| SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO Aug 13 Amazon.com Inc
unveiled a $10 credit-card reader and mobile app for
brick-and-mortar businesses on Wednesday, marking the latest
step by the U.S. online retailer to expand its presence in the
The move pits Amazon against a slew of rivals, including
startup Square, which popularized a payments dongle that allowed
small- and mid-sized businesses like food trucks, coffee shops
and personal trainers to quickly accept credit and debit cards.
The new point-of-sale system, called Amazon Local Register,
would give Amazon crucial data on how U.S. consumers shop
offline. More than 90 percent of U.S. retail sales still take
place in physical stores, according to U.S. government data.
Amazon hopes to court small businesses in part by charging
lower fees than Square and eBay Inc's PayPal unit.
Those who sign up for Amazon's program before Oct. 31 will be
charged 1.75 percent for each card swiped until January 2016.
For those who sign up after October, Amazon will take a 2.5
percent cut of each card swipe, still less than Square's 2.75
percent flat transaction rate and PayPal's 2.7 percent.
(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)