Turn your IPad into a Cash Register

Square Stand, housing iPad with credit card reader at the base

These days, if an entrepreneur is is looking to get their new business off the ground, they have to consider the traditional items - product, location, cost of inventory.  As it relates to marketing, hey must consider a lot of the "modern" marketing questions as well - how do I build a website?  Do I need a Facebook page?  Twitter account?  But when it comes to taking cash at checkout, they tend to go with the old school cash register.  Paper in, coins out.  Credit card receipts and big bills go under the drawer...

That's all about to change.

Old School Cash RegisterYou've probably already heard of Square, a merchant sales company that is pioneering mobile payments via smartphone technology.  They have just announced their modern day answer to the cash register - the Square Stand.  Modernizing small businesses, this new piece of hardware features an all-in-one Point of Sale (POS) system to be integrated directly with an iPad. 

Features include a credit card reader (accepting cash, credit, and Square Wallet payments), a rotating base so customers can sign with their finger, and a customizable checkout flow where you can add names, photos, and order modifiers for a more personalized check-out experience. 

With its companion Square Register app, business owners are also able to track and analyze sales immediately.  Shall I repeat that one?

The Square Stand comes in at a rather high $299, and takes 2.75% per swipe (with no fees).  Additionally, In order to have a fully functioning retail setup, you do still need a receipt printer, barcode scanner, and cash drawer - products that Square does offer.

While the product is not set to release until July 8th, several companies will already be giving the product a test run, including Cafe Grumpy in New York City and Morelli's Ice Cream in Atlanta.  Square also has a partnership with Starbucks, so it is likely that these devices may start to pop up in some of their locations soon.

Will the Square Stand truly create a more functional environment for small business owners?  Is this kind of innovation truly worth the price?

Jason Finn

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Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

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