November 16, 2020
6 min read

New Customers and Partnerships Illustrate How GK is Transforming Retail in the Cloud

The cloud has made it possible for retailers to offer new services and conveniences in their stores that were previously impossible. For example, the ability to centralize customer data from across channels and devices, as well as process that information quickly, allows retailers to reach individual shoppers with personalized messages.  

A recent study found that cloud spend continues to grow, and more than half say usage will be higher than initially planned as a result of COVID-19. Cloud computing is essential for data analysis at a large scale, through which retailers can pull insights, trends and solutions to improve processes. A centralized repository for data across stores ensures anyone can access it whenever they need it, from anywhere.  

Recognizing this essential need, we’ve invested in further developing our cloud solutions to meet the demands of modern retailers and consumers. As a result of our continued innovation, we’re working with prestigious partners and have seen additional customers choose us as their unified cloud platform provider. 

Onboarding new German customers demonstrate signs of growth

Our cloud4retail platform has seen continued growth from our German headquarters. One of the top do-it-yourself retailers in Germany, which has branches in several European countries, chose the solution because of its ease of use, adaptability and opportunity for continued innovation. Once the rollout is complete, the retailer will operate more than 2,000 installations across the globe.   

As well, another long-standing retail customer has chosen to migrate to OmniPOS in the cloud. These initiatives will allow both retailers to better serve their customers, regardless of the channels in which they shop. As we enter 2021, we expect to see even more adoption of cloud-based solutions, and we’re eager to see the success our customers can achieve with these new initiatives. 

SAP chooses GK to expand cloud solutions offerings 

For more than ten years, SAP has been selling GK Software's solutions as SAP Solution Extensions to a global customer base. Now, our products are available for SAP's industry cloud. This partnership delivers innovative, vertical solutions that helps customers achieve cost-effective transformation and sustainable growth, provides new opportunities for better business processes, and a competitive advantage.   

"The SAP Omnichannel Point-of-Sale by GK application, developed by GK Software, fills critical whitespace in our portfolio and enables a true omnichannel experience for our customers," said Achim Schneider, SVP and global head, Industry Business Unit Retail for SAP. "This is a prime example of how co-innovation between our organizations can deliver value for customers. We look forward to continued collaboration with GK Software and the creation of innovative cloud solutions and applications for customers who want to drive cost-effective and sustainable growth in their industry." 

Announcing availability of cloud4retail on Microsoft Azure

The cloud4retail platform is also optimized for use with Microsoft Azure, and uses its diverse storage, server and scaling capabilities, which offer significant advantages over conventional on-premises installations. With cloud4retail on Azure, retailers now have another option of various deployment models, and can easily scale up operations as required.  

"Product integration with GK Software is exactly the kind of technological solution that ensures that store salespeople, managers and HQ teams are in the best position to be successful with every interaction," said Sahir Anand, Principal & Global Retail Industry Lead, Microsoft Azure at Microsoft.  

Seamless omnichannel processes require the cloud

These latest announcements illustrate how cloud4retail is a flexible, open commerce platform providing services for integrated unified commerce environments. Would your business be empowered by a seamless omnichannel process? From mobile customer loyalty to mobile store merchandise management and so much more, our modern, quickly expandable cloud platform is ready to do it all.