Coffee chain kicks on with hybrid cloud

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TECHNOLOGY developed by a fledgling Edinburgh business is helping a Canadian coffee chain roll out its international expansion, including a push into the UK.

Intelligent Point of Sale, which was founded two years ago and employs 11 staff at its base in the capital, supplies a tablet-based application that allows businesses to process transactions and deal with other matters such as staffing levels. It is based on a hybrid cloud system, meaning that it is not internet reliant.

The firm’s “cost-saving” technology has been adopted by Second Cup, a coffee shop concept that originated in Toronto in the mid 1970s and operates in 26 regions worldwide.

It has fitted the system into its first UK cafe, in Manchester, while “intelligentpos” is also now used in coffee outlets in Ghana, Lithuania and Yemen.

Robin Knox, co-founder and director of Intelligent Point of Sale, said: “We are delighted to work with Second Cup, and to support their first UK operation. Our product allows business owners to remotely monitor their commercial activity.”

Jim Ragas, president of Second Cup International, added: “Intelligent Point of Sale has created a dynamic and cost-effective technology.” Deal values have not been disclosed.

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