New software hopes to bring Canadian shoppers to Spokane

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by Hayley Guenthner and KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 5:41 PM

SPOKANE-- New software is helping Canadian shoppers spend their money a little easier in Spokane.    
   
Most U.S. cash registers can't process foreign cards, but a quick fix is letting Canadians swipe their debit cards over the border.

The program is called Canada Certified. It will allow Spokane shops to accept all Canadian preferred forms to pay, including debit cards.

Before, Canadians would often have to go to an ATM or pay credit.

Local businesses say they’re hopeful it will help get more customers through their doors.

The new program comes just two months after the increase in allowable duty free amounts Canadians can bring across the border.

As of June, Canadians can bring back up to eight hundred dollars worth of products without worrying about tax.   

Spokane businesses who want to get involved just need to contact the company Nxgen to get hooked up with the new software.

There is a cost to upgrade to the new debit card technology. Creators believe the software will pay for itself because of increased revenue from Canadian shoppers.
 

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