While Starbucks has partnered with mobile payment service Square to make cash register interactions (reputedly) quick and easy in the United States, most coffee places in Paris still require a minimum for credit cards, if they accept them at all. But at Ten Belles, a small café off Canal St. Martin, card transactions are accepted through Tactill, a French iPad app. “It’s good for us,” Ten Belles barista Chris Nielson told TabAdapt. “It’s easy to work, easy function. I’m not sure it’d be good for a big hotel or anything, but it works for us.”
TacTill puts the emphasis on “child-like simplicity” and speed, with a color-coded product menu and two-touch check out process. This especially delights old-school French shopkeepers who avoid technology because it’s just “too complicated.” In addition, like Square’s “Business in a Box” offer, TacTill provides a “pack de démarrage” (launch kit) including an iPad stand, receipt printer, and cash drawer.
As the Paris’ coffee scene grows, tablet registers provide the convenience to attract an international crowd on both sides of the counter. Ten Belles plays host to baristas from England, France, and Australia, while their customer base reaches far wider. For a small business serving a diverse audience, their iPad register is sufficiently agile and easy to use. Paris in 2013 is proof that an old city can still learn new tricks.