ShopKeep has announced an update to its point-of-sale app to support Apple Pay mobile payments. The company is also offering free Apple Pay-compatible hardware to new merchants who sign up for its system.
The official ShopKeep point-of-sale app for iPad partners with Ingenico to integrate support for the iCMP card reader. The reader supports legacy magnetic swipe, EMV chip cards, and NFC-based contactless payments, including Apple Pay.
The new ShopKeep NFC (and therefore Apple Pay) compatible hardware will run $259 for current customers, the new iPad accessory will be free for new merchants who adopt the platform.
Monthly charges for the ShopKeep system are $49 per month, per register. That covers management of transactions, inventory, and customer information. The point-of-sale system is compatible with accessories such as receipt printers, cash drawers, credit card readers, barcode scanners, and more.
The update and free hardware are part of an effort for ShopKeep to catch up with rival Square, which has a significantly larger install base. Square says it expects to offer Apple Pay-compatible hardware in 2015, but it hasn’t announced a specific date.