By Tom Jackson
South African payments company Yoco has announced it now has 10,000 SMEs across the country using its point of sale (PoS) platform to accept card payments.
The company is adding over 1,000 new SMEs to its base every month, making it the largest independent mobile PoS player in South Africa by number of merchants.
Yoco was launched the simple idea that all businesses should be able to accept card payments irrespective of size or maturity. It launched at the end of 2015, after a successful beta programme, with 500 merchants.
At the end of 2016, the company announced it had acquired over 5,000 SME merchants, growing by a factor of 10 in a year. Now, the company has doubled in size since the beginning of the year.
“Many SMEs struggle to get a card payment solution from the traditional providers because the traditional offerings do not cater for small or young businesses,” said co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Katlego Maphai.
Minimum trading history, 12-24-month lock-in contracts and an often month-long application process are just some of the hurdles faced by SMEs when applying for a card machine.
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