Industry News | May 17, 2013

Leaf Upgrades Payment Options for Small Businesses

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Leaf, creator of the world’s first tablet specifically designed for commerce, unveiled the second version of its LeafPresenter with hardware and software improvements that make it easier for local merchants to run and grow their business.

Out of the box, the LeafPresenter provides small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) with a feature-rich mobile ordering and checkout device capable of accepting payments via their choice of processor, as well as next-generation payment methods such as PayPal, LevelUp, and other mobile wallets.

Version two of the LeafPresenter introduces numerous hardware enhancements, including an improved camera capable of reading 1D and 2D barcodes; a second camera on the front of the tablet; a HD-quality display; and a more efficient battery that charges faster and stays charged longer. 

All of these enhancements are built into a smaller, lighter, and more rugged tablet that’s designed to meet the needs of various environments in which local merchants conduct business. 

From restaurants, where busy servers require a light and durable device with lasting battery life, to food trucks that require high-resolution displays to be legible in bright sunlight, the updated design and advanced technology included in the new LeafPresenter can meet a wide range of business needs. 

In addition, it is powered by an updated version of the Leaf OS, a custom operating system designed for payment security, speed, and usability.

The new LeafPresenter also makes Near Field Communication (NFC); Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV); and gift card support standard features. This reinforces the company’s open approach to payment acceptance, which gives businesses the freedom to accept new forms of payment and work with the traditional payment provider of their choice, all from one device. 

In addition, advanced technology included in the new LeafPresenter gives third-party developers all the options they might need when building apps to be included in the Leaf Appstore, the first app store specifically for small business.

“Leaf is on a mission to turn standard point of sale into point of smart interactions for small businesses, so it’s important that we stay on the cutting edge of technology,” says Aron Schwarzkopf, CEO of Leaf. 

“Cameras on phones and tablets have been used in niche cases for payment and loyalty, but I’m sure we haven’t even scratched the surface of how tablet hardware can improve the customer experience,” he adds. “We want to enable creative developers on our platform to have all the tools they need to come up with game-changing ideas. The combination of secure payment technology with the latest hardware and Internet connectivity in the LeafPresenter creates limitless possibilities for them.”