Square Banking Squaregagliordizdnet: Square launched Square Banking, which offers savings, checking, and loan services to Square merchants.
On Wednesday, Oct. 27th 2015, Square released the world’s first app that offers easy banking services for businesses that are using the company’s payment processing system.
Square is hoping to provide a new way for local businesses to save money with a service like no other. The bank will offer free checking and saving accounts in addition to short-term loans of up to $3500 with an APR of 12%. The app has also integrated a payroll service called “Square Payroll” that will help businesses save time and money on taxes.
“Square is taking advantage of the opportunity provided by technology to disrupt financial services. By integrating new and existing tools, we’re helping give businesses better resources, tools, and information to grow their business,” said Jacqueline Reses, Square’s SVP of Business Development.
Square has also developed tools and services that are designed to help businesses use their mobile phone as a point of sale.
Square Reader is a reader that connects to the Square app on smartphones which enables businesses to accept card payments at the point of sale. The Square reader’s features include:
Square Register is an iPad application for accepting card payments with a tablet. Features include:
The Square Stand is a countertop register that accepts both credit and debit cards.
Square is based in San Francisco, California and has raised over $400 million since its inception in 2009. The company was founded by Jack Dorsey, who is also the founder and CEO of Twitter.
The company has drawn criticism over its fees, which are higher than those charged by market leaders Visa and MasterCard. Square charges a 2.75% fee on all card processing transactions, making it the highest payment processor in the U.S. However, Square does not charge for card processing for sales made at food trucks using their Square Reader. The company is also known for their rejection of all types of historically underrepresented groups from being merchants on the Square Register.
In September 2015, the company rolled out a referral program code called SqRt that matched customers who referred new users to a unique referral code, which was automatically applied to their first order as a customer of the Square service. SqRt was criticized as a “nefarious” tactic, by people who had been referred and took a long time to redeem, even after being reminded of the referral code. The company halted use of SqRt in February 2016.
In January 2016, Square cut the fees charged on all credit and debit card processing by 20%, but the company did not offer any financial incentives to merchants for making sales through the app. Square also did not offer any financial incentives for consumers to use their app or card.
At an event in March 2016, the company announced a new partnership with MasterCard. Under the terms of the deal, Square would be able to process all credit cards that a business is able to accept, including MC and Visa Debit cards and MasterPass. The announcement came days after the company released its new short-term loan program called “Square Capital.
In April 2016, Square announced plans to integrate its new point of sale hardware and software into the hardware used at McDonald’s and Wendy’s restaurants. The strategy was intended to drive more mobile transactions for the fast food franchises as well as expand their customer base.
In December, 2016 Square’s stock began to trade over the counter, making it available to all investors without being registered with an exchange.
In May 2017, Square announced that it would be making a move into the prepaid debit card market with its own Money card. The new release would allow users to load money onto the prepaid card at any point of sale accepting Bitcoin or Visa. The launch was planned for summer 2017, with customers being able to choose from five different designs in a variety of colors.
In early 2018, the company was involved in an issue where two of their cryptocurrency exchanges were hacked and approximately $125M had been stolen as a result. This issue caused the company’s stock to drop significantly in value and has been linked to Jack Dorsey stepping down from his position as CEO.