SumUp bolsters its offering with Amex support

Challenging Square and iZettle

Mobile plug-in card reader service, SumUp, is bolstering its payment offerings by adding support for American Express cards. SumUp says that merchants in a number of European cities, including UK, Germany, Ireland, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy, will be able to accept Amex cards from Q2 this year.

The news comes a day after European rival, iZettle, added chip-and-pin capabilities to its plug-in reader, enabling it to accept all major cards, including Visa, providing a boost to its hopes of merchant adoption. The firm also linked up with Banco Santander to aid its expansion across Europe.

US player Square is also broadening its service, launching a new point-of-sale (POS) set for merchants, dubbed ‘business in a box’. The set includes a cash register, two mobile plug-in readers, an iPad stand and a receipt printer, as it continues its efforts to convince retailers to adopt its mobile-based payment service.

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