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A recent article from Reforming Retail discussed the reasoning behind a recent acquisition of Cloud POS provider. The reasoning was to make the provider more competitive and address market needs. As I read through the article, I was reminded that the ambiguity surrounding the Cloud moniker has now reached the Point of Sale industry.
There are many Venture Capital-backed upstarts and “Next Gen” POS solution providers claiming to be cloud based. It is becoming the buzz in the industry. Just like Cloud Computing became an overused reference and everyone jumped on that bandwagon, the idea of having a Cloud POS system is becoming one, too. What we are forgetting, and should be talking about, is the customer experience, not just the platform or method of delivery. Let’s break it down a bit further….
It was 2004 when Hungry Howie’s Pizza (www.hungryhowies.com) was looking for a solution to standardize its menu and technology. Dan McKay, director of IT, explains that this was the key to help drive many of the company’s plans and initiatives. Unification of accounting, operations and marketing - with better automation and more timely insight - ”was the primary goal. Revention (www.revention.com) emerged as the leader in helping the brand bring those goals to fruition and the POS solution was installed across a subset of locations. A decade later, the chain made Revention the standard platform throughout its entire brand.