We have just released a new feature on the Teddy Mountain Stuff-Your-Own Teddy Bear Website which we believe is an industry first. Teddy Mountain sees itself as the most innovative teddy bear franchise and they use LavaBlast's technology for both their supporting infrastructure and client facing applications.
We've done a number of industry-specific solutions for this franchisor:
- Interactive Kiosk with webcam and touch screen to create your own teddy bear adoption certificate.
- Point of Sale: Integrated with the kiosk, our point of sale is easy to use and reduces training costs.
- Website: Online sales via an e-commerce engine with a few teddy bear industry-specific features.
- FranchiseBlast: Our centralized management and collaboration portal which ties everything together, providing a single environment to modify the product line, store pricing, collaborate with others, share documents, view reports, etc.
Today, we augmented the integration between the points of sales distributed across the world and the Teddy Mountain website. We are now allowing members of the frequent buyer program to view adoption certificates they have created in brick and mortar stores…. online! Simply put, existing PaLS members from a select number of stores are able to see their frequent buyer card balance and birth certificate history on the Teddy Mountain website. We think that no other franchisor in the teddy bear industry has done anything similar and are proud to see Teddy Mountain lead the way. Of course, for privacy concerns, only those who sign-up for the program will have their pictures made available online to distribute to their friends and family.
We feel that, in the long term, this feature will improve gift card sales from out-of-town family members as the donor can receive visual feedback from the recipient, via the Internet.
If the feature attracts some interest, we are open to implementing new features such as integration with FaceBook or using Google's OpenSocial API. We shall also add features such as emailing certificates to friends/family with a greeting.