GustPay, mobile payments startup has introduced a new iPad based point of sale (POS) solution for restaurants and coffee shops.
Gust PayPoint is an iOS app which turns an iPad into a touch screen POS system and accepts smartphone payments. Gust’s PayPoint Dashboard lets merchants configure their stock items using a web browser. Merchants have the option to create daily specials and these specials are pushed to their customer’s smartphones using a location aware app called Gust Finder. “Our goal is to help merchants attract more recurring customers and build smarter customer relationships. With Gust, customers pay with a tap and a swipe on their phone. Merchants get to greet regulars by name and skip the hassle of cash,”” says Joe Botha, one of the GustPay founders. Gust PayPoint is less expensive than traditional POS systems and is part of an international trend towards using tablets to improve the in-shop payment experience. Recent mobile payment innovations are also making in-shop payments mobile, paperless and cashless. “”The future of commerce is completely mobile and connects the merchant and customer in new ways. Gust is designed for a complete purchasing cycle: our PayPoint Dashboard lets a merchant configure a special, customers find the special with Gust Finder which helps them navigate to a shop, Gust Pay offers a quick payment experience and gives the customer access to free in-shop WiFi, while Gust PayPoint processes the payment and offers detailed analytics,”” explains Botha. Industry analysts believe that 2013 will be the year in which more than 50% of new mobile phone sales in South Africa will be smartphone sales. Smartphones are now available from as little as $50 and this week sees the introduction of the least expensive iPad yet in South Africa. These trends point towards exciting and disruptive times, changing the way we discover products and pay for them. Gust Finder and Gust Pay are both available for Android and iOS.