aKite® enables retailers of all sizes to forget the traditional problems associated with Information Technology and focus on their business, even with stores spread out across different continents.
Easy to choose. No initial investment in software licenses and servers, but only a fee proportional to the number of stores and workstations.
Easy to start. No expensive customizations, but fast choices from among a variety of parameters. To activate a POS or replace a faulty workstation, just enter your login and password on a web page.
Easy to use. because it is designed for a wide audience that needs to be immediately operational.
Easy to manage. All the complexity is removed from the stores and HQ and concentrated on the Cloud, where an advanced platform provides maximum service continuity and data security.
Easy sharing of constantly updated data both inside and outside the chain, for interaction with suppliers and customers.
Easy to integrate with other systems, internal and external, whatever their hardware and software platform.
Simple evolution by automatic updates from the Cloud and integration with new services.
RETAIL WEB SERVICES®
The aKite heart and brain: a Smart Hub on the Cloud that removes complexity from the stores, connects them with each other and with the chain HQ and opens them up to services such as Logistics , Business Intelligence, Digital Signage , eCommerce, Web Marketing , Social Networks, … and collaboration with any hardware and software platform.
Transactions from the stores travel in XML format through standard https protocols and using digital certificates to guarantee maximum security. Immediately three separate and secure databases are updated for maximum availability and fault protection, and transactions carry on to the ERP and /or other central HQ systems, while other processes update inventory, forecasting, margins, stock rotations etc. ... The same thing happens the other way around for the new master data, prices and promotions, from HQ to the stores. Synchronization is based on queues where messages remain parked where a connection is absent, ensuring maximum reliability and scalability (the ability to manage peak workloads).
The most direct integration with external systems is through a comprehensive set of standard APIs (Application Programming Interface), but aDi ( aKite Document Interchange ) is also available for exchanging files in most common formats with legacy systems or local database for business intelligence (BI) and integration.
POS.net is an App certified up to Windows 10 that handles a wide range of Front Store services on Windows PC or Tablet, ensuring maximum security and speed to customers by means of local data and direct control of peripherals such as receipt printers and electronic payment devices.
The activity continues even in the event of external faults, while sales documents are queued waiting for automatic reconnection to the Cloud.
This Back Store App, certified up to Windows 10 and available in Store and HQ versions, manages inventory, replenishment, reporting and updates item prices, promotions and assortments, unless this data is already managed by an external and integrated system.
Dashboards always provide an updated and full view of sales, right down to each individual item and customer, from any location where Internet access is available.
Back Store App specifically designed for Windows and Android Smartphones. It allows access to SHOP.net Dashboard and inventory item main information. It also allows the creation of product lists to be sent to Retail Web Services on the Cloud for use by SHOP.net in order to issue documents and perform inventory control.
A few examples
Thanks to the Cloud, the POS.net App is light and works perfectly even on the new Windows Tablets, becoming a powerful tool for assisted sales. In addition, aKite Mobile allows the whole chain activity to be monitored from a Windows SmartPhone.
Loyalty and Gift Cards are a challenge to traditional Information Technology. The Loyalty points balance or the amount that remains on a Gift Card to be spent across the chain favours a centralized system, while operation safety, even without any connection, presses towards a stand-alone solution for each store difficult to synchronize. aKite overcomes this dilemma through a collaboration between local services, that manage items, promotions, loyalty points and customer data even in the absence of a connection, and global services on the Cloud that manage the points balance and the residual value of each gift card in circulation, updated in real time and always available in all stores, along with various other data.
Technical Note: if access to data on the Cloud is considered essential with absolutely no exceptions, a backup connection based on mobile technology can be added.
Connect a PC and start selling!
POS.net and SHOP.net are installed from a web page and are automatically updated via the Internet, ensuring efficiency and evolution over the years, with minimum running costs.