18 Feb 2013 - Posted by The BlueBox under Development.Bluebox now integrates with the free android application, People Counter, to offer an affordable automated foot count solution for retail stores.
The android app can run on any android phone connected to the wireless network in stores. There is no need for a sim card/contract since the mobile is not required to connect to the cellular network. The phone is mounted on the wall in a bracket near the doorway. The app runs all day and uses the camera of the phone to register movement. Each movement then triggers an email to be sent to a specified email account. The Bluebox system accesses this email account and tracks these messages to determine the foot count for each store (the total divided by two).
16 Feb 2011 - Posted by The BlueBox under Business.
The BlueBox proudly integrates with the following 3rd Party Systems.
Cardsave specialise in helping businesses to accept credit card payments. Merchant Services, Chip & PIN, Mail, Telephone and Online payments.
A fast, secure checkout process that helps increase sales by bringing you more customers and allowing them to buy from you quickly.
Visit Google Checkout.
Commidea are experts in supplying credit card processing solutions. These credit card processing solutions are used by most companies.
DPD is an international network for professional parcel shipping. The DPD website offers you information about parcel sercives and the DPD network.
Maps - OS Explorer and OS Landranger Map, OS OpenData, OS OpenSpace, OS MasterMap - buy, licence or download them from Great Britain's mapping agency.
Visit Ordnance Survey.
PayPal lets you send money to anyone with email. PayPal is free for consumers and works seamlessly with your existing credit card and checking account.
Postcode Anywhere offers web services and software to lookup UK and international addresses, provide a store locator function, validate bank details, plan routes, cleanse data, profile customers and more.
Visit Postcode Anywhere.
Sage Pay (formerly Protx) provides secure payment processing for businesses of all sizes. Accept card payments online, over the phone or via mail order.
Visit Sage Pay.
The Post Office for your travel insurance, foreign currency exchange, savings, insurance and postal services.
Visit UK Post Office.
08 Feb 2011 - Posted by The BlueBox under Business.
A short but substantial list of reasons why you should choose BlueBox business software:
1. Full Free Evaluation
We offer a no obligation full free evaluation of our software. With the economy the way it is you should be testing your software before you buy it. Try it here.
2. No Per-User licensing
What makes us unique is that we develop on open-source platforms and price our product per server/site and not per user. View our pricing.
3. Rapid Development
We are able to very rapidly provide customized best-fit mini-modules through the BlueBox 2.0 development platform.
4. Work From Anywhere
Your company can take over the world from anywhere and all you need is an internet connection and you can have full access to your system.
Contact us today to make these points a reality in your business.
30 Aug 2010 - Posted by The BlueBox under Business.
With integrated Gift Card, Kiosks, Competitions, Vouchers, Surveys and Communications.
The BlueBox has over 13 years experience providing business systems to all sectors of the market. Our loyalty module is available as a stand-alone solution (illustrated above), as an integrated solution with your 3rd party ePOS system or as a full end-to-end solution built on our ePOS.
Try Before You Buy:
Free online demo available.
Affordable For Small Business:
From £3000 setup, £50-£470 per month for the system (depending on no. of members)and £25-£50 per branch/site for location licenses.
Hardware and Card Printing:
Provide your own, or outsource to us!
View our Plug-n-play Loyalty System for more info.
20 Aug 2010 - Posted by The BlueBox under Business.
Affordable and effective hardware.
Mobile Internet Devices (MID's) are the emerging technology based loosely on the iPad craze. These are much cheaper "tablet" devices out of China and are basically small touch screen web browsing devices. What we like about them is their affordability (almost at a disposable-after-use level) and the fact that, through there web browsers BlueBox loyalty will run immediately on them without installing any extra software.
We have found suppliers in all of our regions and sourced decent MID's with bluetooth, wifi and USB slots. Some manufacturers we have been looking at run Google Android and we would be able to run a web-interface on them without installing any software. We will be able to secure volume discounts and preferred suppliers very easily, but it would literally be possible to have stores purchase a device from our suppliers and follow 5 easy steps to self installing The BlueBox Loyalty Solution in-store. Obviously if there are any technical limitations we will be happily involved in this process.
So, with regards to supporting the device, we propose the following: we would easily be able to avoid a costly human resource overhead and rather provide a courier-based service to support your business, whereby devices are pre-configured and shipped to the recipients with wireless connections intact. If hardware fails we will deal with the supplier and organise swap-out devices. There will obviously be small time, courier and hardware costs involved in this process but these would be minimal, and could be charged on an ad-hoc basis to avoid inflating the monthly costs. For ultimate redundancy, stores could install 2 devices so that they always have a backup if one device is being swapped out.
Alternatively, due to the open and common nature of the devices, a support contract with a national technical firm is also a possibility and perhaps this could be chosen on a store-by-store basis.
Here is a diagram displaying the process (Click for large version):
The BlueBox Plug-&-play Loyalty with MID's
12 Aug 2010 - Posted by The BlueBox under Business.
The BlueBox is a web-technologies company who specialise in the development of database driven websites, extranets and intranets. Our proprietary platform (BlueBox2.0) is built on open source technologies, making it collaborative, easily integrated with 3rd party solutions, rapid and affordable. BlueBox2.0 is the business-ready open-source web platform.
Local to the UK and Europe:
Based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with partners across the UK and EU, we are able to provide strategy, consulting and development wherever it is required.
Our specialist areas are ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), ePOS, Loyalty Systems, Sales Force/Order Management, Procurement Controls, Light Manufacturing (MRP), Human Resource Management, Document Management and Inventory Management Systems.
Host Yourself or SaaS:
Our software is able to be installed as a dedicated installation (on Linux/MySQL/PHP) or as a hosted online solution via our SaaS Model (Software as a Service).
Pay as you Go:
Our pricing is extremely competitive, with negligible setup fees and low monthly fees per module used. No large upfront costs and no per-user licensing.
Competitive Partner Program:
The BlueBox is always looking for partners to assist with roll-outs and customer relationship management. If you have experience in systems, a creative business problem solving mind and consider yourself to be 200% customer centric visit our site to sign up!
06 Aug 2010 - Posted by The BlueBox under Business.
An overview of The BlueBox
The BlueBox prides itself on building robust and sophisticated web-based ERP systems. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software can be defined as helping integrate management, staff, and equipment, combining all aspects of the business into one system in order to facilitate every element of the manufacturing process.
The BlueBox Overview Infographic
As seen featured in The 2010 BlueBox Brochure.
With our comprehensive range of modules we are ready to provide your business with the software it needs and the system it deserves. BlueBox modules are divided into three sections, Transactional modules, Specialised vertical modules and Bespoke development.
The BlueBox system is a comprehensive procurement and price control system, with rigorous controls, supplier file, buyers guide, buying budgets, MRP calculations, project buying, backorder management and stock replenishment.
The BlueBox ERP Sales Module provides the core for controlling sales within your business, offering the ability to see what sales staff are doing daily; producing and tracking quotes and converted sales, by product, client, salesman and region.
The BlueBox Inventory module can assist you to pinpoint where every item of stock resides in your business.
Integrating seamlessly with the other BlueBox ERP modules, the manufacturing module is a feature packed suit of works order and BOM oriented tools.
When it comes to Financial Accounting this module solves three of the most vital areas; cashbooks, the general ledger and financial exports.
Although not the newest module offered by The BlueBox, the Human Resources Module has very recently been injected with new energy in the form of the newly launched Payroll module, providing all the core functionality required to install and set up your own payroll system, and, as always, integrates seamlessly with the other BlueBox ERP modules.
The BlueBox Multi Level Marketing Module is a highly comprehensive MLM solution aimed at online oriented MLM businesses; where both the operation and their members recognise the benefits of having a system that is accessible via the internet, both from a front and back-end perspective.
The BlueBox Hospitality Module, sometimes referred to as "Reservations" is a comprehensive hospitality management system, configured to meet a reservations oriented organisation's businesses requirements.
Increased information access and transparency in a business is critical, providing a better launching point for both strategic and day to day decision making. The BlueBox 2.0 Reporting module can convert your data into information you can use!
What are you basing your business decisions on? Knowledge is power, and without the RIGHT information your business is dead in the water.
E-commerce & Web Development:
The BlueBox publishing module houses a range of tools, all geared toward facilitating the presentation of information, or publishing it in a web environment.
You may also be interested in our last infogrpahic - ERP Overview
04 Aug 2010 - Posted by The BlueBox under Business.
Make sure your customers come back for more.
We believe the best way to look after your bottom line is to look after your customers. More importantly to look after your best customers; after all they are the ones paying your bills and adding to your profit. We have decided to give you a list post to remind you of the important points. We hope you find it useful.
Here are 5 ways you can retain your best customers:
- Discover: Find out the details and demographics of who your best customers are. This is important, find out who specifically is buying your products and what precisely they are buying, either by being on the shop floor and monitoring the sales yourself, or by setting up a Customer Loyalty Solution and letting it do it for you.
- Listen: Simple idea yet hard to keep up. Find out what platforms your customers air their views on twitter, facebook or hellopeter and pay attention to what they are saying about either your industry or if you are lucky your brand.
- Engage: Now that you know who your best customers are and what they are saying engage with them but be sure to make sure yoy have their permission first, there is nothing worse than being spammed. Make sure when you connect you do it with something relevant to that specific customer, something that will add to their day or to their experience with your brand.
- Learn: Each time you speak to your customers you should be learning more about them, more about what they want and need.
- Offer: So now that you know your best customers pretty well, make them specific offers, we aren't talking just about Upselling we're talking about remarkable offers that will show them that you have been listening and that you care about them. There are few things better for your business than a happy customer telling their family and friends about the great offer they just received. Thanks to your knowledge of the customers buying habits you are able to not only upsell and cross-sell, but are also able to engage in Direct Marketing to them, giving them information that is specifically meaningful to them!
In the end it comes down to how much you really care about your customers, you don't always have to be the cheapest or the best, let them know that you care and they will come back.
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