The news: Stripe introduced its in-store point-of-sale (POS) system, Stripe Terminal, in Singapore, per Finextra.
Here’s how it works: Stripe Terminal unifies businesses’ online and in-person transactions with flexible developer tools and card readers. Clients can customize their checkouts using Terminal’s APIs and software development kit (SDK). Stripe Terminal also offers fleet management so businesses can manage their hardware across multiple locations.
Why it’s worth watching: Stripe Terminal’s launch in Singapore reflects two key trends.
Digital payments growth across Southeast Asia.
Rising demand for unified commerce tools.
The opportunity: Launching in Singapore can help Stripe take advantage of growing payment digitization and brick-and-mortar retail sales in Singapore: Non-ecommerce retail sales in the market are expected to hit $30.06 billion this year, per eMarketer forecasts from Insider Intelligence.
Stripe can also use Singapore as a launchpad for introducing Terminal to other markets in Southeast Asia as other payment providers move into the region. And as demand for unified commerce grows, Stripe will likely expand Terminal into other markets.
The bigger picture: Stripe is using new business solutions and global expansion to drive growth that it hopes will rival last year’s tear. Last month, it launched Financial Connections—an open banking solution that lets businesses connect directly to customers’ bank accounts—and Data Pipeline, which lets businesses get marketing, product, security, and sales insights by consolidating data with Amazon and Snowflake platforms.