February 22, 2021
This is part of a series highlighting pilot programs that are being offered at no cost to main street businesses through the Digital Main Street and ventureLAB collaboration through the Community Collaboration Program. Funding for this program is made available in part through the Digital Main Street Future Proof program, with support from Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
Markham-based TAKU is a cloud-based POS designed to allow brick and mortar retailers to offer both curb-side and online sales, and leverage real-time data to sell more online. Along with its sister company, ACE POS, TAKU supports over 6000 customers across North America. As the only system currently integrated directly with Google, TAKU enables businesses to target nearby shoppers with free and paid Google Product Listings. It also automatically portrays the most up-to-date inventory levels by location, without businesses having to manually enter any data. Between now and March 12, 2021, TAKU is offering their POS free-of-charge to main street businesses in York Region through the Community Collaboration Program.
TAKU enables brick and mortar merchants to automatically improve their online presence, attract local shoppers and optimize ad spend. It also allows for easy internal tracking of sales, inventory, and customers. Recognizing that TAKU’s system could help main street businesses manage and recover from the impacts of COVID-19, Co-Founder Karen Wong applied to the Digital Main Street Lab and Community Collaboration programs and received a combined total of $35,000 in funding to provide TAKU’s services free-of-charge to businesses in York Region and Simcoe County.
According to a report by Stats Canada, online sales have increased by 99.3% from February to May 2020.
Only five opportunities remain in York Region to benefit from the TAKU POS system free-of-charge. Click here to join.