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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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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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America’s Newest Restaurant Craze: Creating Your Own Pizza

Just like life nothing ever stays the same for long in the restaurant industry. In fact the restaurant business is one that must always remain fluid, constantly evolving, and ever changing to keep up with the changing tastes of consumers. In this way restaurants can be seen as a mirror to the values we currently share as a society. Like when people began being more health conscious and aware of the effects the food we put in our bodies can have we saw the rise of healthier food options like: Taco Del Mar, Panera Bread, Chipotle, and even Subway.

Create Your Own Pizza

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More recently the popularity of build your own sub restaurants like Subway, Quiznos, Submarina, Togo’s, and more recently Which Wich? and Jersey Mike’s have led to restaurants serving other types of food to try and adopt a variation of this format. Chipotle for example has used the create your own format to great success with burritos and now even pizza places are beginning to capitalize on the popularity of customization.

With Pizza being an ideal food for customizing to the unique tastes of each and every customer it should come as no surprise that these “modern day” pizza joints are sweeping the nation and are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing restaurant types in the industry today.

While several different chains such as, Blaze Pizza, Pieology, and Project Pie compete for supremacy in the industry each one features custom made artisanal pizzas and an interactive assembly line format that allows customers to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own unique concoction.

Create Your Own Pizza Example

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The build your own aspect to these pizzas and the swiftness in which they are made pair well with other restaurants as well such as Frozen Yogurt chains. In fact in some cases Frozen Yogurt stores such as Chill Yogurt are even incorporating a build-your-own pizza aspect to their business with great success.

Any way you slice these delicious new build-your-own pizza restaurants are here to stay and they’ll soon be well on their way to blazing their own niche within the fast food industry.

Have you built-your-own pizza yet? Leave a comment below!

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