Groupon today announced Gnome, a new point-of-sale system that integrates with the company's network of daily local deals. The iPad-based system provides a payment processing system as well as customer management tools for merchants that offer Groupon deals.

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In addition to serving as an all-in-one cash register solution, Gnome allows customers to redeem their purchased Groupon offers either manually through the system or automatically if they have the Groupon app installed on their smartphone. Merchants can then access this customer data and use it to help improve future deals. It also improves the overall experience by minimizing those unfortunate occurrences when a user enters a business to redeem a deal, and the business is not equipped to process the offer.

"When it's complete, Gnome will serve as an operating system for merchants to run their entire operation and enable them to create real-time promotions that bring customers into their business when they need them the most," Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky said in a release. "Gnome is an important step towards our long-term mission of creating a world where merchants are constantly connected to the Groupon local commerce platform."

Extending beyond Groupon vouchers, the POS system also can accept traditional payments, similar to Square's Square Register. This Gnome system provides emailed receipts, calculates taxes, and helps manage inventory for the retailer. According to Re/Code, Groupon is charging 1.8 percent plus 15 cents for Visa and Mastercard transactions, along with a $10 monthly Gnome fee, for the POS service.

Groupon Gnome is already in use by select retailers with "tens of thousands" of merchants expected adopt the system in the coming months.

Top Rated Comments

Kaibelf Avatar
100 months ago
Ties in with Groupon? :rolleyes:

This register really is a POS.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jc1350 Avatar
100 months ago
IAMAL - I wonder if this product name legally conflicts with the Gnome desktop environment.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2457282 Avatar
100 months ago
I have used from the end user perspective the squareregister and very much liked the experience. Many folks that I have spoken to from the merchant perspective have also spoken very well about the Square system. I do not see anything here other than being able to use a groupon code with the system. Although that is a nice integration, it will be interesting to see if that is enough to draw merchants to this system.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleP59 Avatar
100 months ago
Nice.
I always love to use the iPod touch point of sale devices they use at the apple store. They are the best advertising for how useful their produces are.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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