and helps in fast-tracking connections.

Rising demand in Asia Pacific retail industry

Asia Pacific Contactless Payment Market Size By Application

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The Asia Pacific contactless payment market size is poised to expand at about 17% gains till 2026. Contactless POS reduces transactional time and helps retailers to accelerate transaction process and reduce counter queues. Inserting an EMV chip takes 30 seconds while a contactless method only takes 15 seconds, saving 15 seconds per transaction. According to the Mastercard Survey, more than 68% of consumers in Asia Pacific prefer to shop at stores with contactless payment options.

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a catalyst in the widespread adoption of contactless payments. As a result of the pandemic, retail stores have limited the number of consumers in their stores, improved their sanitization regimen, and introduced social distancing markers. The pandemic will force retailers to implement protective measures and adopt contactless POS terminals within their stores.

Growing circulation of contactless smart cards in Europe

Europe Contactless Payment Market Size By Country

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Europe held nearly 25% of the volume share in 2019 and is anticipated to dominate the contactless payment market through 2026 on account of consistently rising electronic payment transactions. Visa and Mastercard accounted for majority of electronic payment transactions and more than 85% of the transaction via payment cards in Europe were on these cards. The secured performance of smart card transactions along with payment solutions enabled by real-time and biometric will boost the demand for contactless payments.

Prominent companies in the region are Thales Group, IDEMIA, and Ingenico Group SA. Robust growth of account-to-account payment systems at the POS terminals in countries including Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, and Spain will further augment the regional market demand. Moreover, favorable government regulations such as second payment services directive and open banking are also contributing to the market revenue.

Players are adopting several strategies to penetrate untapped markets

Some of the key players operating in the contactless payment market are Alcineo, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., IDEMIA, Identiv, Ingenico Group SA, On Track Innovations Ltd., PAX Global Technology, PayCore, Thales Group, Valitor, Verifone, Visa, Inc., and Wirecard AG.

The industry participants are focusing on business strategies, such as new product development, to increase customer base and strengthen their product portfolio. For instance, in January 2020, Mastercard certified the first contactless fingerprint payment card by Thales Group. This new certification will ramp-up product adoption in the technologically advanced countries. Stakeholders are also adopting inorganic business strategies by acquiring companies that can enhance their value proposition and complement their existing product lines.

This market research report on contactless payment includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD and shipments in units from 2016 to 2026 for the following segments:

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Market, By Type

  • POS terminals
  • Smart cards
  • Others

Market, By Technology

  • RFID
  • NFC
  • IR
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Hospitality & restaurant
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Warehouse & logistics
  • Entertainment & media

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • South East Asia
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Chile
    • Colombia
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of contactless payment was exceeded USD 40 billion in 2019.

The industry share of contactless payment is projected to witness 15% growth rate over 2020-2026.

The global industry shipments may cross 15 billion units by 2026, owing to rising product demand from merchants and consumers pertaining to reducing billing and transaction time.

The Australia & New Zealand contactless POS terminals market may register 17% CAGR through 2026, driven by robust shift toward advanced POS terminals.

The NFC technology segment held 60% of the revenue share in 2019 and may retain popularity through 2026, owing to extensive technology usage that facilitates convenient real-time transactions and also enables quicker transaction process.

These solutions are expected to gain traction in APAC, owing to robust adoption of contactless PoS terminals, especially in the retail sector. Asia Pacific market may record 17% CAGR through 2026.

The COVID-19 pandemic has surprisingly had a very positive impact on the product adoption owing to increasing number of lockdowns, social distancing measures, and rising usage in the retail sector.

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