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    Post Office Tests Mobile Checkout Technology

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    Over the holidays, the US Postal Service tested out a mobile checkout system they hope will shorten the time customers spend in line.

    Over the holidays, the US Postal Service tested out a mobile checkout system they hoped would shorten the time customers spent in line.

    The device is a modified iPod Touch that representatives carry with them. It’s able to process non-pin debit cards and credit cards.

    A printer worn on the belt spits out a receipt or postage as required.

    Customers are also given the option to have their proof of purchase emailed.

    It doesn’t come equipped with a scale, so the transaction types are limited.

    Stamps, items from the postal store, and flat-rate boxes are among the items the roving postal workers can accept.

    They can also assist with package pick-ups and pre-paid outgoing boxes as the device comes with scanning capabilities.

    Among the best parts is that many of the exchanges can take place right in the lobby, negating the need for an individual to further enter the building.

    During the December rush, the mobile point-of-sale system was used at 50 locations throughout the country and successfully processed over 102 thousand transactions.

    It’s unknown when or if the USPS plans to make this system part of their standard services countrywide.