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Cardiff City kicks off its first season with new EPoS system

Friday December 11 2009

J2 Retail Systems and ECR Concepts have announced that their combined solution is driving electronic point-of-sale [EPoS] operations in the new Cardiff City Stadium (Stadiwm Dinas Caerdydd).  

J2 Retail Systems and ECR Concepts have announced that their combined solution is driving electronic point-of-sale [EPoS] operations in the new Cardiff City Stadium (Stadiwm Dinas Caerdydd).

 

J2, a specialist PC-based touchscreen and point-of-sale hardware manufacturer and ECR, a retail, catering and cashless operation EPoS systems provider has supplied the hardware, software and services for an integrated front and back-office till system installed in the stadium's retail superstore, bars, corporate hospitality suite and concourse kiosks.

 

A total of 56 units were installed in time for the Stadium's opening match, a pre-season friendly against Celtic Football Club, which took place on 22 July.

 

Pontypridd-based ECR Concepts secured the technology contract after a lengthy and competitive process of tender and evaluation. This included working with stadium consultant, David Spencer, who has managed the entire project from the foundations upwards.

 

Sean Hosking, ECR Concepts managing director said: "We supply systems to a number of football and rugby clubs, so were easily able to demonstrate our track record. The hardware solution was important too and, with J2, we could put forward a reliable system that is proven for both retail and catering use."

 

David Spencer added: "We couldn't fail to be impressed by the credentials of ECR and J2. They came up with a competitive package and, given ECR's location, could guarantee us a responsive technical support service."

 

ECR has deployed the same three-in-one solution across retail, hospitality and kiosks, with each variant configured for the particular environment. "In terms of functionality, the solution offers Cardiff City Stadium everything it needs in the front office, plus it provides full-blown stock control," added Hosking.

 

ECR Concepts also interfaces its system with a provider of smartcard technology. Corporate visitors and season holders are given smart cards to access the Stadium and to identify themselves and their purchases in the retail superstore, so the business can profile them. In future, this will be extended to cashless 'e-purse' facilities across the stadium.

 

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