Over the next few months I’m going to test whether it’s possible to travel throughout New Mexico and Alaska and other sites without cash. So far I have managed to use credit cards at unlikely spots such as very small stores and craft fairs. Caught cashless at a cute craft fair, I was pleasantly surprised when the vendor used an iPad with a card reader and software from Square (https://squareup.com) to process my purchase and send me an email receipt. While it has been over a year since I got this purse and it’s showing the results of daily abuse, it’s still one of my favorite fashion finds. Now the question is. . .how far can I take the cashless phenomenon? Can I spend a year of traveling and purchasing without using cash?
This article talks about some of the pluses and minuses of the new retail technologies the future of retail checkout