Freshest Fruit and Vegetables
Seven years ago Burhan and Luba Kaboush began their small business journey by opening Mango Fresh Market in Charlottetown, PEI.
The local interest in international fruits and vegetables has increased along with the growing diversity of people moving to PEI.
Responding to this demand, the Kaboush’s have opened a new store called Freshest Fruits and Vegetables.
The Kaboush’s business philosophy is straight-forward, provide “consumers with good produce as fresh fruits and vegetables at good prices and high quality,” said Luba.
An important part of the Kaboush’s success is they “support local farmers” as well as making fruit and vegetables “affordable.”
While the store carries all of the standard Canadian fruits and vegetables, the Kaboush’s stock a wide range of international produce. In store, you will find lychee, jack fruit, big leaf aloe vera, yoka cassava, al madina and mazafati dates, kalamata spring figs, malanga islena taro (root), sugar cane, eddoes, jicama, maracuya and tamarillos.
A weekly flyer lays out the WOW deals that recently included apples, oranges and avocado's at 0.89/lb.
When shoppers like and share the flyer on social media along with “telling us what kind of food you can make from the food listed in the flyer”, their name is placed in the contest box and if its drawn they win a $25 gift certificate.
Luba says it best, “When you support us you support your local farmers.” She adds, “If your not supporting small local owned business, you’re not growing your economy, your not creating jobs.”
Freshest Fruits And Vegetables uses POS-n-go running on an Elo PayPoint all-in-one POS machine integrated with the Valor scale so that produce weight is automatically calculated and added to the customers order. Along with integration of Nuvei payment processing, the sales transaction is streamlined, fast and accurate.
For all your produce needs, check out Freshest Fruits And Vegetables on Capital Drive in Charlottetown, PEI.
Hot Tubs and Future Opportunities
Seeing a market opportunity, Matt and Jena Ballard took the leap into business ownership. They recently purchased Marysville Hot Tubs. Being avid hot tubbers, it was a natural fit for them to buy the store and launch the next generation of outdoor living experience.
Hot tubs, accessories and service calls are not the only focus for the Ballard's. They plan to expand the business to include BBQs, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, patio heaters and possibly outdoor living furniture. "It made sense as something we should do and its needed in this town," said Matt.
Their expansion plans include building a new store across and kitty-corner from the current location that features a "unique design" by Tyee. They hope to be re-located by late October.
The Ballard's plan to provide a high level of customer service and after purchase support. "Keep everybody happy," said Matt. Supplying what people need in the outdoor living area is another integral part of their business approach. Listening to customers is at the core of that understanding.
In the immediate future, the Ballard's will stock BBQs and patio heaters along with state of the art hot tubs and high quality accessories including chemicals and filters.
Next steps after the move to new digs call for hiring WET certified installers so they can expand into indoor fireplaces.
Unique custom made fireplace mantles will feature concrete, finished wood and live edge designs. At some point, they may even provide "artwork for above fireplace mantles."
With a new logo and new website that's under construction, the Ballard's look forward to helping customers expand and enhance the outdoor living experience.
After learning about POS-n-go from Old Crow Emporium (a POS-n-go customer in Kimberley, BC), Matt and Jena selected POS-n-go as their POS system. "I wanted to stay local with a company I've heard good things about," said Matt. Over-all, "We're very happy with the system, its worked out very well."
The store uses a modern Elo PayPoint all-in-one touch screen system integrated with a Nuvei/Pivotal payment terminal. Their POS-n-go account includes the tools needed to customise the POS to their specific requirements and over 70 reports for understanding their business and financial performance.
Inventory control and customer management are two key features for Matt. The store has many "repeat customers" and the ability to track their purchases in detail is a "great help." "The customer base is definitely one of the best features," said Matt.
Head on over to Marysville Hot Tubs, have a chat with Matt and Jena, then check out the great clearance sale prices on 2018 models. You will find them at 417C 304th Avenue, Marysville, BC.
Another year of positive growth for POS-n-go
POS-n-go Solutions enjoyed another banner year of growth and development as the number of merchants using the POS system expanded across Canada and made in-roads into the US market.
With a steady pace of small merchants selecting POS-n-go, 2018 had the total dollar value of transactions processed up 224% over 2017. The actual number of transactions POS-n-go processed rose 257% compared to 2017.
Last year saw a significant increase in gift card processing which is up 404% over 2017. It means small merchants are embracing the convenience of supplying customers with an easy way to shop.
In 2018, the biggest addition to POS-n-go was online shopping for retail stores and online ordering for restaurants. POS-n-go merchants now have the ability to capture business and market share through online commerce. And, the online store is part of the POS-n-go subscription package. No extra cost for a huge gain in customer satisfaction and sales.
The online store is completely integrated with POS-n-go’s categories, products, inventory control, customer management and reporting functions. No longer do you have to try and reconcile inventory between your online store and your regular POS, with POS-n-go its all at your finger tips and easily done.
Restaurants enjoyed the addition of the wait list feature that allows staff to create a list of patrons waiting for a table or order along with sending them a custom branded text message when it is ready.
For bookstores and libraries, POS-n-go now integrates with BookNet Canada. Instead of manually inputting author name, book title and pricing, all you need to do is scan the ISBN number and all of the book information is automatically loaded into POS-n-go, including book cover images for merchants using the online store.
Not only is POS-n-go fully integrated with BookNet, but for stores using scales, we are integrated with legal trade scales for sales by weight.
If all you need is a snap-shot instead of running a detailed sales report, then POS-n-go has it covered with a new stylish dashboard in the merchant portal. It shows current daily sales along with a monthly total and comparison to the previous year monthly sales.
In 2018, POS-n-go took major steps in expanding its market beyond Canada. The roll out of the Poynt 5 smart terminal in the US has opened up numerous opportunities for reaching new customers in that market. As well, POS-n-go opened a data centre in Europe that meets strict EU storage and privacy requirements. POS-n-go is now available on the Poynt app store.
Looking ahead to 2019, POS-n-go expects another great year especially with the introduction of a new customer loyalty program. Fully integrated, the loyalty program automatically issues points to customers, allows you the flexibility to set-up how many loyalty points are awarded and redeemed, and the ability to redeem points on any transaction. A full suite of reports keeps you up-to-date on loyalty program totals including outstanding liability and points exposure.
POS-n-go looks forward to enhancing its partnership with Elo Touchscreen. The PayPoint and PayPoint Plus all-in-one POS machines are sleek modern systems using large touchscreens that feature a built-in cash drawer, receipt printer, bar code scanner and a customer facing LCD screen. The PayPoint is an easy to install reliable commercial grade POS machine with an industry leading 3-year warranty.
POS-n-go Solutions is moving forward to grow its dealer network across Canada and provide small merchants with the power and cost effectiveness of a state-of-the-art POS system at an unheard of monthly fee. The expansion of the Poynt POS platform across the US and Europe opens up new markets and growth potential for years to come.
POS-n-go: Providing small business with the tools, data and reports to grow and profit.