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Tech upgrades for Savannah street vendors bring more ways to pay

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Tech upgrades for Savannah street vendors bring more ways to pay. (Credit: Shelbey Roberts)

This year's St. Patrick's Day celebration will see less green, as in less cash. That's because more people are using credit cards instead of cash. Thanks to a new partnership, many of Savannah's street-side vendors will be equipped to handle plastic.

The Savannah Downtown Business Association and First Data are partnering to bring "Clover" to the festival.

"Clover is actually launching a new mobile technology to take payments and with a name like Clover, St. Patrick's Day in Savannah and mobile food trucks, it seemed like a match made in heaven," said Karen Guinn, the president of the Downtown Business Association.

Now, Savannah food trucks and select wristband stations will take cash and cards.

"What's nice about offering credit card payments for our customers is that it speeds up the line, obviously no one's fumbling for cash," First Data's Vice President of Marketing, Mike Lazzaro said.

Customers like Amanda Smith, see the tech upgrade as an improvement from years past.

"I used cash last year so I wasn't really sure if they were going to take the card, but yeah it was really simple and it was really fast," said Smith.

The goal is to get folks in and out of lines, so they're not missing a beat of the St. Patrick's Day action.

"We really want it as easy and convenient for people as possible," Guinn said. "So you can come in if you have cash or you have credit card, no worries. We can take care of you...and then you can get back out there to the festivities."