Thermal Receipt Printer Market Size & Share, by Printer Technology (Direct Thermal, Thermal Transfer, Dye Diffusion Thermal Transfer); End User (Retail, Transportation & Logistics, Government, Travel & Hospitality, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

  • Report ID: 5316
  • Published Date: Oct 13, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Thermal Receipt Printer Market size is estimated to surpass USD 29 Billion by the end of 2036, witnessing around 8% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of thermal receipt printer was over USD 13 Billion. The growth of the market can be attributed to the growing e-commerce sector. In 2021, retail e-commerce sales total around USD 5 trillion globally. This value is expected to rise by 56% over the following few years, hitting around USD 8 trillion by 2026. Nowadays, many e-commerce platforms have the option for customer to pick their package in-store. Thermal receipt printers are used at these pickup points to print instant receipts to the customer and their proof of payment and order. Moreover, the receipts are also required to generate return or refund receipts for the customers.

In addition to these, factors that are believed to fuel the market growth of thermal receipt printer include the development of the smart parking system. The growing integration of a smart parking system has made the use of receipts even more important. Smart parking systems generate receipts for maintaining a record of parking transactions. This record is useful for both the users and the parking management to retrieve the parking history. Moreover, in corporations, parking receipts can be used as expense reimbursement for the people who daily use the parking systems. Furthermore, printer receipts are issued to users after making the payment for the parking, thus ensuring the legal spot of an individual and payment confirmation for the parking slot.

Thermal Receipt Printing Market
Get more information on this report: Request Free Sample PDF

Thermal Receipt Printer Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Penetration of Automatic Identification & Data Capture (AIDC) –Information is acquired quickly and accurately since the thermal receipt printing process is automated rather than relying on pen, paper, and people. Receipt characters are automatically classified into two types based on their receipt characteristics: printed characters and handwritten characters. Receipt images with these characters are preprocessed independently. The oriented receipt is scanned much faster and concerted easily through AIDC since it has a high resolution, therefore the need for printed receipts further increases.
  • Thermal Printers’ Cost Effectiveness– Thermal printers use heat to print the characters on the paper, contrary to general printers. This leads to better efficiency of printing and at a much lower cost. Owing to the great performance of thermal printers they are the most used option by several businesses. Since receipts are printed in mass every day in a business, therefore, the use of thermal printers is employed by stores and businesses to print high-quality receipts at very affordable prices. Moreover, because ink is not required for printing, the company can considerably reduce costs by changing pricey cartridges or ribbons if you still use traditional printers. Furthermore, the thermal printer's maintenance costs are significantly lowered. The printer no longer has to worry about running out of ink.
  • Technological Advancement in the Thermal Printers – Compact and portable designs are one of the most notable developments in mobile thermal printing. Thermal printers were traditionally large and unsuitable for mobile use. Manufacturers, on the other hand, have made great progress in developing thinner, more lightweight printers that can effortlessly connect to mobile devices. Furthermore, the integration of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chipset has made mobile thermal printers easily paired with smartphones, laptops, and tablets, wirelessly. Users can now print straight from their mobile devices, removing the requirement for physical connections.


  • The Price Being Offered by Competitors is Much Cheaper- The thermal receipt printer market is facing fierce competition in terms of the cost of the product. Manufacturers in Asian countries, especially India and China have an abundance of cheap labor and the cost of raw material is also cheap, which makes the overall product much cheaper. This has a significant impact on the leading players of the market and makes it hard to compete with them, especially the manufacturers present in Europe and North America. The fierce rivalry among the manufacturers hampers the expansion of the market of thermal receipt printer.
  • Rising use of alternative printing methods
  • The cost of paper is an additional cost of the thermal printer

Thermal Receipt Printer Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 13 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 29 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
Get more information on this report: Request Free Sample PDF

Thermal Receipt Printer Segmentation

 Printer Technology (Direct Thermal, Thermal Transfer, Dye Diffusion Thermal Transfer)

Thermal receipt printer market from the direct thermal segment is estimated to gain the largest revenue share of about 60% in the year 2036. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the increasing benefits of providing receipt printing. The printing speed of direct thermal technology is really cost effective which saves a lot of time for the company and the business can attract more customers. They can rapidly produce receipts, making them ideal for high-traffic retail and hospitality environments. Moreover, these printers operate very silently and completely replace the noisy printers at small stores. In addition, the versatility of direct thermal printers is another reason for their increasing popularity. It can accommodate paper of any size and type, making it suitable for several applications, even beyond receipts.

End User (Retail, Transportation & Logistics, Government, Travel & Hospitality, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment)

The retail segment in the thermal receipt printer market is expected to garner a significant share of around 40% in the year 2036. Despite for the growing prevalence of online shopping, offline shopping still holds a major dominance in the retail segment. People still physically go and purchase the items, and demand receipts. The dominance of offline retail stores is the major driving factor for market growth. In-store purchasing is still far more common than online shopping in 2021, with around 81% of sales occurring offline and just 19% occurring online. In the year 2022, internet retail sales accounted for only 21% of total worldwide retail sales. Owing to this reason, the demand for receipts has significantly increased as it ensure accuracy and provides a complete record of the transaction to both the customer and the business. 

Our in-depth analysis of the global thermal receipt printer market includes the following segments:

          Printer Technology

  • Direct Thermal
  • Thermal Transfer
  • Dye Diffusion Thermal Transfer

          End User

  • Retail
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Government
  • Travel & Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Media & Entertainment

Want to customize this research report as per your requirements? Our research team will cover the information you require to help you take effective business decisions.

Customize this Report

Thermal Receipt Printer Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

The thermal receipt printer market in North America is projected to be the largest with a share of about 35% by the end of 2036. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the growing preference for paper receipts.  A survey conducted by the paper industry revealed that around seven out of ten Americans would rather get a paper receipt. This will increase the installation of thermal receipt printers at several stores in the region. Furthermore, in North America, there are several manufacturers of thermal printers which have increased production, which is also a major factor that has contributed to the market growth. Moreover, these companies are investing heavily in the research and development of printers.

APAC Market Statistics

The Asia Pacific thermal receipt printer market is estimated to be the second largest, registering a share of about 24% by the end of 2036. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the expansion of the retail sector. Asia Pacific is rapidly establishing supermarkets, shopping malls, e-commerce chains, convenience stores, and others. Receipts are a common but important part of all these businesses and it will increase the adoption of thermal receipt printers.

Research Nester
Thermal Receipt Printing Market Size
Get more information on this report: Request Free Sample PDF

Companies Dominating the Thermal Receipt Printer Landscape

    • Zebra Technologies Corporation
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Honeywell International Inc.
    • HP India Sales Private Limited
    • Brother International Corporation
    • Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.
    • Star Micronics Co., Ltd.
    • Lintec Corporation
    • Kyocera Corporation
    • Bioxolon
    • HP Development Company

In the News

  • Brother International Co. has introduced the RJ-3200 printer line, which includes two high-performance label and receipt printers developed to meet the needs of today's workers. The company's new printers have a longer lifespan of battery, faster print speeds of as high as 5ips (127 mm/sec), and a sturdy design that can withstand impacts of up to 2 meters. These enhancements make the upgraded range a great companion for retail and customer service professionals who require fast and reliable printing.
  • Zebra Technologies Corporation has announced the launch of a new ZSB Series printer. It is the first wireless label printing solution developed by the company for the small office home office (SOHO) market. The ZSB Series, has several advanced features, including easy-to-load, sophisticated label designer, and mobile app software integration. The excellent ZSB Series label printer is simple to use and comes with a supervised mobile set-up, allowing small and home-based enterprises to function properly in just three minutes.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma, Hetal Singh

  • Report ID: 5316
  • Published Date: Oct 13, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing advancement in the technology of thermal receipt printer and growing traffic on online retail are the major factors driving the market growth.

The market size of thermal receipt printer is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are Zebra Technologies Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., HP India Sales Private Limited, Brother International Corporation, Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd., Star Micronics Co., Ltd., Lintec Corporation, Kyocera Corporation, Bioxolon, and HP Development Company

The retail segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North American region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
Thermal Receipt Printer Market Market Report Scope

FREE Sample Copy includes market overview, growth trends, statistical charts & tables, forecast estimates, and much more.

 Request Free Sample Copy

Have questions before ordering this report?

Inquiry Before Buying