Cookie Program Goes High Tech
Mobile Payment Credit Card readers are available for pick-up at your local Girl Scout Service Center during normal business hours. To obtain your pre-ordered card reader, the following information MUST be provided to the receptionist upon pick-up:
- A voided troop bank check with your name, address, city, state, zip, troop number and email address written on the check.
- A $20 payment to Girl Scouts of Western New York.
- Information on how to activate these readers will be provided to you upon receipt
Is your phone compatible? Compatible smart device or Tablet (check link for compatibility to your device-BOTH APP AND SWIPER) *Select G3X Swiper Support/App Support. Smart Phone through a major carrier (Verizon, ATT, Sprint) Data Plan for smart device. Other smart phones do not have enough power to use the device (Blackberry, prepaid T-Mobile and Cricket.)
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Here's how it works:
This device attaches to a smartphone or tablet (Click here to see if your device is compatible) and allows customers to purchase their cookies with the swipe of a card.
Payment will be processed through a mobile phone application and customers will sign a receipt via the touch screen. An e-mail record of the purchase can be sent to the customer.
If the sale is authorized, the funds are transmitted electronically from your customer's bank to your bank and a receipt is emailed to your customer.
The Girl Scout Troop gets a record of the sale, but no data is stored in the phone.
Troops will be responsible for purchasing the device. Transaction fees will be covered by the council.
Troops who are interested in using this payment option, please contact a GSWNY Product Sales Manager.
Here is what other councils have said about Sage Mobile Payments:
-Girl Scouts of North East Ohio ran a credit card pilot program last year. Troops who participated increased sales by 13%. Pilot troops increased their per girl average by 13 packages per girl.
-"For the first time ever, we'll be able to say yes to credit cards and process payments quickly right on our phones. And now that people can pay by credit card, it will make it easier to buy a bundle of cookies to donate to Cookie Share program."
-"One troop reported selling 20% more than they did on the same location the previous year. We also had a customer say he was taking out cash to buy two boxes, and he ended up buying seven because he was able to use his credit card."
-One customer purchased 10 packages and donated them to the troops overseas. She said she used her credit card because she never carries cash anymore. "I gave her my card, they zipped it through, and they were able to key in an email address that my receipt goes to," she said.