The amazing promise of electronic payments

Part of our series on the future of Main Street

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The ease of an electronic payment transaction can be downright glorious for a cash-strapped, time-pressed customer. With a phone or tablet in close range of a register, you can buy your groceries without ever swiping a credit card or reaching into your wallet. It's extremely convenient, particularly now that Apple and several major banks are on board.

And yet, small businesses have yet to embrace the technology en masse.

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