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First Data Announces Clover Go

First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, has announced the availability of Clover® Go, the latest addition to the Clover family of business management solutions. The EMV-enabled card reader plugs into an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone and works with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, allowing business owners of all sizes to seamlessly and securely accept payments outside of a traditional brick-and-mortar setting. Clover Go provides multi-merchant and multi-user functionality, enabling business owners to toggle between different store locations and provide access to an unlimited number of employees. Business owners can also choose whether to use Clover Go as a standalone device or take advantage of its interoperability with the full Clover product suite.

“While the Clover platform serves businesses of all sizes, Clover Go is especially beneficial for businesses with mobile workforces or entrepreneurs just starting out who want to accept transactions while complying with the EMV liability shift,” said Dan Charron, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Business Solutions, First Data. “Clover Go enhances our Clover product portfolio, which is designed to grow alongside our business owner clients as their needs evolve. Whether a business owner wants a card reader or the full Clover® Station, First Data has the solutions that help businesses prosper.”

To start processing with Clover Go, a business owner needs only to download the Clover App onto a tablet or smartphone and insert the card reader into the device’s headphone jack. Within the app, the business owner can assign dollar amounts including tax and tips to inventory as well as view transaction-level detail and the integration of data across all Clover devices in use by the business. If the user is already a Clover user, they can use their existing Clover credentials to log in to the app. Employees can also download the app on their own device, enter their own credentials and accept transactions for a given location. With multi-merchant and multi-user functionality, Clover Go makes it easy for businesses to accept payments anywhere, any time.

“When we support major arena events, it’s critical that we can process anywhere from $100,000 to $300,000 safely and securely in only a matter of hours,” said Cameron Garner, Director of Inventory Control & Risk for Salt Lake City, Utah-based Fanzz, a merchandise vendor for concerts and sporting events. “Clover Go makes it easy for us to accept payments on the fly as customers move through the arena. Better yet, being connected to the Clover platform allows us to customize the devices based on the specific product offerings of visiting sports teams or recording artists – all of which I can monitor via the app on my phone.”

“Our business is very customer service-oriented, which is why we need to be able to easily accept payments whether we make a house call to fix a computer virus or visit a commercial site for a server migration,” said Chris Barber, Chief Nerd of IT services company Cheaper Than A Geek. “Clover Go not only allows us to make transactions while in the field but gives us the peace of mind to know that they are secure.”

Clover Go users can customize their experience with web-based apps from the Clover App Market, one of the fastest-growing POS app markets. In addition to accepting EMV-enabled credit and debit cards, Clover Go also protects customer data with TransArmor®, First Data’s state-of-the-art security tool that increases payment security through encryption and tokenization. To better understand sales trends and the competitive landscape, business owners can leverage Insightics®, a data analytics tool, which is included in the Clover platform.

Clover Go joins Clover Station, Clover Flex, and Clover Mini as the latest solution in the Clover family. In 2013, First Data launched Clover Station, which quickly became one of the fastest-selling point-of-sale systems in the world. In 2014, First Data unveiled Clover Mobile, a high-powered portable system that enables transactions on the go, whether a business owner is accepting payments tableside or in a register line. Clover Mini debuted in 2015 and redefined the payment terminal, providing business owners with an “all-in-one” solution to streamline operations.

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