Amazon.com announced Amazon Local Register, a secure card reader and mobile app that provides local businesses with the ability to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet. Amazon Local Register customers will have access to the Amazon.com customer support team, as well as in-app tracking tools. Customers who sign up for Amazon Local Register before October 31 will also receive a low promotional rate of 1.75% per card swipe on all major credit and debit cards until January 1, 2016.
Customers can get started with Amazon Local Register in three steps: create an account, purchase a $10 card reader, and download the free mobile app from Amazon Appstore, Apple App Store, or Google Play. Starting today, the card reader is available with Free Two-Day Shipping on Amazon.com.
Beginning August 19, customers can also purchase a card reader at Staples retail locations. The Amazon Local Register card reader and free mobile app are compatible with a variety of smartphones and tablets, including Apple devices running iOS7, Kindle Fire tablets, select Android smartphones, and coming soon to the Fire phone. Each customer's first $10 in transaction fees will be credited back to the customer's account once Amazon Local Register is in use, allowing customers to recoup the cost of the card reader. Money from transactions can be deposited directly into a bank account within one business day, or spent on Amazon.com within minutes