Communication and payments platform Podium has released Podium Card Readers, POS-connected devices designed to provide more ways for local businesses to collect and manage their payments. Card Readers can enable frictionless payments via text and in-store, allowing local businesses to connect payments to the entire customer journey in one place.
The Podium Card Readers are available in both mobile and stationary models. Mobile card readers connect via Bluetooth to Podium’s mobile app, while stationary readers connect via secure WiFi to a computer, tablet or mobile device. The readers support chip insert, chip tap, swiping and mobile wallets, and can send text/email receipts automatically after payment.
The Podium suite also enables retailers to set up recurring payments in person, with subsequent charges occurring via text or email. Additionally, refunds never expire and are paid to the customer through Podium. Customers receive an automatic text letting them know their refund is being sent to their bank.
Businesses can see the entire transaction and communication history with every customer in a single thread. All Card Readers meet or exceed all PCI compliance standards and are designed to help protect retailers against fraudulent EMV transactions.