3G back up for retail credit card processing and Cadbury Creme Eggs

by Trefor Davies on Wednesday, 22 February, 2012

Creme Egg photos courtesy of Cadbury - yum yumJust had a pot of tea at the St Pancras Renaissance 5star hotel – as you do. It’s my home from home in St Pancras. When it came to paying their credit card machines weren’t working – internet was down. They had to resort to the old fashioned paper imprint machine. I think retailers pay more commission for manual transactions because they are more prone to fraud. Not ideal but at least they were able to take my payment I guess.

They need a 3G back up service for their credit car processing system. Would save a lot of hassle and probably pay for itself in reduced fees – have you seen the price of a cuppa there?

Last weekend I was turned away from the Shell Garage on Burton Road in Lincoln. They were only doing cash sales as guess what – their credit card system wasn’t working. They didn’t actually turn me away – I took that decision myself. Sometimes these decisions are easy.

Credit card swipe systems these days either use ISDN or broadband connectivity. Had the Shell garage had a 3G backup it would have saved them a lot of cash. I don’t know the sums but if for the sake of argument the average tankful was £80, 10 lanes and 5 minutes per fill-up then that works out at nearly ten grand an hour plus all the Cadbury Creme Egg sales that generate the real gross margin.

Watch this space.

See ya.

PS I like Cadbury Creme Eggs – just sayin’

{ 3 comments }

big evil February 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm

To fill your tank with Creme Eggs would have cost £80? :)

BE

tref February 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

My tank isn’t that big mate – my teeth would be wrecked before it got full anyway.

Jonny February 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm

You’d be surprised how many retailers still use POTS (dialup) for their credit card processing. More common in the restaurant industry though.

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