Kash aims to sidestep credit card fees and allow retailers to interact with consumers more directly
Starbucks has found a great deal of success in its mobile commerce endeavors, which has encouraged retailers to engage in the mobile space more aggressively. The company is considering offering its mobile payment technology to retailers, but this technology may not be available for some years. Kash is hoping to accelerate retailer’s entry into the mobile commerce space, offering them a way to accept payments from mobile devices and do away with credit cards and their fees.
Platform makes use of bank information rather than credit card information
Kash is a new platform available for iOS and Android devices. Users can make use of the application as soon as they download it and do not have to create an account before they are able to make a payment. Kash allows users to make use of their bank accounts rather than credit cards. They can use their bank’s login information instead of creating an account with the service. With payments being handled directly, retailers can have transactions processed in a single day rather than having to wait to receive payment for a week or more as it is processed by a third party.
Retailers express interest in Kash’s standalone scanner system
Retailers can sign up for Kash and receive assistance in setting up an online e-commerce portal. Kash does not currently offer equipment that can interface with modern point-of-sales systems, offering instead a standalone scanner that retailers can receive for free. Kash notes that retailers have expressed more interest in using their standalone system than waiting for features to be released that allow the Kash platform to interact with current point-of-sales systems.
Retailers could benefit from platforms like Kash
Retailers have been looking for ways to get into the mobile commerce field, but some have found this to be a difficult process. Engaging mobile consumers can be difficult because of their fickle nature and their unwillingness to tolerate platforms that are poorly designed. Retailers are relying on platforms like Kash to allow them to engage consumers in an effective manner.