Category Archives: Mobile Point of Sale

Square Debuts New App: Square Order for Take-Out

Square has been leading the way in the mobile point of sale services sector with their square dongle and register products, making strong headway with local merchants over the last few years.  In an effort to grab a larger piece of the pie, Square has just debuted their newest app, Square Order, allowing patrons to order food for pickup with ease through their mobile phones, without the necessity for local vendors to have their own standalone mobile apps.  The release comes as they have quietly removed Square Wallet from the app stores, marking a new era for the company as they move in new directions.
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Whole Foods Jumping on the Mobile POS Train

A year and a half after the implementation of Square payment solutions in Starbucks locations nationwide, Whole Foods is partnering with Square marking another major retailer to go digital. Whole Foods will be utilizing Squares newest mobile payment solution, Stand, a standalone iPad mobile POS system for its in-store venues. This will include all sandwich counters, juice and coffee bars, as well as beer and wine bars within Whole Foods locations.
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Applebee’s & Others to Make Tablets in Restaurants a Mainstay in 2014

Mounted tablets in restaurants that let diners view menus, order drinks and food items, and pay their checks at the table via credit card are now making their way into major restaurant chains across the U.S., changing the dining experience for both guests and wait staff in a substantial way.
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Starbucks Surges with Mobile Payments

During a conference call with the WSJ on July 25th, 2013, Starbucks revealed just how successful mobile payment adoption has been among its customers in US locations since its roll-out in November of 2012.  Starbucks currently offers 2 methods for mobile purchases, both utilizing barcode scanning technology implemented through cloud based wallet-free features. Customers can pay either with their Starbucks card stored digitally in their handy Starbucks app, or through Square mobile wallet technology which allows mobile purchases via stored credit and debit cards in App.  Starbucks partnered with Square in an effort to increase both revenue potential by accepting wallet-free payments as well as to add convenience for its customer base and it looks like they are succeeding.
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Mobile Apps for Restaurants

The convenience of the mobile environment has spurred a consumer hunger to both search for and make restaurant dining decisions through their mobile devices.  The decision to dine is now a decision most make on the go, as restaurants remain the most searched for industry through both mobile phones and tablet devices.  With this in mind, restaurant owners should both pay close attention and take advantage of the immense opportunity custom mobile app development can bring to their businesses.  It is time for all restaurants to consider developing a mobile game plan, keeping several key features in mind when formulating a mobile app design strategy.
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Nordstrom: A Case Study in Mobile Point of Sale

Back in 2011, Nordstrom, a company renowned for it’s superior level of customer service, began testing mobile point of sale systems in its store locations.  Two years later, the system has taken on full-scale rollout and proven remarkably successful, prompting many other large scale retailers to take steady notice.  Recognizing the powerful potential of mobile POS early on, Nordstrom has lead the industry in adopting mobile POS as complement to more traditional cash registers.
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