What’s in an oven?

Us bakers have never been more spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing equipment for our bakeries. Not only is there a variety of manufactures and suppliers producing top quality products but there are so many versatile adaptations of equipment to suit a range of different baking applications.

Recently we have noticed considerable discussion amongst the industry about the changing face of ovens and the shift from traditional to flexible and multi-purpose models. In trying to take some of the guess work out when choosing your next oven, we’ve summarized the main features and benefits of the various styles of oven available on the market today

Combi Oven:

  • A versatile unit suitable for a variety of uses.
  • A combination of steam and heat is used to achieve different product outcomes.
  • Perfect for use in a commercial kitchen.
  • Easy to use touch screen displays makes operation of the oven simple with minimal training.
  • Preset programs allow consistent cooking.
  • Self-cleaning allows the oven to keep the internals of the oven in good condition.
  • Also great for use in supermarket for chickens and a variety of other products.
  • Increase your product range through ease of use and pre-loaded programs.

Rack Oven:

  • Ideal for larger bakeries.
  • Capable of large productions.
  • Achieves consistent bakes by rotating the rack inside the oven.
  • Perfect for doing a lot of the same or similar products.
  • Quick processing time through being able to wheel in and wheel out racks, no need for unloading separate trays.

Deck Oven:

  • An essential part of any bakery.
  • Offer the ability to bake a number of different products at the same time with different settings on each deck.
  • Cost effective basic models with analog controls are readily available.
  • Digital models offer preset programs, making them easy to use for non-bakers
  • Pre-programming start up times can assure you oven is ready to go exactly when you want.
  • Energy efficient by only using the decks you need.

Speed Ovens:

  • Allow effective product heating in minimal time.
  • Perfect for bakeries heating pies as you need.
  • Helps reduce wastage and improve service.
  • Doesn’t compromise the product by reducing the time period it is heated.
  • Small footprint means they can sit on a bench top.
  • Programs allow ease of use for all staff members.
  • Great for fast paced environments where consumption levels are unknown.

Bakers deserve a sleep in too!

The bleary eyed early mornings every baker endures can now be a thing of the past thanks to GaP Solutions’ range of Retarder-Provers which are quickly becoming an essential piece of kit throughout the industry.

By programming your retarder-prover to precisely optimize the leavening process bakers are now able to knead the dough, shape it and mold it the day before then store it in the equipment on a retarding cycle.

At a pre-programmed time, the machine will switch to a proving cycle and through a tightly controlled process of increased heat and humidity it allows the dough to be ready for baking at a more reasonable start time (you now can even preprogram your ovens to begin warming before you arrive as well).

Not only can you enjoy some well-deserved sleep ins for you and your employees but with a retarder-prover you will quickly realize a return on investment in reduced labour costs and increased productivity.

So why don’t you have a think, perhaps even write it down, about all the things you could do with an extra two hours every day then give the team at GaP Solutions a ring today.

4 Reasons Retailers Need to Invest in Technology


Like it or not retailers are operating in a tech driven society, whether you’re a high end boutique or the local corner store these days a retailer can’t afford to be living in the dark ages. From grass roots social media brand awareness campaigns to influencing in-store – purchases technology has forever altered the consumer experience.

There is a plethora of benefits we could highlight from embracing technology in your retail space but for now we will focus on the core reasons every retail MUST invest in technology.


Payment Security

As we move to an increasingly cashless marketplace the emphasis on store security must also swing from the physical to the digital. At the very least retailers should all by now have embraced EMV “chip” readers for eftpos terminals but further consideration must be given to the network integrity, point to point encryptions and even the security or your communications. Of course if you also offer an ecommerce platform then a whole other world of variables must be considered.

Time Saving

For a long time, software has focused on a silo model, doing what it does well but not allowing information to flow between different business processes. Now as cloud based SaaS’s (software as a service) proliferate and RESTful API’s become the norm, retailers can now enjoy the benefits of having a POS system which updates an inventory control system which than auto restocks based on previous sales data. A loyalty or rewards system will share customer data with a marketing automation system to curate custom offerings based on a shopper’s behavior and previous purchases. Giving owners and managers more time to step out of the back office and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Interactive Everything

Now days seemingly every device, from fridges to coffee machines feature internet connectivity and whilst some may say it seem likes overkill, this prevalence of technology provides for greater levels of interactions with consumers. By capitalizing on new technology, any consumer facing device can now be utilized to enhance a consumers instore experience by personalizing offers, identifying repeat customers and contributing to a word of mouth buzz.

By embracing emerging augmented reality (AR) technology these retailers have been able to differentiate their offerings from competitors through value added services.

  • Cosmetics chain Sephora launched AR technology which enables customers to view different styles and shades of makeup on them without the need to physically apply it accompanying this are customer facing iPads which display product tutorials.
  • IKEA launched a digital AR catalogue for tablets which enabled customers to experience what different pieces of furniture would look like in their homes.
  • London based Topshop unveiled a virtual reality dressing room which removed the need for customers to enter the change rooms.

Insight Rich Data

The beauty of interactive technology is that not only does it entice increased customer engagement but it is also capable of capturing rich data on consumer behavior. The same wireless technology which can be used to interact with customers on an individual level can also interact with the customer’s mobile devices to track browsing and shopping habits and then send targeted messages via Beacon transmitters placed around a store. By capturing such rich data, retailers will gain greater customer insights, providing more effective identification and realization of opportunities. The technology will significantly increase a retailer’s acquisition marketing levels and will provide a far greater overall ROI on marketing activities through enhanced information.

GaP Solutions is an industry leader in retail POS software and hardware, offering tailored solutions for industries such as grocery, fresh produce, fuel and liquor amongst others. Visit for more information on point of sale and back office systems.

Why pick a cloud based point of sale and back office system




Corey Pedler


In today’s tough retail market vendors must actively embrace cutting edge technology to ensure business viability and success. Cloud based point of sale and back office systems provide the greatest return on investment and “bang for your buck” by embracing the resource pooling concept to allow retailers far greater efficient and effective options compared to traditional systems. The following aspects of cloud technologies distinguish the benefits of installing such a system.




Cloud based software was born out of the increasingly mobile society of today. The recent advancements in e-commerce and retail technology mean that businesses have been able to vastly expand their geographical reach. By employing a cloud based back office system, retailers can manage every aspect of trade from off site, or from a head office for multisite vendors.


With a cloud based POS system, owners and managers will find a far greater level of flexibility by being able to utilize countless wireless devices, such as tablets and smartphones, as mobile points of sale. With enhanced options for POS retailers can expect to see improved customer satisfaction, especially in peak service times.




The integration of loyalty programs and the ability to capture consumer information gives owners and managers the power to identify real time opportunities and create campaigns, rewards or incentives with a few simple clicks to realise and maximise the potential of the opportunity.

Cloud solutions with RESTful API’s will easily integrate with third party software and apps to streamline and simplify accounting, ordering, marketing and forecasting. By automating and integrating across all aspects of a business, owners and managers can spend less time on tedious yet necessary tasks.



Contrary to popular opinions cloud infrastructure can be as secure as legacy systems, in fact 64% of IT professionals reported that cloud solutions are actually more secure. Data breaches relating to cloud systems are almost always related to human error and usually result from entry via a third party vendor. The heightened concern relating to cloud security has actually seen vast improvements in security, meaning cloud based solutions will almost certainly provide you the greatest bang for your buck security wise.


Greater ROI


As mentioned earlier, by utilizing resource pooling to mitigate costs, cloud solutions have been shown to provide a 2.1 return on investment compared with on premise solutions. Lower initial and ongoing costs as well as a 91% drop in energy usage costs for a comparable on premise system make it hard to overlook a cloud based system.


Less Downtime


By choosing to go with a managed cloud solution, retailers will benefit from greater consistency and reliability. On premise IT infrastructure is expensive to maintain and extremely costly in periods of outages. Most cloud providers offer Service Level Agreements which stipulate 24/7 availability, whilst outages may still occur with a cloud solution, failover mechanisms on servers can quickly transmit hosted applications via other available servers.


Questions to ask?


When exploring your options for cloud based POS/BO you will invariably discover numerous providers. To help choose the right solution here are the four questions you must ask before making your selection.


  1. Can the cloud solution be scaled up to meet increased demand and business growth?


  1. What support and after sale service does the provider offer?


  1. What is the provider’s history of downtime, have any major issues occurred with their solution?


  1. How secure is my data and what happens in the event of a disaster?


GaP Solutions is an industry leader in retail POS software and hardware, offering tailored solutions for industries such as grocery, fresh produce, fuel and liquor amongst others. Visit for more information on point of sale and back office systems

How to reduce theft & cheating at Self Serve Checkouts

Regardless of technological advancements & security measures, self checkout systems often found in supermarkets and convenience stores solely depend on the honesty of customers for scanning, and paying for their shopping.

In a recent study, it has been revealed one third of all customers “cheat” the self checkout machines.

Some technological security measures built in to the self checkout machine utilize scales in the bagging area. However, shoppers find these measures are easy to get around.

Shoppers carry out all kinds of tasks to cheat the self checkout, including:

  • Swapping barcodes on items
  • Scan more expensive fruit & veg as lower cost varieties
  • Avoid scanning an item all together and simply placing it on the floor in an already packed bag.

Emmeline Taylor is a criminologist and comments shopper’s attitudes toward supermarkets as massive corporations makes it okay to cheat the self serve checkouts.

Others believe their actions are justified because they are forced to do the work of a checkout attendant, or that they’ve had to put up with problems in the checkout process and the mis-scanning of items is simply a mistake or accident.

Solutions to reduce theft and cheating at self service checkouts include a simply login screen at the start of every self-checkout system’s sequence, where the shopper must agree to be honest and not cheat the system – research suggests this could play into the mind’s of the human psyche.

Another popular solution is to schedule a staff member to greet shoppers entering the self-checkout service area, reminding them they are there to help them.


The presence of the staff member can also act as a deterrent to shopper’s considering cheating the system.

GaP Solutions can tailor your self serve checkouts how you want them, talk to us now about all your point of sale equipment needs

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As well as acquiring the necessary Point of Sale (POS) hardware and software, is it important that staff embrace the efficiency mindset? Is it difficult to learn how to use GaP Solutions’ POS products? Do you offer training and service support?

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