Since its inception, Square has nearly changed the face of retail sales by itself. It went from being a digital credit card service with a dongle to becoming one of the most popular mobile point-of-sale provider in existence in just a few years. The company is constantly launching new apps with better ways for retailers to keep track of money and inventory. Today, Electronista discovered that Square is in beta testing for a new app called “Pickup” that would allow restaurants to create takeout services for patrons for fast and easy ordering though mobile devices.
The app, according to Electronista, lets customers order takeout food in advance of showing up at a restaurant. Priceonomics is reporting that the new service is currently being tested with several restaurants in San Francisco.
“Instead of calling a restaurant to place a pickup order, users can just make the purchase with the Square Pickup App. The app is loaded with the restaurant’s menu. Just choose what you want, pay with Square, and then pick up your food when it’s ready.”
The invoice created when a customer places an order even includes a spot for the tip, so you can tip your takeout server and pay for your lunch in one quick process.
Ordering food online is nothing new. However, Square integrates with a restaurant’s inventory and cash register through its mobile credit service. There is a probability that Square won’t even charge an additional fee to restaurants since the company makes its money on credit card transaction fees.
Currently, you will need an invite code to access Square Pickup. However, it is just a matter of time before the service will become publically.