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Lead Story

Congress, Fed pressured to reconsider interchange caps

Patti Murphy
The Takoma Group

News

Industry Update

London steers toward open payments by 2012 Olympics

Merchant coalition backs interchange overhaul

Girl Scout cookie sales go mobile

Trade Association News

Features

Ingredients essential to thriving enterprises

Research Rundown

ISOMetrics:
The rise of the debit card

Measuring your ad's ROO

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Has the prepaid tax refund moment arrived?

Compliance partnership made for two

Views

Thoughts on the economy (in hindsight)

Brandes Elitch
CrossCheck Inc.

Cell phones as marketing tools

Steve Schwimmer
Renaissance Merchant Services

Education

Street SmartsSM:
Earning and keeping merchants' trust

Ken Musante
Eureka Payments LLC

It pays to keep your customers happy

Jeffrey Shavitz
Charge Card Systems Inc.

Security in a mobile world

Tim Cranny
Panoptic Security Inc.

Stockholm Syndrome and the payment pro

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Helping Level 4 merchants comply with PCI DSS 2.0

Joan Herbig
ControlScan

Leads, leads, leads - Part 2: Lead management

Peggy Bekavac Olson
Strategic Marketing

Company Profile

FrontStream Payments Inc.

New Products

A global e-commerce payment solution

Digital River World Payments
Digital River Inc.

Inspiration

The mind's the limit - so expand it

Departments

Forum

Resource Guide

Datebook

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The Green Sheet Online Edition

March 14, 2011  •  Issue 11:03:01

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Girl Scout cookie sales go mobile

For the first time, two Girl Scout councils are now prepared to accept credit card payments via smart phones to help enhance their cookie sales. Girl Scouts have traditionally only accepted cash or checks.

Girl Scouts San Diego has started using iPhones equipped with a Mophie Marketplace credit card case during a trial run at selected booth sale and retail sites in San Diego. Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio are slated to start ringing up sales in March 2011 using a card reader from Intuit Payment Solutions.

In both cases, payments will be processed by Intuit Payment Solutions through its GoPayment application. Customers will sign a receipt via touch screen and receive a record of the payment by email or text message.

A hit with cookie lovers

According to Mary Doyle, Communications Director for the San Diego Council, 10 troops started taking mobile credit card payments initially on Feb. 24. According to reports from troop leaders, the system was easy to use, and customers seemed intrigued by the technology, Doyle said.

"The customers loved it; they came over to see what it was all about," said Troop 3099 leader Lynne Shinohara, whose troop used the mobile payment system while selling at a booth near a grocery store in Point Loma, Calif.

A boon to budding entrepreneurs

Doyle believes the ability to accept credit cards will eventually create more sales, as well as contribute to the girls' financial and business acumen. "When Girl Scouts are selling cookies, they are becoming entrepreneurs," she said. "This just gives them another level to go to as entrepreneurs."

The launch of the mobile payment trial will be on a much larger scale for Girl Scouts in Ohio, with 200 troops slated to start using Intuit's system on March 11.

"We are flying out there on the weekend of March fourth and fifth to train the troop leaders, parents and kids on how to use GoPayment with the credit card reader," said Intuit spokeswoman Sharna Brockett. "Then they will start using it at their booths the next weekend."

Notice to readers: These are archived articles. Contact names or information may be out of date. We regret any inconvenience.

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