Cloud-based tech simplifies transactions for school meals sector

Des élèves choisissent leurs plats pour déjeuner à la cantine du collège de la Chataigneraie, le 20 Juin 2011 à Autun. Ce collège expérimente un nouveau rythme scolaire où des classes "pilotes" suivent des cours classiques le matin et participent à des activités sportives et culturelles l'après midi.  AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Point of sale software house, Lolly, has launched a new cloud-based school meal system which is designed to support education providers to quickly and effectively validate against allocated allowances. 

The solution, unveiled this month, allocates a specific amount to students, and then interfaces this into the Lolly point of sale (PoS) system. The student uses their ID card at the PoS to check their balance, or to redeem their allowance, in what is aimed to provide a simple user experience.

For the hospitality provider, they are able to utilise an existing investment into contactless cards. The system also enables discreet interaction between the student and till operator, and this anonymity helps to release the stigma associated with free meals. Student eligibility and the daily allowance can also be managed in real-time, reducing the risk of fraud. A web-based administration panel, can be accessed anytime/anywhere, to ensure effective monitoring and management.

Peter Moore, CEO at Lolly, said: “We’re excited by the potential of this launch, and what it will bring to this sector. We are now developing it to offer additional facilities and rules, such as promoting healthy eating. It also has the ability to support loyalty schemes, which could – potentially – open up a whole new market.”

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