January 16, 2013—PayPal wants to be a major player in the point-of-sale service. The online payment processing company announced earlier this week they had exceeded their goal of signing up 20 large national retailers to its POS service by the end of 2012. PayPal’s VP of Retail service said the company currently has 23 retailers in agreements for the service.
“The vision we started to lay out in 2012 is quickly becoming a reality, and when you now walk into 18,000 physical stores around the U.S., you see the PayPal name when checking out, making the reality of any time, anywhere payments come alive.”
Brands in agreement with PayPal’s new Point-of-sale service include: Famous Footwear, Dollar General, Mapco Express, RadioShack, Spartan Stores, Abercrombie & Fitch, Advance Auto Parts, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Barnes & Noble, Foot Locker, Guitar Center, the Home Depot, Jamba Juice, JC Penney, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Nine West, Office Depot, Rooms To Go, Tiger Direct, ToysRUs.
PayPal also announced it is testing a new service for smartphones that will allow customers to bypass waiting in line at retail stores. At the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York this week, PayPal said it is testing the new “order-ahead feature” with Jamba Juice in Emeryville, CA. Using the PayPal app, users can locate the Emeryville store via their smartphone, click on the order-ahead button and schedule a pick-up time.
A spokesperson for eBay payments said, “When picking-up your beverage, you can bypass the line and cashier and get your smoothie right away.”