Slideshow 7 New Ways Mobile Is Changing the Point of Sale

  • May 17 2013, 7:24am EDT
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“The mobile point of sale space is becoming a very crowded space and in many ways, it feels a bit like a gold rush again,” says Zil Bareisis, a senior analyst at Celent. Pictured: Groupon Breadcrumb POS

Square Stand

Square Stand, which is Square's first sweeping redesign of its mobile card reader is designed to lock a tablet to the countertop of merchants who use its Square Register app to take payments.

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PayPal's Partners

PayPal is waiving processing fees through the end of 2013 for merchants that use the PayPal Here mobile card reader or technology from a PayPal partner such as Erply, Leaf, Leapset, NCR Silver, ShopKeep POS and Vend, which handle card acceptance on a tablet.

Groupon Breadcrumb POS

Groupon rereleased its Breadcrumb POS iPad app, complementing its Groupon Payments smartphone card acceptance system with a system more suited for a stationary point of sale.


Leaf, which offers a tablet designed specifically for payments, is upgrading its hardware to add an extra camera and make the screen easier to read in outdoor settings, such as when used by a food cart.

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Koupah's tablet takes on card acceptance costs by displaying ads on the screen and on the receipt. The revenue from the advertisements offsets the fees merchants pay to accept card payments. (Pictured: Koupah founder Dave Merel)


Gyft's mobile gift card app does something most others don't: it accepts bitcoins. Through Gyft's app, shoppers can use bitcoins to buy virtual gift cards at over 200 retailers and present those virtual cards at the point of sale. (Image: ShutterStock)

Mobile Chip-and-PIN

Micros Systems UK Ltd. and mobile payments provider Payleven have developed a a pay-as-you-go, cloud-based point of sale system that includes mobile chip and PIN card acceptance.