Square Seeks to Revolutionize Retail Sales With 'Square Register' for iPad and 'Card Case'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Square, the company that has brought the ability to accept credit cards for transactions to individuals and small businesses with a card reader dongle for iOS devices, today announced its next venture: "Square Register" for iPad. Seeking to replace traditional cash registers with iPads equipped with the new Square Register application, Square notes that the app will allow businesses to easily customize the register interface with their full list of products.

    Analytics tools will allow businesses to see up-the-minute details on sales performance, broken down by any number of metrics to help businesses study sales trends. The Square Register functionality comes as an update to the iPad version of the company's universal App Store app.


    From the customer perspective, Square is rolling out "Card Case", virtual business cards that allow customers to view details on their favorite businesses, directly accessing live-updated menus and product listings from the card as well as transaction histories with item-level detail.

    Replacing loyalty cards and credit card payment methods, Square Cards will allow a customer to establish a relationship with a business and pay for goods without having to carry a wallet, a mechanism Square CEO Jack Dorsey likens to having a permanent tab opened with the business. Transaction confirmations and receipts are pushed to users' phones for record-tracking. Users can initiate a payment by activating the business's Square Card on their phone when within range of the business and then simply giving their name at the register to have the purchase charged to their account.

    Square Register and Square Cards are rolling out now through 50 merchants located in New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, St. Louis, and Los Angeles, with further expansion coming soon.

    Article Link: Square Seeks to Revolutionize Retail Sales With 'Square Register' for iPad and 'Card Case'
  2. dvkid macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2006
    This could be very neat. I'd been hoping that somebody (Walmart, Target) would move towards paperless receipts the way Apple Retail has. Maybe it'll be the smaller retailers leading the eco charge in this space, though.
  3. ciTiger macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
    Portugal (Porto)
    The future today...Or then they get to implement this worldwide... May never happen but if it was in place today it would be great..:D
  4. shingi70 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2010
    Im going to purchase stock in this company. Been following them since last year and i love what thier doing. If this is successful they could be going into a very lucratuve bussiness. Starting off with the reader, then to the card then late 2011/early 12 become the nfc standard so no matter how you pay you can.
  5. Ramsos macrumors regular


    Nov 13, 2002
    Oakland, California
    I love Square, I've used it several times for my business and the turn around time is very fast.
  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Having worked with various retail POS systems from IBM et al I hope this finally allows a departure from the draconian interfaces which look as if design and operator usability were not allowed to be discussed in the development phase.
  7. KindredMAC macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    This is awesome news! I LOVE my Square app on my iPhone4. It has been great for everyday life and the occasional yard sale.

    When everyone in the office wants to order lunch or flowers for a sick coworker, I can be the one that places the order and I can take debit/credit cards from the other workers for their share of the total and the same goes for office lunch. I always make sure that I tell them to add on a buck or so for the hit I take from the percentage Square takes but for the convenience no one has objected.

    And you wouldn't believe the looks I get from people who are going around to the yard sales and come to ours and see that I can take a credit card! We have sold a lot more objects and some bigger ticket items because of this option. People are much more apt to spend $50 for TV on their credit card than to have $50 in cash extra on their person.
  8. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    I envision the day when the iPad will be used for everything. Can you imagine how speedy the checkout lines will be at WalMart on Saturday afternoon with iPads instead of cash registers?
  9. drimmen macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2004
    Culver City, CA
  10. Daveoc64, May 23, 2011
    Last edited: May 23, 2011

    Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Why on earth do you think that?

    I don't see how an iPad can replace an EPOS used by a company like WalMart.

    Does the iPad weigh fruit?
    Does the iPad scan barcodes?
    Does the iPad have a cash drawer?
    Is it Linked to a Conveyor Belt?

    There isn't any convenience or benefit in using a tiny, portable device at a station where you're being served by someone who is sitting or standing in the exact same place.

    The market Square is targeting is very different.
  11. garybUK Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
  12. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Wow talk about out of date technology. Transactions are declined by banks if the card are swiped like this image suggests (and have been for years). Surely they have an updated device supporting chip reader (and PIN entry)?
  13. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    How would the iPad be faster for people buying many things? I can see an iPad being an excellent register for small shops and mobile shops like mall kiosks. But Walmart?

    I'm still waiting for the system envisioned in commercials where your entire cart is scanned as you walk out the door. That would be fast.
  14. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Not in the US - which is why this system wont work outside of it.
  15. CplBadboy macrumors 6502

    Who cares, when are the new Mac Pros unveiled? :rolleyes:
  16. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Great idea

    I wonder if the rumored NFC-enabled iPhone (and other smartphones that already have NFC chips) will affect the adoption of Square Cards. It'll be interesting to see how retail evolves over the next decade. We're moving toward a cashless and credit card-less "wallet". Just your drivers' license.
  17. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    No. But my imac can. Via the Delicious Library App. So I am sure the ipad 2 can scan bar codes if someone was to write a little software to do it.
  18. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    "Relationship" as in tracking what, when, and where you buy stuff so that companies can bomb you with ads on the assumption you'll buy more. (Actually not just you, but your known connections as well.)

    What a great relationship... it's more like criminal stalking.
  19. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Ah, of course. The iPad (and iPhone) can do it that way through software (using a camera), but it's nowhere near as efficient as using a dedicated barcode scanner.

    Sales staff in supermarkets are rated on how many items they can scan per minute.

    It would be MUCH lower with an iPad. i.e. slower

    It would be difficult to have useful data on the screen at the same time that the camera was being used to line up a barcode scan.
  20. shingi70 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2010
    They can coesit. Tons of people who dont want to bother with nfc but could use this. This is also a better solution for low income communitys.
  21. 126351 Guest

    Sep 17, 2007
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    Has anyone got Square working with Filemaker?

    I'm thinking maybe create the invoice with Go, take the payment with Square and a batch script sends the result of the Square transaction into Go to show the invoice as paid.
  22. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    I've been reading and re-reading and trying to get my head around this... they hope to replace a tiny wallet with an iPad. Sounds... bulkier. The scope of this stuff is a little confusing and fuzzy on the edges; while some of it makes perfect sense, some of it seems redundant.

    The Wal•mart self-checkout lines are good as is, to me. Those cashiers there are stuck in slow motion, and with a credit card anyone can breeze through the process. I'm assuming the iPad reads some kind of electronic noise from products? Or will it swipe bar codes? Seems to do stuff already done, but maybe Square will help the retailer with better software.
  23. RafaelT macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2010
    Lakeland, FL
    Square has a good App and service over all but they still have some basic things they need to take care of before it is a great App. The tip situation is a mess, they have acknowledged it but still no fix. The temp auth 40% more then the transaction to cover possible tips. They also don't allow you to put in an exact amount for the tip.
  24. ScottishDuck macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2010
    Argyll, Scotland
    Good to know I can steal credit cards and use them at the Apple store now, no more PIN codes!
  25. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    Credit card don't require PINs; you're thinking of debit cards. Credit cards in the US require a signature - the same is true with Square. Square is a VISA-backed financial business; let's give them the benefit of assuming they've actually thought through any scenario you think up in 5 minutes :)

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