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Introducing ShopKeep Mobile - a Handheld Point of Sale System from ShopKeep and Griffin Technology

Posted by Rob Rich on January 13th, 2014

Many, many people who run their own small business are undoubtedly familiar with Square. Or at the very least they have a passing familiarity with it. It's the sort of thing that's great for an artist selling their work at a show, or even an entrepreneurial babysitter, but some businesses need a bit more than that.

ShopKeep Mobile is meant to be that little bit more. It's a cloud-based system that uses Griffin's Olli hardware to provide business owners with a point of sale system they can carry around in their pocket. Registers can be set up quickly (accepting credit cards and cash), inventory can be tracked, and sales reports can be viewed in real time - plus it's integrated with QuickBooks. It can search through inventory, manage a customer database, use email receipts, adjust pricing for sales, connect with a printer for more traditional receipts and reports, includes a barcode scanner and a credit card reader/swiper, and can be used offline if necessary. Basically it's designed to be an alternative to using more typical register setups. Kind of like the Apple Store when you think about it.

ShopKeep Mobile is still in beta but you can register on the site to be kept informed of its progress. Of course there's also the slightly less mobile ShopKeep POS system for iPads that's already available if you can't wait to get started.

GoPago to Compete with Square to Kill the Cash Register

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 8th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

GoPago is a startup with a goal that’s rather modest: they want to kill the cash register. They’re going to do this with an offer for any interested merchants: they’ll send along a 4G-enabled tablet with GoPago software, card reader, cash box, and receipt printer for free. They’ll only be making money off of a 2.85% fee on credit card transactions. JPMorgan Chase is backing GoPago, so this isn’t just a fly-by-night company.

In particular, GoPago is competing with Square, which has been distributing their own free card readers and has been pushing the Square Register iPad app. Square card swipes are a bit cheaper at 2.75% per swipe compared to GoPago’s 2.85% per swipe, but GoPago is giving away the tablet and other physical materials for free as well. For businesses looking to easily accept credit cards and to make their business more flexible, GoPago could be an interesting option, though with Square’s recent deal to start processing payments for Starbucks, this may be a tricky field to penetrate.