Whole Foods Adopts Square for iPad Cash Registers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Whole Foods has partnered with Square to deploy its iPad checkout system inside the grocery store chain at counters selling ready-to-consume products like pizza, coffee and sandwiches, supplementing the chain's traditional checkout lanes at the front of the store.

    Reports TIME:

    It's unclear if Whole Foods will use the Square Stand cash register or some other iPad solution, but TIME says some locations will support the Square Wallet app.

    The deal makes Whole Foods the second major retailer to roll out Square's technology. In 2012, Square and Starbucks formed a partnership that saw Square take over credit card processing at Starbucks stores in the U.S.

    Article Link: Whole Foods Adopts Square for iPad Cash Registers
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, USA
    Whole Foods is like a religion in Austin. It's miserable. Hopefully this helps.
  3. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    And so one nail in the traditional POS system, more to go.

    However it may be a step back, as instead of me swiping it, I have to hand my card to the clerk.
  4. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    And to think, one phone started it all.

    If you owned one in 2007, you just knew you were holding a piece of history.
  5. MellowFuzz macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2013
    Just adding a pointless post to express my hatred of Whole Fascists - food shouldn't look like propaganda. Looking at it, you'd never guess it come from messy, muddy, varied nature. Also, the prepared-foods are utterly overrated and surprisingly dire.
  6. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    I like the square system as an end user. From the retailer side, I also think that compared to traditional POS registers this will be cheaper for retailers. And emailing the receipts vs printing adds another level of savings plus being eco-friendly. Basically all good IMHO.
  7. Narrator Jack, Feb 11, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014
  8. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Does square support a cash drawer? Is there even a cash drawer that is iOS compatible? Via 30-pin connector I would assume?

    Swiping credit cards is cool and all, but it's not really a POS replacement without the ability to accept cash.
  9. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    i believe that you enter the cash manually, and could get a normal drawer for cash.
  10. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    random i just read a story today that the US is only now starting to implement Chip + PIN cards? i couldnt believe people are still "swiping and signing" seems so unsecure and 2001 to me
  11. IPPlanMan macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2009
    iPad mini's here in DC....

    iPad Mini's here in DC
  12. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Glad you pointed this out. I agree that it's insecure. How is a chip + pin more secure though? Most of the data breaches happen well after the transaction has occurred, where hackers steal the stored card data. Often that data is encrypted, and they also gain access to the key. I don't think any chip and pin really addresses this issue; though I could be mistaken.
  13. MN7119 macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2011
    Are you being forced to shop at WF? Go get a life!!!!

  14. mrgraff macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2010
    A cash drawer, bar code scanner, and receipt printer are all compatible:
  15. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    It is though, France for example has cut card fraud by more than 80% since its introduction in 1992.
  16. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Yes, but in 1992 credit card fraud was different. I've read articles that the common mechanism for theft in Europe back then was thieves would simply swipe credit cards to take the data off the magnetic strip and make phony cards. Typically a waiter or waitress would do this with your card when they took it away for a moment to bring it to the register, or a cashier who was good at memorizing numbers could do this. For various reasons, this was also a problem in the US but it wasn't as prevalent.

    A chip and pin does directly address this above issue - it's simple multi-factor authentication. You have something, the chip; and you know something, the pin. Swiping the chip alone doesn't do you any good. Whether it's a chip or a magnetic strip is largely irrelevant. I suppose an RF chip may have been harder to read using off-the-shelf parts back in 1992, but not today.

    I don't think this will address data theft from post-transaction stored data at all. This stored data likely contains both the credentials in the chip, and the pin.

    Do you enter your pin when purchasing things online?
  17. Parasprite, Feb 11, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015

    Parasprite macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    Neat, my roommate is obsessed with Whole Foods. Never been there myself but I can load her phone to try it out. Closest I've gotten to using a "bring-your-own mobile device"-type payment system so far was displaying screenshot of a Target Gift Card on my full-sized iPad at the register...:cool:

    That felt as awkward as it sounded.
  18. MellowFuzz macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2013
    You were warned that the post was pointless...!
  19. BuffaloTF macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2008
    This is my trade in Payments & Cash Management for a multi-national... We've been at it for the better part of a decade now, but the system needs to be sold to retailers, which often may rely on old phone connections and not looking for a new system. Further, there was a vocal minority outcry of how someone can steal your card data from across a restaurant that we needed to deal with, which led to a lot of PayPass and Blink card deployments to be scaled back and magstrips to be re-issued by MasterCard and Visa. Now, it's ending by force in 2015 on any card on those 2 networks. I've yet to see what AmEx or Discover are doing, I would imagine exactly the same.

    We are our own worst enemies sometimes, it didn't matter how much we tried to educate the benefits, people had their minds made up.
  20. bpbatch, Feb 11, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2014

    bpbatch macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2010
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  21. reclusive46 macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2011
    If your referring to the EMV liability date, its October 15th 2015 for Amex and October 2015 for Discover.
  22. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    What if I want to pay with my debit card?

    How will I enter my pin?
  23. cmwade77 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2008
    Actually, from my understanding it is more secure, because neither number gets stored anywhere, the transaction is processed right then and there. The money comes out of your account and there is no further processing needed, which means that the card number was never stored somewhere to allow it to get stolen.
  24. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Square will have a hard time expanding this outside the US with their current reader. Magnetic strips are out in Canada and several European countries I've visited. Chip and tappable cards are the norm. Some of my bank cards don't even come with magnetic strips.

    I use Square to charge my clients but lately, I've been having less and less clients able to pay with a swipe.
  25. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Fortunately, they sell those at Whole Foods, but only the organic kind.

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