Square Mobile Platform Doubles Down on Retail Presence

Mobile payments juggernaut Square is rapidly expanding its presence in retail across the United States.

This week, the company founder by Twitter pioneer Jack Dorsey announced that its card reader is available at more than 20,000 retail locations nationwide, including Walgreens, Staples Inc., and FedEx Office stores.

“Accepting credit cards should be as easy as buying supplies at your local store,” said Jeffrey Kolovson, head of Retail Distribution at Square. “We are working with leading retailers including Walgreens, Staples, and FedEx Office to give business owners convenient access to the Square Card Reader, the easiest way to accept credit card payments and grow their business.”

The company says its Square Card Reader is now available in more than 7,000 Walgreens stores, 1,500 Staples stores, and 1,500 FedEx Office stores.

If you’re not familiar, the Square Card Reader plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone, iPad, or Android device and enables anyone to take credit card payments.

More than one million individuals and businesses have signed up with Square, which is processing payments at an annualized rate of over $5 billion.

For the time being, Square offers Square Card Reader, Square Register, and Pay with Square.