ATLANTA, GA–April 13, 2016– Sage, a market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, today announced that nearly 30 Girl Scout councils and more than 3,800 troops across the U.S. are selling Girl Scout cookies using Sage Mobile Payments. In 2015, the Girl Scout councils that used Sage Mobile Payments to sell cookies using smartphones and tablets sold an average of five boxes per transaction, up from four boxes per transaction the previous year (2014).
“Many people don’t carry cash or checks, so accepting credit cards with Sage Mobile Payments allows our Girl Scouts to sell cookies to a lot more people,” said Alisha Moore, chief customer experience officer with Girl Scouts Louisiana East in New Orleans. “Cookie sales for the troops in our council using Sage Mobile Payments increased by 13 percent, and the per-girl-average in those troops increased from 156 boxes to 177 boxes. Just as important, using Sage Mobile Payments exposes the girls to a growing technology and helps them learn about different sales tactics and multiple payments types.”
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country, generating more than $780 million and serving as the primary funding for Girl Scout councils.
“Our troops have seen their cookie sales increase almost 14 percent when using Sage Mobile Payments,” said John Graves, chief financial officer with Girl Scouts of North East Ohio in Macedonia, Ohio, and Crain’s Cleveland Business NonProfit CFO of the Year for 2015. “Troop leaders love that sales receipts go straight into their troops’ bank accounts, and they receive detailed daily reports from Sage, documenting those deposits. In addition, Sage Mobile Payments is the only way our troops can successfully operate cookie booths at large convention center events attended by tens of thousands of participants. The troops couldn’t keep up in busy venues without it.”
“Just as Sage invests in making a difference through the Sage Foundation, Sage is active in supporting our local communities and organizations, like the Girl Scouts,” said Paul Bridgewater, CEO of Sage Payment Solutions, the payments division for Sage North America. “We’re proud to have been able to work with our partners to provide the Girl Scouts with the lowest possible transaction rate, and, of course, we enjoy purchasing and eating Girl Scout cookies.”
The Girl Scouts was started in 1912 by Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low in Savannah, Ga. Today, there are 2.7 million Girl Scouts. For more information about Girl Scouts and to find a local council, visit: http://www.girlscouts.org/
To find Girl Scout Cookies, use the Cookie Finder: http://www.girlscouts.org/en/cookies/all-about-cookies/How-to-Buy.html
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