Another tablet or smartphone-based POS system goes on sale.
Square is best known for the low-cost Square Reader credit/debit swipe-card reader that plugs into the headphone socket of an iPhone (or other iOS devices) or certain compatible Android phones, coupled with a payments processing service that the company offered in North America.
More recently, it introduced Square Register, now available in Australia, which the company is positioning as a complete replacement for cash registers.
Square Register comprises an iOS or Android app plus a cloud service providing digital receipts and analytics as well as the basic functions such as accepting card payments via a Square Reader (though a chip and PIN version is not expected until autumn 2015).
Features include tipping, online ordering, inventory, and an optional $US99 iPad stand with built-in swipe card reader featuring a swivel base so it can be easily used from either side of the counter. An accessory chip and PIN reader for use with the stand is expected next autumn.
Square Register works with certain receipt and kitchen printers, cash drawers, and barcode scanners, and integrates with other small business services such as QuickBooks and Xero.
It appears that the app is free, with Square charging only for the card transactions it processes.
Michael Cheang, the owner of Perth bar Frisk, was an early Australian adopter. "I've been using Square Register for about three years now," he said.
"We came across the app when searching the internet for point of sale solutions. We looked into all the alternative options, and ultimately chose Square for its simple layout. We love Register's clear design, fast movement between screens and access to important info about my business online if I want it."