Salvation Army Trials Mobile Payments With Square

November 16, 2011 by staff 

Salvation Army Trials Mobile Payments With Square, The Salvation Army is working with Square to test the potential of the firm’s mobile payment solutions to aid its donation collecting, according to a report from The New York Times.

The move will allow people to make donations to the charity simply by swiping their credit card through the Square payment terminal at any of forty different locations across Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

The initiative has also seen operator Sprint Nextel donate a number of Android devices which will act as merchants, alongside Square’s reader, its app and a Salvation Army app, to collect donations on the go.

Major George Hood, the Salvation Army’s spokesman, admitted that the organisation is moving with the times to keep up with the effects of mobile on modern life having seen a standard credit card terminal do little to help its cause.

A lot of people just don’t carry cash any more. We’re basically trying to make sure we’re keeping up with our donors and embrace the new technologies they’re embracing.

The credit card terminals really haven’t been a blockbuster, I’ll be candid. The winter elements have been a negative, people have to go through a process of entering data, and it’s just generally more cumbersome than we think Square will be.

Jack Dorsey, whose hectic schedule include the roles of CEO at Square and Executive Chairman at Twitter — both of which he co-founded — is encouraged by the possibilities that the technology and the chance to link up with an iconic American institution.

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