Square Payments App Adds New Flavors for Restaurants

Square Payments App Adds New Flavors for Restaurants

Square, the payments processing technology, has come a long way from being just a square dongle connected to an iPad or iPhone where customers swipe their credit cards to pay for items, to now a full blown iPad-powered register that allows for order customization.

Square Register is a point-of-sale system powered by an iPad that allows merchants to accept payments which can also be customized to allow employees to make transactions on the register, access sales reports, and to wirelessly print receipts or open cash drawers to put in the customer’s payment or make change.

Now, the company has rolled out a newly updated Register that allows merchants in the food business to customize orders with ‘modifiers’ that allow cashiers to add customer specifications, for example if the diner has specific food allergies.  Allergies to shellfish and peanuts can be lethal, and by providing an easier way to tell kitchen staff the specifics of a certain order, Square Register is now fast becoming a must-have in the food industry.  Also, Square has added custom kitchen tickets so cashiers can add a name or number to a ticket order.

Square Register was introduced last year, but what made the app stand out is its in-depth analytics software, which allows merchants to segment consumer payments data and transactions.  The dashboard provides basic sales information and recent transaction history at a glance, including the number of payments, subtotals, tax, tips, refunds, account deposits, etc. The data can then be broken down by sales for the month or day, time of day, and even the size of payment.  Merchants can access and explore these analytics when they log into their Square account online.

Though the updates to the app aren’t as impressive as the features already available on traditional cash registers found in most restaurants and cafes, Square Register might well appeal to startups who are just getting ready to conquer the industry.

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Mellisa Tolentino

Staff Writer at SiliconANGLE
Mellisa Tolentino started at SiliconANGLE covering the mobile and social scene. Over the years, her scope expanded to Bitcoin as well as the Internet of Things. SiliconANGLE gave Mellisa her break in writing and it has been an adventure ever since. She’s from the sunny country of Philippines where people always greet you with the warmest smile. If she’s not busy writing, she loves reading, watching TV series and movies, but what she enjoys the most is playing or just chilling on the couch with with her three dogs Ceecee, Ginger, and Rocky.


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  1. We started using SQUARE mid Jan 2012 It was like a dream come through . We were one of the first high volume Small business’s to use the Square system on our new I pad. Apple ‘s officers came down to see it in action, Square Called us (after a week of high sales) and gave us a welcome .

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