September Farm Cheese
September Farm Cheese is an award-winning, family-owned, country store and cheese making facility in eastern PA. The original store was opened on the family farm in 2007, and in 2013, a new larger facility was built and a café and ice cream counter were added.
To help accommodate their growth, September Farm chose the StoreLIVE! Point of Sale system. The StoreLIVE! system provides them with an efficient checkout process, a convenient café ordering system, and complete inventory and sales tracking. The extensive sales reports included with the system allow them to keep a pulse on the best selling items and gross profit margins throughout the store. Utilizing the integration with Quickbooks allows them to create accurate financial reports every month and make management decisions based on current data.
Austin Musser, the office manager at September Farm Cheese, gave this report: “Our experience with Good’s Technology has been very positive. Whether it is a configuration change, user training, or simply asking their advice on a best business practice, Goods has been great to work with. In a retail environment, speed and reliability are very important, and StoreLive! meets these demands. Their support staff responds quickly to our calls, knows the software well, and have personally come out to help us when needed. StoreLive! has helped us to manage our growing business needs.”
Known for its award-winning cheese and delicious cafe, September Farm Cheese has become a favorite for both locals and tourists alike. Stop by the store or visit them online at septemberfarmcheese.com!
Ashery Country Store
Ashery Country Store, known as the "Grandma of Bulk Food Stores" and often referred to as "The Ashery" is a Bulk Food store located in Ohio Amish Country near Fredericksburg, OH. Ashery Country Store was founded by Cecil and Freda Yoder during the late 1960's and today is owned by their son Curt Yoder.
Over the years, the store has undergone numerous expansions, with the most recent and largest expansion completed in 2014. Today the store offers thousands of bulk food items including baking ingredients, soup mixes, noodles, pasta, spices, coffee, tea, drink mixes, candy as well as many other types of items such as canned goods, deli items and snacks.
One of the unique processes found at The Ashery Country Store is the process of buying items in large quantities and then repackaging the product into smaller containers and labeling it for resale in the store. To accomplish this task, they rely on label printing scales to both weigh and label the product. In order for this process to function effectively, accurate item data must be maintained in the scale. Maintaining accurate item data for hundreds or thousands of items is challenging, and it is even more challenging when the same data is required on multiple scales. To help manage this and other areas of their business, Ashery Country Store chose the StoreLIVE! Point of Sale system.
The StoreLIVE! system integrates with Invatron's Plum family of scale communication products, allowing item information to be maintained in StoreLIVE! and transmitted to compatible label printing scales. This allows Ashery to maintain one master copy of their item, pricing and ingredient data in StoreLIVE!, and be confident that each scale is up to date with the latest information. While keeping the scales up to date, it also ensures that the items will scan correctly at the checkout.
In addition to providing a solution for scale management, The Ashery Country store also benefits from faster checkout times due to the efficient scanning and checkout features of StoreLIVE!. Extensive sales and inventory reports also provide benefits to them by allowing them to track their best selling items, slow selling items and most and least profitable items.
You can visit the Ashery Country Store at 8922 SR 241, Fredericksburg, OH or online at www.asherycountrystore.com.
Care & Share Thrift Shoppes
With a mission to "…model God's love and care for the earth and its people through recycling efforts and a positive shopping experience," Care & Share Thrift Shoppes has evolved from a single thrift shop started in 1975 to 5 shoppes with a total of 31,000 square feet.
The stores accept donations of quality used merchandise and resell the donated items in their thrift shoppes. Proceeds from the sales are contributed to Mennonite Central Committee for use in humanitarian work throughout the world. To date, the stores have contributed over 13 million dollars to this cause.
To operate the organization in a way that maximizes the store's contributions, a core team of employees is supplemented with a large pool of volunteers. When Care & Share shoppes was researching POS options, a core requirement was a system that was very easy to learn and operate in order to make the volunteers jobs as easy as possible. Care & Share Shoppes found the StoreLIVE! system met this need. However, Good's Technology saw opportunity to make the system even more useful and proceeded to enhance the system with a special "Thrift Shop" cashier screen.
Today, Care & Share Shoppes utilizes the StoreLIVE! system in each of their 5 thrift shoppes. The system is deployed in a multi store configuration, allowing their central office to access data for each store. This centralized access simplifies the back office accounting procedures and provides the organization with combined sales reports and real time access to the sales performance of each store.
Care & Share Shoppes are located north of Philadelphia, PA in the town of Souderton. They can be found online at www.careandshareshoppes.org.
Green Hills Farm Discount Grocer
Green Hills Farm Discount Grocer is an independently-run grocery store in Lititz, PA. With 6,000 square feet of retail space, the store has a fresh-deli, bulk-food, and produce department in addition to its main line of discount groceries. The store was operating 3 checkout lanes with standard cash registers, stand-alone credit card processing terminals, and stand-alone scales at each checkout lane. The store was struggling with the limitations and data entry errors that are typical with this type of setup, including mis-keyed credit card tender amounts, double entry of scale items weighed at checkout, manually keying prices of all items at the cash register, and processing delays associated with dialup credit card terminals. The StoreLIVE! system was implemented to solve these issues and further streamline operations. The store now enjoys fast checkout times with integrated credit card processing, the ability to weigh and add items to a sale by pressing a single key, the ability to scan barcodes on variable weight deli and bulk food items, and an electronic journal for historic transaction lookup. In addition to this, cash drawer balancing has also been simplified with the StoreLIVE! register balancing application, and real-time and historical sales and sales tax reports are available at any time.