Skyauth has launched its mPOS service for short-term-retailers by signing up its first customers, eight pop-up stores in Berlin.
London-based skyauth is a provider of cloud commerce services. Its popuppay platform offers support for cash, card and digital wallet payments, as well as stock control, fulfilment, and an audit trail of customers' browsing history.
Payments via skyauth's platform are routed to processors by payment gateway provider CreditCall, also based in London.
Skyauth said it will provide mPOS services to eight pop-up retailers at Berlin's Corio shopping center. It will work with We Are Pop Up, another London-based company, that connects merchants and landlords across Europe for short-term retail rentals. Skyauth plans further mPOS service rollout to other Corio international shopping centers later this year.
"The contract win by skyauth shows the strength of choosing a third-party partner to provide payment functionality for markets such as short-term retail," Siân Bosley, CreditCall's commercial director, said in a statement.
Skyauth said it is giving pop-up and short-term retailers the ability to take card payments and start trading quickly from redundant space. It helps these retailers overcome infrastructure problems that are one of the biggest hindrances to pop-up expansion by providing an out-of-the-box mPOS solution using CreditCall's software development kit.
A commercial pilot of popuppay was carried out last year at London's Boxpark pop-up mall.
As the retail industry goes through a significant structural change, pop-up stores are a growing trend in the short-term retail sector, Stephen Dix, skyauth's commercial director, said.
Robin Arnfield has been a technology journalist since 1983. His work has been published by ATM Marketplace, Bank Technology News, Cards & Payments,Cards International, Electronic Payments International, Retail Banker International, Kiosk Marketplace, Mobile Payments Today, Virtual Currency Today, and The Guardian.