Square is developing an app that allows people to place orders in advance of visits to Square merchants.

Called Square Pickup, the app lists the merchant's products or menu. Consumers choose an item, pay using Square and pick up the order at the store.

Square has placed a "participate in a preview" link for Square Pickup on its site, though it requires an invite code. Square would not comment further on the app, though Priceonomics reports restaurants near Square's offices in San Francisco are testing iOS and Android versions of Square Pickup.

Square similarly tested its email-based person to person payments service, Square Cash, in May 2013 with an invite-only audience. The Square Cash service went live in October with a few tweaks such as a change in the email address used to initiate a payment. The Square Cash P2P app is a separate service from the Square Wallet app for paying merchants, and consumers must enroll separately with each.

Other mobile payment companies support ordering ahead, including Intuit via its acquisition of Aislebuyer. PayPal, which has a mobile app that offers similar features to Square Wallet, already supports ordering ahead at merchants such as Jamba Juice.

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