Multiple Stores

Network multiple locations in The Uniform Solution

Multiple Locations

If you own multiple stores or plan to expand your current operation, you can be assured that The Uniform Solution can accommodate your needs. The Uniform Solution was designed from the start to handle the complex needs of multi-location operations. Whether you have 2 stores or 50, The Uniform Solution can accommodate your inventory control needs in a simple, comprehensive, and versatile manner.

Real-Time Access with The Cloud

Real-time access to the sales, inventory, and customer information at all of your locations can be achieved through The Uniform Solution Cloud version.

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Here is why you should consider The Uniform Solution Cloud:

  • You can access The Uniform Solution from a Tablet or Remote PC
  • It has the same outstanding speed as the local version
  • It uses SQL Server "Web Edition" with outstanding performance, no database size limitations, and grows to handle any size multi-store operations 
  • Backups are automatically created every 15 minutes and saved to the cloud
  • Power outages at your store leave you right where you left off with no risk of data loss
  • You no longer need to wait for your data to see real-time data at all of your locations

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Traditional Polling

If the Cloud solution is not right for you, our other solution is traditional polling. The Uniform Solution can consolidate and distribute data between locations once a day in a nightly polling operation that uses an inexpensive FTP site. The polling operation runs each evening and only sends data that is new or has been changed by a location. At the start of the day, each location will have information that was accurate at the close of the previous day for the other locations.

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The Polling Location

The polling location is the physical location that is usually the centerpiece of multiple location operations. The polling location is typically either the largest store in the retail operation, a warehouse for ordering and distributing merchandise, or the corporate headquarters. It is the location determined to be the most central or the most strategic to the entire retail operation, and it is the location where operations only allowed by one location are best performed. The polling location is the location responsible for contacting each remote location in the nightly polling operation.

Remote Locations

Remote locations are locations physically located away from the polling location. They are contacted nightly by the polling location and send newly added or changed information.

The Batch Process

The Batch Process refers to the nightly polling operation conducted to consolidate and distribute data between the polling location and the remote locations. The polling operation is conducted via the internet to connect the polling location with a remote location. Since the data being sent between locations contains only new or changed information, the polling operation is very fast.

Duties of the Polling Location

Some information in The Uniform Solution can only be maintained at the polling location. New inventory items, the user list, customer standards, and inventory standards are a few examples of information maintained at the polling location. Requiring this information to be maintained at the polling location simplifies the polling process as well as the entire inventory control operation.

Sharing Data

The polling operation in The Uniform Solution allows each remote location to share as much or as little data with the polling location as you like. It also allows you to choose what data from what locations you would like to see.