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Square Teams With Software Startups to Hook in More Businesses

  • Company accesses larger retailers beyond own payment service
  • Agreements are with Vend, TouchBistro point-of-sale providers
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Square Spreads Electronic-Payments via Software Startups

Square Inc. unveiled deals with software startups Vend and TouchBistro, the latest partnerships that will offer its products to larger businesses that aren’t already customers of its electronic-payments system.

Vend provides point-of-sale software for more than 15,000 retailers, while TouchBistro has specialized point-of-sale software for restaurants in more than 35 countries. Merchants previously had to stitch together hardware and services from different providers. The agreements announced Monday will let these companies use Square’s payments and business-management services on top of their Vend or TouchBistro point-of-sale systems.