SumUp Success Story

The Customer

SumUp is the leading mobile point of sale (mPOS) solutions provider in Europe. The company's goal is to revolutionize the payment market worldwide. With the SumUp Terminal, merchants can accept card payments using their smartphone or tablet in a simple, secure and cost effective way.

SumUp also offers an iPad-based POS system with the Point of Sale Box. The solutions consist of a proprietary and EMV certified end-to-end payment gateway, terminal hardware, and mobile apps. SumUp is authorized as a payment institution by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). SumUp is also certified by Europay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV), and PCI-DSS.

Since entering the market in August 2012, SumUp has expanded into a total of 15 countries, including Germany, UK, Brazil and the USA. The company is funded by American Express, Groupon, BBVA Ventures, and a number of other reputable venture capital firms.

The Challenge

The SumUp Point of Sale Register features intuitive operation with maximum flexibility, so dealers can save on long periods of training for their employees. It was essential for SumUp to look for barcode scanners that were as intuitive and easy to use as their popular POS solution.

The Business Owner of Point of Sale at SumUp - Jacques Hörter - and Managing Director - Christoph Hilbert - at ime mobile solutions first made the acquaintance of Socket Mobile’s distributor at a trade show. After a subsequent presentation in Berlin, it was decided to integrate the Socket Mobile scanner into the cash register software of the mPOS specialist.

The Socket Mobile Solution

The Socket Mobile ecosystem was a compelling choice for two reasons. First, its excellent compatibility with Apple® products, thanks to an integrated Apple chip; second, the Socket Scan 10 Software Development Kit enables this compatibility to be fully brought to life. This achievement for SumUp also means that the software application controls the scanner and not visa versa. This is the only way for the user to really take advantage of the many additional functions of the scanner in a transparent, stable and reliable way.

Of course, the scanners themselves underwent product testing, the outcome of which helped form the final decision. Jacques Hörter was very enthusiastic because of the convenience and robustness of the hardware and their ease of use for the user.

The Results

The SumUp Point of Sale business owner further praised the product saying, “We subjected the scanner to a stress test: Using 20 checkouts side by side with scanners at the 'Berlin Vital' expo prior to the Berlin Marathon. The scanners withstood the enormous pressure without any problems. I am impressed!”

“We look forward to a long and successful collaboration,” says Christoph Hilbert from ime mobile solutions. “The Socket Mobile scanners with iOS hardware are our driving force for the mPOS market.” He added, with a view to the future, “We see strong growth in this market in the coming year.”