Catapult is a comprehensive commerce platform calibrated for Co-op success.
Catapult is the leading point of sale system for natural products cooperatives. Because we maintain a value-focused, customer-centric approach, our solutions are ideal to handle the unique nature of food co-op grocers.
Cooperatives are member-owned and community-focused, dedicated to improving the quality of life for their owners and their neighbors by providing value and accessibility for all. This presents a store model that is unique–Catapult was built to provide food cooperatives and their members with the tools necessary to not only service their unique needs, but exceed store goals.
Catapult’s automated inventory tools, back office management resources, and membership management functions will empower co-op users to ascend to new heights of operational efficiency.
Food Co-Op Features At-a-Glance
- Efficient membership management
- Fast, friction-free transactions
- Easy-to-use POS interface
- Full-Spectrum Inventory Management
- Reporting and analytics
- Sales tracking
- Many ways to pay
- Back office functions
- General Ledger Export
Catapult POS for Food Co-Ops
Catapult goes beyond omni-channel and it’s more than unified commerce. It is scalable and responsive thanks to Unified Transaction Logic™. This means all critical areas of operation in your enterprise are connected in real time. Your transaction touchpoints all work as one platform, on one platform.
It is a comprehensive solution that enables efficient management of operations.
Easy Membership Management
Catapult Membership Server
Member-owners are the lifeblood of food co-ops, when members thrive, so do stores. Catapult Membership Server tracks vital membership information in real time right from the point of sale.
An easy-to-use interface streamlines control over member programs and allows cashiers to access all functions related to member accounts, including new member signups.
Equipped with Catapult’s Membership Server functions, associates can automatically adjust pricing, by member, to ensure that they meet all membership obligations. This way, cooperative stores can avoid scenarios where someone who hasn’t paid dues receives membership benefits at the point of sale.
Track member patronage
Associates can easily track owner patronage to see how often a member has contributed to the cooperative.
Access customer accounts
Cashiers with the proper security allowances can see customer profiles, apply discounts, process refunds, charge membership fees, and edit price levels without ever leaving the point of sale.
Fast, Friction-Free Transactions
Unified Transaction Logic
A transaction made at your checkout lanes will process no differently than an order placed online. All information from all of your stores synchronizes to your headquarters in real time (and vice versa).
With Unified Transaction Logic, your discounts, dynamic promotions, rewards programs, and other transactional processes will work the same, across the board.
All transactional information synchronizes to the system for real-time, precise business analytics. Catapult has the power to process all transactions, across your enterprise, at every retail touchpoint.
Whether you’re running one location or a multi-store cooperative, Catapult can cover all of it at a lightning-fast pace, no matter the customer volume, time of day, or method of transaction.
Customizable touch screens
With hot keys, cashiers are empowered and unnecessary steps are eliminated; they can speed through transactions and member management operations all from the point of sale.
Perpetual Inventory with DemandFill®
Catapult’s full-spectrum inventory management capability can replace your current inventory management software and cut down on complexity and costs. Capital freed up can be reinvested into the lifeblood of your store… your cooperative community.
Catapult makes perpetual inventory possible for even single store operations. DemandFill helps stores avoid stock-out scenarios and keeps fresh food orders flowing at optimal pace.
Perpetual Inventory & Replenishment
Perpetual inventory helps to avoid stock-out scenarios and keeps fresh food orders flowing at optimal pace. Order Assist™ module displays displays suggested item order quantities based on forecasted auto-replenishment calculations and can then generate a purchase order for each associated supplier.
Submit Purchase Orders Via EDI, Fax, Email, And More
Purchase orders are made easily through supplier integration and bi-directional communication via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). Catapult will also submit inventory orders through other mediums allowing you to send one purchase order to an EDI supplier, then another via fax, and then another to email, all depending on your vendor’s capabilities.
On-Floor Inventory Adjustments & Label Printing
While you’re on the floor, you can easily print easy to read, high contrast shelf labels using a portable label printer. Now store associates can print shelf labels on-the-fly from anywhere in the store!
Universal Product Database
Use the ECRS-powered UPD to put our data in your catalog with lightning speed. The UPD includes valuable information like health attributes, brand, item image, size, receipt alias and suggested retail price.
Reporting and Business Intelligence
Track Sales and Performance
Cooperatives face unique challenges that other grocery retailers do not. The careful balancing act required for profitability is made even more in complex in cooperative environments, where property, operations (and decisions), are not owned by a single person.
Co-ops are socially conscientious, active participants in their communities, and need accurate intelligence to make the right management decisions.
300+ Reports For Store Analytics
With over 300 pre-built reports established from best practices as well as customer requests, you will gain the insight you need to better run your business. Each report can be filtered by endless data dimensions.
Visual Intelligence Dashboard
With Catapult Dash™, a live visual intelligence dashboard, you can quickly see your most important data elements in graphic form with drill-down capability.
Run Reports By Product And Department
Our POS software can run reports by product and department so you know what brands and what items are driving your sales – scalable from a few store locations to hundreds.
WITH Catapult – YOU CAN ANSWER ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS WITH EASE
- Is your produce department properly stocked?
- Are there certain time periods when member activity declines?
- Which food brands are driving sales?
- How many of your perishables are spoiling/expiring?
- Who are your top 100 members?
- Which suppliers provide the bulk of your profits?
- What are your peak hours for sales?
- What times of year should you be ordering more of an item?
Many ways to pay: Cash, Credit, Check, Debit, Biometric, House Charge, Gift, Tap
Your cash register should be frictionless to the customer’s purchasing behavior. Catapult has a variety of ways to pay, including several Canadian payment processors to choose from.
Multiple Payment Options
Payments can be processed using Credit & Debit with Canadian Pin & Chip, NFC Touchless Tap & Pay, Apple Pay, no transaction fee self-hosted gift cards, and even third-party gift cards.
Revolutionary Biometric Payment Technology
At the press of a finger, customers can access an associated account with Secure OneTouch™. They can instantly make payments without cards or cash, collect points for loyalty, and apply e-coupons and in-store discounts in real-time.
Back Office Tools and General Ledger
Catapult’s comprehensive back office management tools enable executives to manage loss prevention, conduct employee audits, track performance and productivity, and monitor labor costs.
Catapult features a General Ledger plug-in that can quickly translate worksheet and transaction data from your store[s] into credits and debits for your double-entry bookkeeping system.
The General Ledger interface saves many hours of expensive, skilled accounting labor by harnessing your existing data to get the job done quickly and easily.
Frequently Asked Questions
What features should I be looking for in a cooperative POS system?
A truly seamless and scalable co-op POS needs to be running in real time across the enterprise. It should do more than simply ring up transactions, it should tie together the majority of store systems (deli, café, checkout) and services to reduce friction. The ideal system for a cooperative should be using the information gathered at the POS to generate reports, monitor inventory, and offer insight to enterprise executives. For more detailed insight into what features you should be looking for in your next POS system, check out our comprehensive guide.
Can Armagh service multi-store cooperatives?
Catapult is versatile and features enterprise-class technology. No matter the size of your operation, our system and hardware solutions can cater to your needs.
Our stores still use a silo commerce system, how can we move to unified commerce?
Catapult is flexible. It can be configured to work with any commerce tools you wish to keep, for any length of time. We’ve established a process for grocers to make the transition without interrupting their operations.