Shelly Palmer Radio Report – February 19, 2014

After signing a massive deal with Starbucks a year and a half ago, mobile payment company Square has landed its second major retail partnership: this time, with Whole Foods. The new deal puts Square Stands – complete point-of-sale systems powered by an iPad with Square’s payment system attached – in every Whole Foods location. The Square Stands won’t be found at checkout lines, but rather at the “in-store venues” – places like sandwich counters, pizzerias and coffee bars. These checkout locations will make it much quicker for customers just picking up lunch or dinner to get in and out, instead of having to wait on a regular checkout line with regular grocery shoppers. Square’s checkout process is a smart choice for these locations, as they seamlessly let you add tips or have your receipt emailed to you. Square Stands can currently be found in seven stores – including locations in New York, San Francisco and Austin – but will be expanding to other locations across the country soon.

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).