2 Simple Reasons why Not to upgrade to Windows 10 Now

Almost everyone using Windows at this point has seen the little upgrade button for Windows 10. It’s offered for free, it’s new, it’s exciting. Why not agree and download? Will it not be free and you miss out if you don’t accept now? Well there are somethings to consider before you jump ship on your tried and true installation of Windows. Here are the two simple unmistakable reasons not to switch:


1. Wait for everyone else. Why put yourself through an update for a brand new system when other people can find out the problems first.

2. Your upgrade may be a downgrade. The upgrade to Windows 10 may not be the same level of Windows you have. If you have Professional, or Ultimate versions of Windows, basically anything above the Home Version, you will be downgraded. This may have important consequences you won’t realize until after the change.

Brewed Expressions, Brewing Success

Small towns are known for their institutions as much as they themselves are an American institution. In that respect Brewed Expressions in Van Wert Ohio is very much a town institution. Brewed Expressions has become so much of a vital staple in Van Wert that they’re already expanding operations a little over a year after opening for business. While the original Brewed Expressions is a drive thru in June they will be opening the first Brewed Expressions Café.

Brewed Expressions

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Brewed expressions can only be described as a unique and adorable coffee “hut” and the people of Van Wert have definitely come to see it that way. Opened in January 2014, Brewed Expressions offers gourmet, handmade lattes, gourmet frappes, brewed coffee, homemade baked goods, breakfast, and much more. Not a coffee lover? There’s something for you too! View the online menu or call for details!

And the reviews you can find on Yelp and Trip Advisor of Brewed Expressions reflect that statement perfectly.

“Affordable coffee, good selection, friendly fast staff!!! She even threw away our crappy undrinkable mochas we got down the street at McD,” says Dana D. on Yelp.

Brewed Expressions Yelp

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“This is the only place left in Van Wert that makes lattes, espressos, fancy coffees. They also sell locally made cookies from Flour loves Sugar. Right on 127 beside the Shell gas station. Very good,” Wanderer Ohio adds on Trip Advisor.

Brewed Expressions Trip Advisor

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A coffee shop needs more than great coffee to be a smash hit however, it needs a great point of sale system to further enhance the customer experience. Brewed Expressions found it’s point of sale solution with Café Cartel Systems.

In fact Brewed Expressions feels the same about CCS as it’s customers and reviewers feel about it. They’ve been so impressed with CCS’ software and service that they’ve recommended the point of sale leader to other cafés in the area.

Clearly Brewed Expressions is brewing it’s own success with the help of CCS point of sale.

However, in spite of this success a tragedy has struck Brewed Expressions and their family. A barista by the name of Fawn was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. To learn more or help out go to gofundme.com.

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Baltimore Businesses Shouldering the Burden of Riot Aftershocks

It’s never the offending party who pays the price when peaceful protests morph into violent riots, it’s the people who are made to suffer when tensions escalate. The people of Baltimore found this out the hard way last week when some of the peaceful protests surrounding the death of Freddie Gray while he was being held in police custody turned violent. To make matters worse in many cases, it’s the innocent, small, and local business owners who are suffering from the effects of the riots the most.

Baltimore Businesses

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For example Richard Sung Kang, owner of the west Baltimore bar and liquor store Oxford Tavern, watched as his American dream came cascading down around him in an array of broken glass. The Tavern was hit by looters over the course of the riots and fortunately wasn’t torched like a nearby CVS Pharmacy, but it’s doors and windows were broken and cash and inventory was stolen, leaving the shelves empty. Now like many other small business owners in similar situations Kang faces the decision of whether or not to reopen most likely at the cost of more debt and significantly higher insurance premiums.

In some instances however Kang and Oxford Tavern got off lucky compared to other businesses. Specifically Café Cartel client, Sky Hookah Lounge (located at 537 McElderry Street in Baltimore) was shooting to open at the end of April or the beginning of May, but the lounge was ransacked by looters forcing them to delay the opening even further. Adding insult to injury the owners are stuck paying rent while they work to repair their business and get it re-ready to open. They even had to delay the training of their new point of sale system since the beginning of the riots. Hoping to get some good news out of the situation the owners have been combing over security footage to see if they can discover the perpetrators.

Things have been a little better for large corporations operating in Baltimore than for the small business owners. CVS Health Corp in particular has already expressed its plans to rebuild the burned out store. Spokeswoman Carolyn Castel said, “We have a long history of serving inner-city communities and we remain committed to serving our patients and customers in Baltimore.” The company doesn’t yet have an estimate on the damage done, but the fact that they are already committed to re-opening is a positive for the Baltimore community.

Roughly 200 small business on the other hand were unable to open the day after the riots according to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and many might not ever recover to the point of reopening their businesses.

Baltimore Business Riots

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Historically cities hit by riots in the 1960s such as Newark, Washington D.C., and Detroit have taken decades to recover.  Which means that it will take in spite of all the suffering inflicted by the riots Baltimore business owners, both big and small, must come together they will surely be able shoulder the burden of all the riot aftershocks.

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Han Dynasty Joins Cafe Cartel Family

Han Dynasty is a Chinese restaurant that specializes in Szechuan style Chinese cuisine and has locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Han Dynasty prides itself on serving not only the finest, but the most authentic Szechuan style Chinese cuisine on the East coast. Spice is the name of their game and their goal is to satisfy their customers with thoughtfully prepared dishes paired with our unique spice levels. So whether it be the broad range of spice levels, friendly atmosphere, or exuberant service staff, we guarantee that you’ll be coming back for more. Along with fine cuisine they feature a full service bar that features a great selection of craft beers, fine wine, spirits, and signature cocktails. For many reasons point of sale service’s aren’t always a piece of cake for authentic chinese restaurants like Han Dynasty; which is why when Han Chiang, owner of the vast Han Dynasty restaurant empire, needed to update the point of sale service in his restaurants he turned to Cafe Cartel Systems.


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As detailed in multiple articles a couple weeks ago CCS is the best point of sale solution available on the market for Chinese restaurants. Much like the people who consume it, Chinese Restaurants come in many shapes and sizes. They can have different services depending on their business model such as fast food, take-out and delivery, or gourmet cuisine. There are also many types of Chinese food such as Szechuan, Cantonese, and Hunan, among others.

CCS Chinese Restaurant POS solution caters to your restaurant no matter the size of your menu or if you need it in a different language.  We’ve put the pieces together to create a comprehensive delivery and restaurant management program.

Chinese Menu's in Point of Sale

For example CCS makes it simple to toggle between languages on your menu with an easily accessible alt language button built right in to the POS software and supports languages such as: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, and Russian, among others. Ordered items will be displayed with both the English name and the name of the alternate language you select, all while supporting up to three languages at the same time. You can also select the seat number for each item ordered making it even easier to keep track of which customer ordered which item when the server returns to deliver the food. CCS really does make setting up multiple languages in your POS software a breeze.

You can even see handy instructional video to help you install Chinese as a language in your system here.

For additional information on CCS’ Chinese Restaurant POS solutions see the following for training, videos, support, and testimonials.

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Choose CCS to Replace the Discontinued Microsoft RMS

Technology is constantly updating and evolving to create newer editions with more advanced features to help bring society even further into the modern age. With the advancement of software however, also comes the elimination of programs that used to be at the peak of their respective fields. Phones often come to mind as pieces of technology that are phased out just a couple short years after being introduced and while it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone involved with the industry point of sale software is not immune to these updates either. The industry has even recently seen it’s latest casualty, in that Microsoft RMS is end of life and will end sales and mainstream support in July 2016.

Microsoft RMS

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There has been a few conflicting reports regarding the future of Microsoft RMS, but it’s now official that the product will be discontinued. For more information on the exact dates and other specifics check out the microsoft website here: support.microsoft.com. You can also find more information about the specific lifecycle terms here: support.microsoft.com.

As a result of Microsoft discontinuing RMS any product enhancements, updates, or fixes will only be an option for owners who maintain a paid annual maintenance agreement with Microsoft, which will lead to substantial costs for a product that will no longer be a priority at Microsoft.

With this in mind the only course of action that makes sense for both, existing business owners who currently use Microsoft RMS and prospective owners who are looking for the right point of sale solution for their blossoming business is to seek out other point of sale solutions, such as Cafe Cartel Systems.

CCS Microsoft RMS

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CCS is a point of sale company that provides both hardware and software solutions to fit the needs of any business. With solutions ranging from restaurant point of sale, to retail and consignment point of sale, to point of sale for dispensaries and vape shops, to grocery store point of sale, to many more, CCS more than likely has a point of sale solution for your business.

With over 10 years of industry experience and thousands of installations worldwide during that time CCS is ideally suited to provide solutions for any business looking to switch from Microsoft RMS. By providing a customizable system and a team of network specialists across the US and Canada CCS is ready to help create a point of sale solution for your business today.

Request a quote here cafecartel.com and visit youtube.com to learn more.

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Citi Market Places switches from Sams4S to Clover to CCS POS

Lucia Pineda, owner and operator of Citi Market Places in Los Angeles needed to replace her aged Sams4s register. Like many business owners she wanted to something simple to use and cost effective. After doing research she found that the option to rent a solution was an option. And that she could pay monthly for the service. Her base amount she was looking at for renting was 100 per month for one terminal. So starting with a base of 100 per month her service fees begin to go more towards $200 per month. She decided on this solution out of necessity based on time.  Her investigation was minimal because there was little barrier to entry. After speaking with the POS company She was promised a solution by Clover and for what the base system didn’t offer she was offered to subscribe to monthly app services that would handle her additional needs.

Learning when to not take ‘Yes” for an answer

As she begin to apply what are standard functions for a Convenience store she found that Clover required multiple steps at the register to complete what should be automated processes in the POS.  For example, CRV required additional modifiers added on to the product. It also required manually figuring multiple of CRV. But then there certain other things her POS just couldn’t do: multiple bar codes or split pricing per item. And one of the very important things everyone sees at Convenience Stores: Grouping items for Quantity For example 3 different candy bars for the price of 2.  and another style:  buy 5 donuts for $3.00 (when normally they would be 1.00 a piece). And setting a price change based on a date range was also something she couldn’t do. For holidays an automated discount on marked down items had to be manually set and then changed back at the end.

In the end she did need another app to download for Clover, Calculator. Fortunately she didn’t have to rent that app from them. But she had to do a whole lot of Manual work.

So she then realized choosing the right application would take investigation and review. And so know armed with the knowledge of what to ask for she set off on a journey to fulfill her needs. She could speak the language of POS. She could identify the ease or difficulty of setting features an products. When she posed a question in her demos, she didn’t just take “yes” for an answer she needed to see from the setup of the product to the processing of sales to the end reporting. She understood it’s a process that should be easy to work with but requires a level of sophistication from the POS company.

Finally her journey ended in speaking with CCS POS. A product based Application, rather than SAS with monthly fees, yet with remote app capabilities. It handled all of the features she needed, including additional features she couldn’t afford by tying on more apps like Clover had. In short: she got a compete and contiguous system. With Clover and it’s app based method, she had to rely on many companies that provided the product with there own interface, and methods both in functionality. Also in provided or didn’t provide  services and modifications and training. With Clover it was more like you have 14 teachers each not talking to each other, and some don’t provide training. While with CCS you have 1 instructor, with one contiguous application that is built to be seamless and conclusive.
To see some of the features you can visit the youtube  channel for CCS at youtube.com/ccspos.
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Get Your Head out of the Clouds: The Real Cost of Cloud Based POS

Cloud based point of sale (POS) systems are becoming increasingly popular amongst small business owners all over the world, but are they really the best option for your business both financially and with the features they provide?

The answer to that question is a resounding no. Despite a few obvious up-front advantages which are used to get customers in the door, more often than not cloud based POS systems do not provide as much of an advantage as their providers would lead you to believe.

For example with a cloud based POS system you will be able to manage your business on the move, possibly incur lower upfront costs, get instantaneous updates to your POS software, you won’t have to directly deal with ensuring your data is secure, and you’ll even be able to give your employees access to the software outside of work. However in this case the cost simply outweighs the benefits.

Cloud Based POS Pricing Data

As you can see the purple chart represents typical pricing for cloud based tablet POS system and the green represents a CCS hardware based POS solution. With the cloud based tablet system you will incur lower upfront costs because the cost is more spread out over the course of the year; with CCS you will pay more upfront, but substantially less as the year goes on. Ultimately leading to a lower overall first year expense if you chose to use a CCS POS solution instead of a cloud based system. That doesn’t even mention the 3 year warranty on equipment that comes standard with your CCS solution compared to the 1 year warranty you’ll get with most cloud based solutions.

With that pricing information in mind here are a few more cons to using a cloud based POS system in your business.

Monthly Leasing Fees

With a cloud based POS system you will be paying a monthly leasing fee for the duration of time that you are using the system. If you would have went with the CCS option you’d own it by now. No more annual renewal fees. No more feeling trapped.

Be Sure to Budget for Annual Updates

With a cloud based POS system comes automatic annual updates, which in theory sound awesome. That is until you realize that with the latest and greatest version of your software comes unforeseen higher costs. The costs coupled with the fact that you have to update your software at a time that is convenient for your provider, but not necessarily your business can make these updates more trouble than they’re worth.

Internet Dependent?

With a cloud based system if the internet goes down so does your POS system. Now tethering such an integral part of your business to the internet, which can go down, is a risk some companies will make that even more difficult by blaming any issues that they have on the internet your internet service provider.

Now that you have all the facts, it will be that much easier to get your head out of the clouds and switch to a CCS POS solution. Request a quote today.

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