This month global payments provider Square has offered Australian retailers the chance to dramatically improve the checkout process, one that is set to disrupt retail.
Ever wondered what the future of retail looks like? Brick-and-mortar retailers are continually thinking outside the box (literally) when it comes to finding and designing new spaces to sell in — whether that’s converted trucks, container boxes and warehouses.
Investments and upgrades are being made to everything, from customer services to order-ahead booking and pick-up systems, to compete with global e-commerce giants. But with all this, one thing has remained stagnant — making a payment at the point-of-sale.
Gone are the days of oversized card payment terminals, clunky cash-drawers, piles of paper receipts and cluttered countertops. This month global payments provider Square has offered Australian retailers the chance to dramatically improve the checkout process with the launch of the iconic Square Stand for contactless and chip.
The new Square Stand is the first out-of-the-box solution to turn an iPad into a fully integrated point-of-sale and payments system, designed to help Australian businesses streamline their operations into one platform — from accepting card payments to online invoicing, inventory management, real-time analytics, and employee management.
For Nathan Smith, managing director at The Plant Society in Melbourne, Square’s new offering is perfect for business owners looking to establish a professional looking countertop and replace old payment systems with all-in-one solutions.
“When we opened our shop space a few months ago, we needed a checkout system that wouldn’t create a barrier between our customers and staff but still allowed us to take payments and monitor our business operations.”
More than just powerful software features, the design award-winning Square Stand is also a unique solution for businesses looking for countertop hardware that will look professional, streamline their processes and complement their brand aesthetics.
Designed in-house at Square’s headquarters in San Francisco, the Square Stand for contactless and chip has a non-intrusive presence designed to take the focus away from the checkout, with the white minimalist stand complementing the modern interior designs favoured by Australia’s most popular retail businesses.
“Square Stand seamlessly blends into our interior and looks professional, which is very important for a visual retail business like us,” said Nathan.
After 18 months of strong local growth, Square has been humbled by the outreach of sellers from across the country, who have shared their support for the company’s award-winning hardware.
“Since launching in Australia, we have seen strong growth as businesses have embraced Square’s best-in-class payments system, free point-of-sale app and business analytics tools,” said Ben Pfisterer, Square’s Australian country manager.
“Now we are introducing products that cater to a wider range of business needs. We recognise many businesses, such as those within the retail sector, require powerful tools like Square Stand to streamline their operations yet still complement the look and feel of their shop,” he said.
Businesses can now purchase Square Stand for contactless and chip online, or exclusively through Officeworks, for just $299.