Archives For October 2013

Tech4Africa

Currently in its fourth year, the Tech4Africa conference came to Johannesburg last week Thursday and Friday (9-10 October).

According to their website, Tech4Africa is considered to be “the premier African technology event for everyone interested in technology in Africa”. Hosting over 600 delegates this year, the conference ran over two days with a core focus on technical workshops and sessions for practitioners. Delegates could also attend and enjoy interesting talks where knowledge on various subjects within the technical field was imparted.

Featuring a range of impressive speakers over the years, Tutuka’s very own software developer, Jurgens du Toit joined the ranks this year, offering his input in a talk entitled; “Is PHP the slums of the programming world?”. This included a discussion about PHP’s viability as a language in a modern web stack.

“I attended Tech4Africa for the first time last year, and decided that I’m going to try and speak at it this year. My experience is that people tend to disregard PHP as a modern language, and I wanted to address this…It’s not part of Tutuka’s web stack, but as I have quite a bit of experience with it, I decided to centre my talk around it,” said Jurgens about his involvement.

“Although the conference is somewhat business orientated, the first day’s focus is on development and developers, and a lot of technically minded people attend the first day. It’s a great opportunity to network and be exposed to other technologies and methodologies.”

As part of their programme, Tech4Africa also runs what they term “Developer Hackathons”, an opportunity, for those interested, to explore technology stacks, complex problems, emerging technologies and more.

We commend Jurgens on his involvement at the Tech4Africa conference and see this as an example of the expertise and knowledge-base housed at Tutuka.

QwickPAY-logo

For innovation in mobile payments and an answer to common payment qualms, QwickPAY offers a complete payment solution which is compatible with browser-based, iOS and other mobile smart phone devices. QwickPAY allows it’s users to accept credit and signature debit sales accessed from anywhere and at anytime by a simple swipe. Enjoy as your QwickPAY compatible device is converted into a quick, easy and convenient Point of Sale (POS) system. It’s as simple as downloading the app, ensuring you have a Secure Card Reader Authenticator and following a few easy steps.

How it works?

  • As a merchant or business owner, download the QwickPAY app available either at an iPhone App Store or as an Android App on Google Play and ensure that your device has a Secure Card Reader
  • Once installed, open the application and enter the relevant amount needed for the transaction
  • Swipe the customer’s card. Please note that the app will only process card-present transactions and accepts all Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover cards.
  • When a customer swipes for a transaction, there is immediate authentication of the card to ensure it is not a fraudulent copy and allows customers to digitally sign for their transactions and calculates tax and tip costs from the transaction.
  • Email receipts are issued as a proof of transaction.

Pro’s:

  • Quick, easy and convenient
  • Simple to use
  • With QwickPAY, the user never comes into contact with sensitive cardholder data so customer’s have peace of mind and lowering the scope of PCI DSS standards
  • Immediate authentication of the card to ensure it is not a fraudulent copy
  • Can be used anywhere at anytime
  • Email receipts are available
  • There is also an option to add customers to a contact list.

Con’s:

  • Only useful for card-present transactions.

If I were a coffee shop…

prelin —  October 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

Every cafe or coffee shop needs something to help it stand out. The have been many types of stores which come up with crazy  themes, offerings, specials just to keep customers coming back. Their is always a need for something that entails a stronger incentive for consumers to return to the establishment.

Apart from the amazing food, beverages or snacks I will obviously serve, if I were a coffee shop, I thought gift cards for corporate meetings or vouchers for free or discounted beverages would work well to make sure my customers return to me continuously. Rewarding patrons with something linked to my business means they have to come back to reap the benefits.

Everyone loves a free meal right? Prepaid is arguably the best way to do this for customers. Just the other month I was a hotel and considered all the ways Tutuka’s closed loop prepaid bouquet could benefit my business.

If I had to map it out using Tutuka’s online self-service option that allows the creation of instant closed loop prepaid accounts, I could immediately list several ways in which to integrate the convenience of prepaid into my establishment.

1-       Gift cards

Mellissa wants to thank a friend for doing her a favour. She buys a gift card from my coffee shop/cafe so the friend can have a cup of joe with her family at their convenience.

2-       Vouchers for special occasions

Mellissa is going to be away on business for Mother’s Day. She plans ahead and buys her mum a voucher for our Mother’s Day special, which is our awesome hot chocolate for two, so she can have a lovely morning with Mellissa’s brother Tom.

3-       Rewards points

Every time Mellissa comes to us for a meal or to purchase a gift card or voucher, she earns rewards points. She can exchange these for a milkshake or any menu item of her choice once she has enough. Alternatively, she can build up to 500 points and get a full free meal.

4-       Staff meals/drinks

It’s just poor marketing to have coffee shop/cafe staff that look hungry or thirsty. Each of my staff members gets a free meal and soft drink per shift. They are given vouchers that are scanned and redeemed on Tutuka’s self-service control panel once the staff member has used it.

redeemed account

5-       Birthday treats

To help build up closer relations with my patrons I will ask them to sign up to our mailing list. This way they will find out about our specials and also we could send them vouchers on their birthdays.

6-       Corporate functions

Companies wanting to throw corporate meetings at our establishment can ask for preloaded drinks vouchers before they arrive in order to ensure the tab doesn’t get blown through the roof. Each employee will be given the agreed amount of vouchers and will hand them in as they order. Vouchers not redeemed during the night can be refunded to the company.