David Paylor
01226 732200
Nationwide Retail Systems Ltd

Nationwide Retail Systems Ltd

Established in 1980 Nationwide Retail Systems Limited have over 35 years of experience of developing, supporting and servicing EPOS solutions for the education sector and today are recognised as the No. 1 innovator and supplier of Cashless Catering Management Systems in the UK. As a One Stop Solution company our software is developed internally and our hardware is assembled or manufactured specific to customer operational requirement and in line with current technologies and operating solution capability.

NRS have over 30 UK Council partnerships that operate our solutions on a contracted basis with tender awards via European Journal, OCG and ESPO frameworks, amongst our successes are Cardiff, Powys, Glamorgan, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, North Ayrshire and East Ayrshire demonstrating a truly nationwide capability. The award of these country wide contracts confirms the financial strength of our company and the value and quality of our Trust-e system, and the dedication of our service and support teams when compared to our competitors.

Nationwide’s One Stop Solution policy ensures that we do not provide a box dropping service with its inherent delays and possibility of operation failure but rather the installation of a solution that is fully verified and bench tested prior to dispatch. NRS ISO9001 quality monitored standards help us to deliver smooth installation, effective training and a 1st class partnership engagement via our internal service and support teams.

The Trust-e solution provides our clients with complete peace of mind providing fast and uncomplicated Point of Sale operation helping them to remove cash from their catering operation and to provide a broad range of stakeholder benefits including:

  • Increased speed of service and reduced queuing time
  • Increased uptake of school meals
  • Anonymity of free school meals
  • Key management information for FSM, UiFSM and Paid Meals services
  • Ability to pay on-line or at designated stations in school
  • No need to carry cash preventing loss, theft and bullying
  • Automatic alerts to stop students purchasing allergy trigger or religiously exempt items
  • Students can learn about important lifestyle control by monitoring their own accounts
  • Reporting facilities designed to help decrease wastage and improve the overall efficiency of the meal service

Removing cash and making use of the Trust-e Cashless System allows that pupils and staff can be identified by a preferred ID method:

  • Biometric dermal scan
  • Smart Mifare and or Magnetic stripe Card
  • Proximity tags
  • Barcode scan
  • PIN number verification
  • Class and Photo Recognition

NRS are able to ensure a smooth and simple installation for each and every school with our “Best of Breed” partner integrations including MIS integrations for example we are Technical Partners with Capita SIMS and also operate proven integrations with Serco Facility, Bromcom and CMIS.

NRS also provide numerous account payment top up methods using Online Internet Payments partners such as SIMS Agora, ParentPay, School Comms, Tucasi, Wise Pay, Squid, Capita Council payment solutions and Civica Council payment solutions.

Centralised Solutions for Councils
The Trust-e Cashless System is designed to let local authority catering teams have the ability to seamlessly centrally maintain and manage their diverse schools solutions with the automated management  and distribution of Menu’s, scheduling, creation and allocation of products, their pricing structures, meal deal selection process and EPoS keyboard layouts.

The NRS central solution will also provide instant access to reporting data generated by each school including the full transaction history allowing the council to report on meal uptake, free school meals and product sales. Combined with the analysis provided for pupil and nutritional data this then enables the reporting of crucial data such as eating habits via not only by school but relative to post code area, gender, religion and ethnicity.

The provision of a centrally controlled solution allows the catering team at each school to concentrate on the preparation and planning of school meals rather than the time consuming administrative tasks of consolidation of data and slow process engendered by paper based reporting.

The Trust-e Cashless Systems incorporates innovations and functionality which will enable the clients catering service team to operate to a high level of performance. Some of the standard features available include Menu Schedules, Substitute Items, Nutritional Tracking, Stock Control, Labour Management and Time & Attendance. Also advanced features such as our Sales and Stock Forecasting tool which predicts the amount of stock that will be required on a day to day basis to vastly reduce the amount of wastage from the school meals service.

Our policy of consultation, continual technical and software development guarantees that our leading edge products remain the bench mark for the industry. Working with the standards being produced by the LACA membership and Childrens Food Trust, we will continue to meet the needs of all stake holders that use and operate our Trust-e Cashless System.