Square Order Wants to Save You Some Time

Written By Scott Joseph On May 23, 2014

Are you familiar with Square? If you’ve bought goodies from a food truck and paid with a credit card, chances are good that the transaction was processed using Square, the little white doohickey that plugs into the headphone jack of a phone or tablet. The doohickey allows the merchant to swipe the credit card and get paid. It’s pretty cool. I have one just in case someone says they’d like to give me some money but unfortunately all they have is a credit card. I’m ready for them. Square makes money by keeping a percentage of the transaction.

Now the Square people, who are actually pretty cool, would like to get you to order your food using Square, too. According to this article from Mashable, Square Order is a new app that will allow you to preorder food from participating restaurants and have it all ready to be picked up when you get there. I assume the transaction is processed through Square, too. So they still get their percentage.

I don’t think we’re talking about fine dining places. I hope we don’t get to that. But fast casual? Sure, why not? Or is that making things too automated? Maybe this is the latter-day answer to the intercom box in the drive-through at the fast food restaurant.

This isn’t new. PayPal has a similar service, so obviously the tech world is thinking we’re all going to go crazy for this type of advance ordering.

I’ve downloaded the Square Order app and will give it a test drive soon. In the meantime, what do you think? Is this something you would use?

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