Zoho Corporation launches new brand in India

Zoho Corporation  the parent company of leading technology brands Manage Engine, Zoho.com, TrainerCentral, and Qntrl, announced the launch of a new brand in India Zakya. Zakya, a modern POS solution, helps small and medium retail businesses streamline their day-to-day operations. Stores can implement Zakya and start billing in under an hour. Zakya offers businesses an end-to-end modern POS setup, including a billing app that allows salespeople to start billing parallelly during peak hours from their mobile phones and reduce the queue. 

 Zakya has been curated to address the needs of the retail SMBs, from small single location stores to multi-store retailers. Currently, Zakya supports 170+ active stores in the country, in various places including Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Bandhavgarh, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Nagercoil, and others. Zakya is available for use immediately. The standard plan starts at ₹649 per month, billed annually. The offering is also available for a 15-day free trial.

Store owners can also launch their own apps that will enable customers to buy from their mobile phones and have the items delivered to them or ready for an in-store pick up. Store owners can see all their information about sales and inventory from one or more stores in one place in the central admin console. They can also gather insights using real-time analytics about transactions, inventory, etc. Zakya supports many Indian languages. 

Zakya also announced the findings from a survey conducted in February, 2024, wherein 1040 businesses were surveyed to determine the level of POS adoption, usage, and impact on SMBs in the country. Only 39% of the respondents use a POS software for their billing operations, while 95% of the ones who don't use POS, said they wanted to adopt it by 2029. Of the respondents who wanted to adopt the POS solution in the next five years, 75% of them said that the ease of using and managing the solution will be a key factor influencing the purchase decision.

Zakya comes pre-integrated with payment partners, including Pine Labs, Razorpay, and PhonePe, to provide convenience to the customers. It can be integrated with shipping partners like AfterShip and EasyPost to deliver customer orders. Integration with Twilio allows stores to send SMS notifications to customers, while the integration with WhatsApp allows users to send messages for invoices, sales orders, and payment receipts from the system directly.

"The survey shows that POS software adoption is currently low in India, with only 39% of the respondents using a POS solution. The rest of them still rely on traditional operations like cash bills and spreadsheets.  Zakya bridges this gap by offering an online, easy-to-use POS solution that can be implemented quickly, empowering smaller businesses to take the software live and start billing in under an hour," said Jayagopal Theranikal, Chief Evangelist, Zakya.

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