Whole Foods Begins Offering Square Payments for Speedy Checkouts at Specialty Counters


Square register swiping credit card at food market

Square, the payment services company that allows payments to be accepted through mobile devices, is bringing a speedier checkout to select Whole Foods stores throughout the U.S. in what is Square’s biggest partnership since Starbucks began using Square to process payments in 2012.

As part of a new partnership between Square and the natural foods market, Whole Foods is installing Square Stands at on-the-go food venues within select Whole Foods. Using the iPads and Square Register software embedded in these stands, customers can pay for items from Whole Foods’ sandwich counters, juice and coffee bars, pizzerias and beer and wine bars using their credit cards or the credentials stored in their Square Wallet mobile app. This will allow customers purchasing only a few things to bypass the stores’ front-end checkout lanes and complete their purchases faster.

The Square Wallet app also enables customers to browse Whole Foods items, sales and track purchases.

“With Square, Whole Foods Market will enable commerce in more parts of their stores with easy, accessible tools that showcase the best of what’s achievable in the service of retailers and customers,” said Square co-Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

So far seven Whole Foods stores already use Square Stand, including locations in Austin, New York, San Francisco and Florida. It’s not yet clear how many Whole Foods stores will begin using Square Stand.

Though the partnership adds heft to the utility of Square’s services, it’s not as clear what Whole Foods is getting out of the deal – why doesn’t Whole Foods just use its own POS system for speedy food venue checkouts? As Jason Del Rey at Re/code points out, Whole Foods might be testing Square Stand for a wider rollout of Square services throughout its stores. Square’s press release corroborates this idea, stating that several Whole Foods locations will serve as “lab stores” for additional testing. “Together with Square, we’ll deliver options to expedite checkouts, and we look forward to developing new concepts to further simplify and improve grocery shopping,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.

This is Square’s first partnership with a national grocer.

Square recently launched payment code, a service that allows merchants to accept mobile phone payments with their existing POS equipment.

Have you used Square Stand yet to check out at a Whole Foods store?



Feedly/Evernote Integration, Fading T-Shirts, and Keyboard Counters


Readers offer their best tips for adding Evernote integration to Feedly, keeping your T-shirts unfaded, and quickly counting just about anything with your computer.

Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.

Add Evernote Integration to Feedly for Free

Feedly/Evernote Integration, Fading T-Shirts, and Keyboard Counters

Chris sends Feedly articles to Evernote without paying for Pro:

Currently Feedly does not have direct Evernote integration. It announced that one step Evernote integration would be made available in its premium featured pro version costing 5 dollars a month, apart from some other perks.

If Evernote integration is the only feature you want from Feedly, no need to go for the pro version. The basic version of Feedly supports email forwarding!

Go to Feedly settings on your phone and configure the “Mail CC” value as your Evernote unique email ID.

Once this is done, each time you wish to send an article from Feedly to Evernote, just click on the mail icon. The To column would remain blank, but the CC column would be holding your Evernote email ID by default. Just click send, and the post is forwarded into Evernote.

Wash T-Shirt Inside-Out to Avoid Fading

Feedly/Evernote Integration, Fading T-Shirts, and Keyboard Counters

Gabriel keeps his T-shirts in tip top shape:

I own a lot of graphic T-shirts which would always fade after a year or so so they looked really old. After a little research, I discovered you can preserve them much longer by turning them inside-out before you wash (and washing with cold water, obviously). It’s helped a lot of my T-shirts survive much longer.

Photo by Martha Silva.

Turn Your Computer’s Calculator Into a Simple Counter

Feedly/Evernote Integration, Fading T-Shirts, and Keyboard Counters

Lowell shares a clever use for his PC’s calculator:

I discovered something interesting recently: you can use the calculator on Windows and OS X as a digital “click counter.” Plug in 1+1, then just hit Enter to make the count go up by one each time.

I just used it on this list of wedding guests… so easy and helpful.

Make Headings in Kinja with a Keyboard Shortcut

Our own Adam Dachis discovers a hidden shortcut in Kinja, our new blogging and comment system, which I wrote up over at Hackerspace:

Hey everyone! Really quick tip that Dachis discovered this week. If you want to add a subhead to your post in Kinja, you don’t have to add the HTML manually: just press Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, or Ctrl+3.

Ctrl+1 (or Command+1 if you’re on a Mac) makes the text H1 sized, Ctrl+2 does H2, and so on. So you can make:

Medium subheads (h3)

All the way down to small subheads (h6)

…and everything in between. Over at Lifehacker we usually use H3s and H4s exclusively.

It’s useful if you’re doing your own blog post (like our new How You Work series) or just writing a really long comment.