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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 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.
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This Back Store App, 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. Read more …
aDS (aKite Digital Signage)
Is the marketing and promotional tool allows the definition of sequences of still images and videos (playlist) and sending on screens in stores.
In addition to videos provided by manufacturers or commissioned to specialized agencies, the exclusive "aKite Video Maker" in the Clouds allows the automatic production of videos from PowerPoint animations with pictures, descriptions, transitions and animation effects. Similar to what happens in Microsoft Word "mail merge", placeholder like or are automatically substituted by corresponding values from aKite and inserted in the animation. This allows to produce in minutes promotional videos about specific products and place them directly in one or more playlist for one or more screens.
Screen Management is done in SaaS mode from the Cloud in an optimal way both for single store screens and for large international networks. When new playlist and media is downloaded, the execution is from local PC and not dependent on constant Internet connection.
aDI (aKite Document Interchange)
Is a powerful and simple link between any legacy HQ application software and aKite Retail Web Services in the Cloud, based on Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus. The innovation is simple deployment and high security, without any system activity on firewalls or routers.
Data coming from stores in near-real-time may update a SQL database for integration and internal Business Intelligence activity. In the same way any flat or XML file produced by HQ ERP or other applications, can update aKite Hub in the Cloud and from there all stores concurrently.
Integration with Web Services based software applications is even more direct and simple.
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.