Bang Bang Pie Shop piloting new technology, Square Stand

June 03, 2013|By JoVona Taylor | RedEye

Bang Bang Pie Shop in Logan Square is one of 13 businesses country-wide that have been chosen to pilot Square Stand, a new hardware by Square Inc. that turns an iPad into a complete payment system, replacing traditional cash registers.

Since receiving the product May 15, Bang Bang co-owner Dave Miller said the old-fashioned shop has made a seamless transition to using the device.

“Small businesses that integrate technology well, I think, stay around longer and are able to give more time to customers and quality,” Miller said. “Square definitely helps us do that.”

Bang Bang Pie Shop has used Square’s credit card payment app since it started as a food truck, Miller said. The creation of Square Stand was good timing for the stand-alone pie shop, which opened in March 2012.

Miller said the older Square system, which required a Square Reader to be attached to a mobile device or iPad, was a bit of a hassle to use because the device was hand-held and sometimes unsuccessful in reading credit cards.

“It’s all in one piece, that’s the joy of it,” Miller said of the new technology. “The integration of the card reader and ability to pivot to customers makes it so easy to function.”

Faryl Ury, a spokeswoman for Square, said the idea for Square Stand came about after noticing that merchants were increasingly replacing their old registers with Square.

“We wanted to create something businesses could use on their countertops,” Ury said. “Something that was easy to set up, affordable to buy, and beautiful to look at. And that's why we came out with Square Stand."

The Square Stand works along with Square Register, a free point-of-sale application, to give users sales analytics and reports. It is compatible with iPad 2 or 3, and a version for iPads with Lightning connectors will be available later this year.

The new hardware also has a built-in card reader and can be connected to other business accessories such as a receipt printer, kitchen printer, cash drawer and barcode scanner.

The stand costs $299, which does not include an iPad or other business accessories.

The Square Stand is set to be released the week of July 8 and can be pre-ordered at squareup.com/stand.

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