Retail electronic point-of-sale supplier, EPOS Group, has acquired RSA Systems, the Blackburn-based bakery point-of-sale and software specialist.
The purchase of RSA Systems strengthens EPOS Group’s position in the British bakery retail market and is its second acquisition in this sector. In 2009, it bought Hampshire-based bakery POS provider WeCan solutions.
RSA is well-known for its Daybreak system which consists of three products: a point-of-sale application, Touch Till, a back office solution, Shop Controller, and an associated module for bakery production. It has around 50 customers across the UK with installations in approximately 400 sites. Users include bakers, confectioners, tea rooms, coffee houses, sandwich bars and jiffy van operators.
Although the Touch Till and Shop Controller elements of Daybreak will be supported for some time, EPOS Group is offering customers subsidised upgrades to its Quantum EPOS system. There will be no further development work to any other parts of Daybreak. Daybreak’s production module will no longer be supported after August 2013. Instead, EPOS Group will provide users with an upgrade path to CyBake, the management system from its bakery technology partner RedBlack Software.
Under the terms of the deal, RSA technical specialist Jonathan Measures has joined EPOS Group’s support team. His father, RSA’s former managing director Jon Measures, will continue with EPOS Group on a consultancy basis.
Jon Measures said: “It’s business as usual for our customers. We’re really pleased to have moved RSA onto its next era as part of the larger EPOS Group. EPOS Group shares our dedication to providing customers with really good service and well-designed till solutions.”
Stephen Boyes, managing director of EPOS Group, said: “The addition of RSA to the EPOS Group team will add a wealth of experience and industry knowledge to the very strong technical base we have established in recent years. RSA is a very respected company and we are really pleased to have been able to secure such a good arrangement for all parties.”
“With our second acquisition in this sector and our recently formed technology partnership with RedBlack Software, we believe EPOS Group is now the dominant force in the British bakery market.”