Girl Scouts implement Sage Mobile Payments
February 27, 2013

Organizations in an ever-increasing variety of industries are beginning to launch mobile payments initiatives, signifying the impending end of cash-based economies. Businesses should consider adopting integrated payment systems to improve the customer experience and ensure that all potential transactions are captured at the point of sale.

BizReport recently explained that the Girl Scouts of America Cookie Fundraising program has partnered with Sage North America to accept mobile credit card payments. According to the news provider, Girl Scouts chapters in 23 states are now capable of accepting mobile payments through advanced processing technology that can be used on the go.

The source explained that 40,000 Girl Scouts have the tools necessary to accept mobile payments, which one study found to have increased revenues. For example, the Fresno, California chapter experienced massive growth following the mobile payments initiative, with annual transactions increasing from $20 million in 2011 to $80 million in 2012, representing 400 percent year-over-year growth. 

"Using Sage Mobile Payments is a great way for our girls to use technology to sell additional boxes of cookies," Carol Smith, a leader of Girl Scout Troop 24 in Solon, Ohio, explained to BizReport. "This is an example of something we teach our girls - using technology is a way to empower themselves."

Further, the news provider added that the organization released a Cookie Finder mobile app that is compatible with iPhones, iPads and Android-powered devices. This is expected to improve the visibility of each individual seller of the cookies, as whereabouts were not always advertised.

Small and medium-sized businesses can also benefit from implementing Sage Mobile Payments, as this will improve the customer experience for an affordable price. Sage Mobile Payments is custom-priced and designed to fit the needs of smaller-scale merchants, retailers and other organizations. 

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