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Innovative Card Machine Payments Can Help In These Challenging Times


When you think about a payment device, you will not immediately think that it would help you become more innovative. In these challenging times, however, becoming innovative is of crucial importance for ship owners. It would help if you asked yourself questions like:

How to be able to serve customers in a lockdown? How can we ensure a safe shopping environment for our clients? Card payment machines can help you to provide a secure experience. Besides that, many other payment methods can help you serve your customers faster and safer.


How do the new type of card payment machines work

With the new types of card payment machines on the market, it is time to look at how they work. Long ago, there was a  cashier system (including hardware) and a payment terminal at the shop owner's disposal. With the new machines, you can use a smart device such as a tablet or smartphone. The innovative card payment machines can be connected and be placed near the customer. Once paired with specialized software, you can start receiving payments from customers. The customers can tap their phone on the card onto the payment device, and the amount is settled.

Where to find these devices

There are lots of payment device companies. One of the new and innovative players is SumUp. This company is providing these payment terminals and the accompanied software for smart devices. This makes it possible to pair them easily yourself, limiting the installation costs back to zero. This is already a significant advantage compared to traditional machines. Next, you immediately have all the payments present on your smart devices. This allows for better bookkeeping and integration with other systems you use within your shop.


More innovative types of payments

This is not where it stops. SumUp is also offering payment methods beyond the card payment machines. For example, some countries are currently in (semi-)lockdown, and shops are closed. Many shop owners do not have a webshop system or delivery service but do not want to use third parties to rely on. A payment link can come to the rescue in such a case.

What is a payment link

The payment link allows the shop owner to send a link to an e-mail address or phone number. Once the link is selected, the customer can choose their preferred means of payment and make the payment. The payment gets completed, and the shop owner receives a notification. The shop owner can then prepare the order and bring it to the customer without the uncertainty that the amount will be paid. This makes it helpful for them as a validation mechanism. Clients who are calling a restaurant for an order will immediately receive the link. The restaurant owner starts cooking and can send the order without any other hassle. This also comes with very low transaction costs, meaning more profit for the restaurant or shop owner.


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