CCG is Your Best Source for FirstData Clover POS Systems

When it comes to all-in-one retail systems that you can quickly set up, take payments, and manage just about all of your customer and employee needs, we’re pretty psyched about FirstData’s family of Clover point-of-sale (POS) systems.

Clover POS systems make running your business a breeze.
You can take orders and accept payments from just about anywhere, and you can accept every kind of credit, debit, and gift cards, as well as NFC and mobile wallets. Offer digital receipts and one-touch tipping. Easily process refunds, returns, and exchanges. Enable online ordering and contactless payments for faster, safer transactions and greater customer satisfaction. You can even set up automatic tax rates to be applied to all your sales.

Keep Customers Coming Back
In these days when it’s harder to make a real connection with customers, Clover systems help you get to know your customers better. Automatically generate customer profiles with contact info, birthdays, and order histories. Communicate with your customers privately and get firsthand feedback on their experience quickly and privately. Make announcements, send custom promotions, and marketing campaigns via email, text, or the Clover app.

Oversee Your Whole Staff
When it comes to managing your staff, Clover systems let you anticipate busy times on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis so you can manage shifts and schedules. Set individual employee permissions based on your team’s structure and responsibilities, and view employee sales, tips, and refunds so you keep on top of register activity. And since Clover doesn’t charge per employee, you can make it available to your whole team.

Why Use Commonwealth When Selecting a Clover POS System?
As a smart consumer, you may be wondering why you would purchase your Clover POS system through Commonwealth Consulting Group versus going direct with FirstData. We’re glad you asked! First and foremost, our costs are lower so we can most likely offer you better pricing on equipment, but there’s no replacing the prompt and knowledgeable local service we offer at CCG. We’re always available to walk you through the process of making sure you have the right system for your busy needs and that you are using the system you purchase effectively.

Have we piqued your interest? Give us a call at 800-866-3944 and we’ll be happy to help you find the Clover POS system that is perfect for your business.


What Are Mobile Payments and Why They’re a Good Thing

Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay are all mobile payment tools utilizing near field communications (NFC) technology. NFC has been around since the early 2000s but up until the last few years it hasn’t been a common way to make a payment. The adoption of chip based (EMV) credit and debit cards in the U.S. has forced most merchants to upgrade their payment acceptance hardware to allow for chip payments. In doing so, NFC capable devices became a lot more prevalent in the marketplace. Today, in the U.S., you can pay with a smartphone or smartwatch at most major retailers and at approximately half of all small businesses.

The mobile wallets behind Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay safeguard your payment information when you complete a transaction by utilizing a unique card ID every time. By doing this, it makes that card information useless to a thief or hacker as that card number was only good for that one transaction. This level of protection is a main driving force behind why consumers are using mobile payments more often. Secondly, not having to search for a card in your wallet or purse makes the payment transaction a lot more convenient.

In Europe, mobile payments have become much more common because public transportation systems are utilizing NFC based smartphone wallets for fares. Passengers who use smartphone wallets eliminate the need for paper or plastic cards and can add money to their public transportation wallet, for the system that they are utilizing, right through their phone instead of on a machine at each subway or train stop. As this type of technology comes to major cities in the U.S., there will likely be a significant increase in the use of mobile payments compared to taking out a physical card. It should also help reduce the overall operating costs for our various public transportation systems.

By combining technology with real world systems, mobile payments will make soon make transactions like riding the subway easier and help ensure consumer credit and debit card safety. This win-win scenario is a sign of things to come and a boon for business and consumers.