One of the UK’s best loved family attractions, Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea, is well advanced with its point-of-sale hardware upgrade project.
The venue’s operator reports it has now rolled out 50+ contemporary touchscreen YUNO EPOS terminals from AURES - on which it runs MERAC ’s MStore retail management solution - across its numerous cafes, food kiosks and ticket booths.
Adventure Island is extensive and now includes a new, all-weather indoor fun centre, Adventure Inside. The popular Sea-Life Adventure, the South East’s premier aquatic attraction in Great Britain, is nearby. Numerous served and to-go food outlets serve all three locations. Emphasis is put on choice and quality: ranging from candy floss to ciabattas, pancakes to pizzas, and burgers to top-quality cuisine, there is something for every palette and budget.
Explains Adventure Island’s Operations Director, Andrew Renton: “For a number of years we’ve used POS hardware from two vendors, one of which is J2 now part of AURES. Of the 99 terminals in our ticket booths, cafes, restaurants and food kiosks, 58 are now from AURES, of which 52 YUNOs across 15 locations. We felt it was time to standardise on a single machine, to make our hardware estate easier to manage.”
“As our old till hardware started to fail and reach end of life, we wanted to upgrade to something newer. The most cost-effective route was to upgrade on a rolling basis and that’s what we are doing.” When it comes to the strengths of the YUNO, Andrew Renton favours its solid state drives. “SSDs make these machines reliable and fast, which we need to stop queues building up. In our Pavillion Restaurant in particular, the YUNO upgrade has lifted till performance and massively increased reliability. The YUNOs are more than capable too of bringing out the strengths of our MERAC MStore software.”
The YUNOs supplied and deployed by MERAC come as a bundle with a receipt printer and till drawer. “This is easier for our procurement people and helps us to budget better.” AURES’ trademark 3-year warranty gives the Adventure Island team a sense of security and predictability.