Onqsystems.com, one of six tech start-ups in South Africa’s Seed Engine’s first business accelerator programme, has begun its launch rollout. A cloud-based, point-of-sale software product used in conjunction with a smartphone or a tablet, ONQ is designed to enhance service and increase ordering, delivery and stock management efficiencies in the wholesale, retail and hospitality industries.
It also provides the opportunity for more engaging interaction with customers.
For restaurants it typically enables patrons to place orders with or without waiting staff, dispatches orders through to the chef, keeps kitchen staff abreast of the stage of the orders and also allows patrons to select and order subsequent menu items should that be a requirement. In a retail environment its stock level information and management features are particularly useful for both shoppers and the stores themselves.
Onq is available in various pricing packages with monthly and annual payment alternatives.
It’s the initiative of founder and CEO Dimitri Mallis who has been involved in previous successful tech start-ups. Mallis is also the publisher of an international academic publication, Towards Bluetooth Multihop Messaging and is currently studying for his masters degree in that discipline.
“Seed Engine is a fertile environment for start-up”, he says. “One of the major benefits is the attractive network of investors and potential investors it marries with tech start-up entrepreneurs.”
To date the Onq team has relied solely on the initial R100 000 funding from Seed Engine for their venture.