Announcement • Product Release

    Introducing Boulevard Duo: Beautiful Payments Hardware By Design

    By Matt Danna


    Salons and spas deserve hardware that looks as gorgeous as the way they help their clients feel.

    At Boulevard, we believe that simple solutions require the most sophistication, and we design every detail to delight our partners and their discerning clientele. After over a year of research, design and testing, I’m excited to announce our entrance into the world of payments hardware with the release of Boulevard Duo.

    Why Custom Payments Hardware?

    For businesses on legacy technology, the checkout process following an appointment is universally dreaded by both service providers and their clients alike. Too often, it involves worrying about cash or mental math for gratuity, purchasing retail products, fiddling with clunky credit card terminals, and pre-booking the next appointment. All while there are multiple clients behind also waiting to be checked out.  While having a modern, integrated POS can avoid most of the awkwardness, businesses are left with limited options for credit card readers. After looking all over for potential hardware solutions that our partners would be proud to display at their front desk, we came up short and realized we’d need to build it ourselves. And so we set out to marry function and form in a meaningful way to provide a seamless, sophisticated checkout experience.

    Beautiful On The Inside And Out

    Duo Sketches Image

    Inside Duo, you'll find state-of-the-art EMV and NFC technology for accepting chip cards and contactless payments like Apple Pay and Google Pay. It’s paired with the latest version of Bluetooth v4.2 for an encrypted, lightning-fast connection and powered by a lithium ion rechargeable battery with enough juice to process over 500 transactions on a single charge. Given that magnetic stripe cards and the need for collecting signatures are being phased out by the card brands, we decided on a smaller footprint without a swipe reader. A feature unique to the Boulevard Duo is the portable sliding top, which enables payments to be collected beyond the front desk.

    Built exclusively for Boulevard Partners

    With its inviting design aesthetic and features such as discreet tipping and flexible payment options, Boulevard Duo enables salons and spas to deliver delightful client experiences. And because Duo syncs with Boulevard’s platform, we can alleviate back-end payroll complexity and enable businesses to quickly and easily reconcile bank deposits with all their appointments and sales history in one convenient place.

    More to Come

    We started Boulevard because the beauty industry has been so underserved by technology. We’ve spent countless hours on-site at leading salons and spas, and witnessed first-hand the struggles from outdated systems.  Earlier this year, we announced Boulevard Payments, the first Payment Facilitator for the beauty and wellness industry. Boulevard Duo is our latest addition to our growing FinTech offering, all specifically designed to better serve the unique needs of our industry. We’re excited to continue empowering the businesses that help us look and feel our best – one client, professional, appointment, and location at a time. And we’re just getting started.

    Boulevard was built to help your business achieve profitability at scale without losing an inch of sanity. See for yourself! Get a free demo today.

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