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Cloud-based point of sale drives business at Hong Kong 7s

A desire for simplicity and freedom from proprietary hardware led Kukri Sports to adopt a Cloud-based point of sale system.

International sportswear company Kukri Sports, a designer and manufacturer of team uniforms, started using a Cloud-based point of sale system to sell its products at the Hong Kong 7s rugby tournament, but has now rolled it out across the company.

Excitement at the Hong Kong 7s. Photo; Jesus Goritti

Kukri’s online shop and product supervisor, Michael Scott, says the company started using New Zealand-based Vend’s Cloud POS for the premier Hong Kong rugby event in 2012 to enable it to sell products both at the event and online.

Cloud POS was chosen because Kukri needed a system to use on computers rather than proprietary POS gear. It also needed a till system offering a quick and simple set up process.

Simplicity was key, Scott said.

“The ability to put a sale through either by searching the products, scanning the barcodes or clicking the quick keys gives the system great flexibility.”

Quick keys proved their value in the fast paced tournament environment, ensuring Kukri could get sales through at a rapid rate.

Vend’s Cloud POS is now used across all Kukri Sports and Squirrel Sports shops in the UK at places such as the University of Birmingham, London rugby club Wasps and football club Wycombe Wanderers, the Lancashire County Cricket Club, Ulster Rugby, Belfast Giants and the Hong Kong Vulcan House Shop.

It has also proved useful at other events, Scott said, such as the Kinsale Rugby 7s in Ireland in 2012 and 2013 and the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast in 2013.

“We find the ability to connect Vend to Shopify a particularly useful feature and one that we use on almost all our Vend accounts giving a fully integrated in store and online shop experience,” he said.

“This effectively means we have one main set up plus a bit extra for Shopify and then we’re good to go, updating stock, prices and adding new products as and when necessary.”