If you haven't already heard of Square (http://www.squareup.com) then you probably will soon. Created by Jack Dorsey, the same mind behind Twitter, the service has put small, free credit card readers into the hands of hundreds of thousands of people and made the ability to accept credit cards a reality for small business owners and infrequent Craigslist-sellers alike.
But now Dorsey and his innovative gang have something even more expensive and archaic than credit card processing in their sights: the traditional point-of-sale cash register may be the next to fall.
IKEA, the Swedish-founded furniture and home decor store that has been synonymous with saving the customer a few dollars by turning their products into do-it-yourself weekend projects is not only a model of iconic style and design, but also of how a company hellbent on providing the lowest possible price should operate in order to realize their goal.
There's no doubt that Wal-Mart has worked diligently to change the face of its company, painting themselves as a kinder, softer, and more considerate story and downplaying the eminent power they wield in the retail world. In fact, its probably accurate to say they are working harder to change their perception than to actually change their practices. A most recent change, shifting from the typeset spelling of Wal-Mart to Walmart, aims to personalize the name and make it more like a personal first name than a corporate entity.