POS Technology

Square Sets Foot in UK with Squareup Europe

July 20, 2016

The payments company foraying in UK by incorporating Squareup Europe Ltd in London early last month.

Split Funding is Here to Stay

August 21, 2013
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I’ll say it for the hundredth¹ time, the advantage of split-funding is the ability to collect payments back from a small business that has traditionally had average, weak, or poor cash flow. Let’s put that into perspective. There is a distinct difference between a working business with poor cash flow and a failing business. A […]

MCA Track – A Merchant Cash Advance Back End

July 6, 2013
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Running your funding business off of excel spreadsheets or clunky old software that wasn’t meant for the Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) market? You might want to consider using something that was both made and used by MCA people. A couple weeks ago, Benchmark Merchant Solutions gave me a private demo of their all-in-one back end […]

Credit Card Purchases with SafeKey

March 24, 2013
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SafeKey is a nice little feature that American Express is now offering. A password is required in order to make an online purchase with the card. My question is, why isn’t this mandatory for all credit card purchases with all cards? 99% of the time, no one questions whether or not I am the person […]

History of Merchant Cash Advance

January 24, 2013
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The History of Merchant Cash Advance Before it was mainstream, it was kind of mainstream. Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) is not new or even relatively new and it definitely isn’t a byproduct of the 2008-09 financial crisis. In fact, in 2007 some people thought the best days of the industry were already behind it. In […]

Avoiding Credit Card Fraud

January 7, 2013
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Many small businesses that weren’t able to utilize traditional credit card processing services are delighted to find that there are now applications where they can accept credit card payments using a smart phone. However, before you jump on the bandwagon, it only makes sense to do your due diligence as to how to avoid credit […]

MPR Advises MCA Companies to Perform Penetration Tests

November 20, 2012
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The Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) industry is riding high from a stream of recent publicity and investor interest. Billions of dollars are pouring into the market and some companies are desperately trying to upgrade their software platforms to keep up with the growth. With more exposure comes new curiosity, and not all of it is […]

Such a Deal

November 15, 2012
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You may have considered taking part in a “daily deal” program to increase sales at your small business. As always, you want to do your homework before jumping in. Lucky for you Constant Contact just published a post where they share information they gleaned as to “how and why” people use daily deals. The research […]

Silicon Valley’s One Punch Knockout

October 4, 2012
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“This morning I woke up, brushed my teeth, and hopped in my hovercraft to go to the office. As soon as I arrived, I began my routine of playing ping-pong against my co-workers while computers performed the automated tasks I had set for them. Then I went to the gym, came back, and learned that […]

Follow The Money – MCA

September 8, 2012
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John Tozzi of BusinessWeek is just about the only journalist that follows the Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) industry. We use the verb “follows” loosely since he manages to write maybe one article per year on the subject. Rarely flattering, he does at least provide something that other writers do not: Substance. In his lastest piece, […]

Cool Stuff | ISO Extinction | Ignorant Media

April 27, 2012
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What’s new in the Merchant Cash Advance arena? Cool Stuff FundersCloud is making waves in the industry with their Peer2Peer/Crowdfunding platform. We’ve finally gotten a chance to speak to their team, do a walkthrough, and aim to release an independent review of their cloud next week. However, for the moment we would like to take […]

A Personal Review of ROAMpay – The Mobile POS

January 4, 2012
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According to ROAM Data, ROAMpay works in tandem with a compatible merchant account. That’s great, but we wondered throughout most of 2011 if the swiping unit and POS interface were any good. We wonder no more because Santa got us ROAMpay for Christmas. Thanks Santa! When we tried out Square a few weeks back, we […]

Our Review of Square Card Reader

December 14, 2011
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Thumbs up! This is my 3rd and last product review this week and I’m happy to leave it off on a good note. We got to test out Square, the mobile payment technology that has been out for some time, and it rocks! I don’t normally play around with POS hardware or software but was […]

Look What We Got: Square

December 13, 2011
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The folks at Square were nice enough to send us their mobile phone hardware for free to review and play with. We’ll be doing a video review and demonstration within the next week. Stay tuned. Thanks Square!

MacPOS Review – Functional, but Ugly

December 13, 2011
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We got the opportunity to test out MacPOS earlier this week… It’s okay, not great. The biggest downside is the ugly interface, which gives the impression that the software functionality must also be subpar. While that does not appear to be the case, it certainly is a distraction during the POS experience. White borders, mismatching […]

A Quick Review of LightSpeed POS for Mac

December 9, 2011
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A quick review by sean himself… A good friend of mine owns a small shop in NYC and sought my opinion on a new POS system. A lot of folks have been talking about LightSpeed recently so I immediately floated it as an idea. He responded with, “Great! Show me how to set it up.” […]

Square Eliminates 15% Transaction Fee

August 23, 2011
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According to their Twitter Feed, Square, the iPhone, Android, and iPad Card Reader has announced the removal of the 15 cent transaction fee. The card swipe rate will remain at 2.75%. For low ticket, high volume businesses, this will significantly improve margins. About Square is a revolutionary service that enables anyone to accept credit cards […]

What is Square Credit Card Reader?

August 23, 2011
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Posted on May 6, 2011 at 12:18 AM We’ve heard of Square, we’ve read about Square, and we think the Square concept is cool. The writers of this blog have yet to encounter a business actually using one though. On March 2nd, Square announced that $1 Million was being processed through their device on a […]