Stripe feeds merchant demand for softPOS with Tap to Pay on Android

The news: Stripe introduced Tap to Pay on Android for merchants using Stripe Terminal in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, and the US, per TechCrunch.

  • The tech lets merchants accept in-person contactless payments with any Android mobile device that has NFC technology.
  • Compatible payment methods include Google Pay and Visa, Mastercard, and American Express cards.

Stripe already offers Tap to Pay on iPhone, Apple’s software point-of-sale (softPOS) solution.

The opportunity: Tap to Pay on Android can round out Stripe’s Terminal product suite and improve merchant loyalty by tapping two key trends.

  • Growing contactless payments adoption. Global contactless payments volume is expected to increase from $4.6 trillion in 2022 to $10 trillion by 2027, according to Juniper Research. Stripe’s Tap to Pay on Android can let merchants feed consumer demand for contactless payments.
  • Increasing softPOS demand. The number of global merchants deploying softPOS offerings is expected to exceed 34.5 million by 2027—rising from just 6 million in 2022, per a separate Juniper Research report. SoftPOS solutions are becoming popular because they let merchants accept contactless payments without having to purchase additional hardware.

Tap to Pay on Android will let Stripe tap a large addressable market: Android accounted for nearly 72% of mobile operating systems worldwide in January, per StatCounter.

Why it’s worth watching: While online payments have always been Stripe’s bread and butter, the firm has been expanding in-store to capture a broader merchant base and mitigate normalizing ecommerce growth: Worldwide ecommerce growth is expected to grow 8.9% year over year (YoY) in 2023, down from 26.7% in 2020, per our Worldwide Retail Ecommerce Sales forecast.

  • With Stripe seeking to raise $2.5 billion, these efforts can help the firm convince investors that it's still on an upward growth trajectory despite recent economic headwinds: The firm laid off about 14% of its staff in November.
  • Stripe’s performance seems to be on a good track, which will aid its funding efforts. The 13-year-old company expects to turn a profit this year and reach $1 trillion in payments volume—a milestone that took PayPal 23 years to achieve.

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