Orca: Businesses Operating System for F&B and Micro Businesses

I visited the exhibition booth of this Singapore company that developed Orca, a Business Operating System (BOS) that helps established F&B outlets run their operations more efficiently, and enables new micro businesses and small outlets to get off the ground running.

Orca Lite is a low-cost Android POS solution designed for single & multiple-outlet operations. It even comes with a complete inventory management system.

While visiting Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 at Marina Bay Sands, I met up with Dr Koh Wee Lit, the owner of local company Red Hare Studios that developed the Orca BOS.

He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Singapore-based Habitat Blue, which has taken over the sales and development of Orca.

Dr Koh gave me a detailed brief on the challenges that an F&B establishment faces in the day-to-day operations of the business – and how important it was to have an integrated BOS that helps the restaurant manager and staff run operations more smoothly and efficiently.

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Dr Koh Wee Lit, Chief Technology Officer of Habitat Blue at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 in Singapore. All its developers are based in Singapore.

Orca offers an iOS-based BOS that includes important business modules that cover order taking/tracking (using iPads), kitchen/assembly displays for multiple stations in the kitchen and tablet-based Point-of-Sale (POS) stations.

The restaurant management solution also offers inventory tracing and stock management, reports modules for generating product mix and sales information for daily management or strategic decision making and online ordering modules for co-ordinated delivery services.

The solution is customisable to the specific needs of each restaurant and can be integrated with third-party systems for greater synergy.

The Orca BOS caters not only to large restaurants, but also to cafes (bistros, pastry bakeries), quick service outlets serving fast food, or bars (including lounges and pubs).

The solution is modularised so the F&B customer can pick and choose what it needs and add on in the future as it grows.

Monthly subscriptions start from S$119 per month.

Habitat Blue also offers Orca Lite – an affordable Android-based All-in-one POS solution that targets small F&B kiosks/stalls/food-trucks and micro businesses.

The solution is meant to help small outlets that are just starting out and which are more cash-strapped.

Red Hare Studios, founded by Dr Koh Wee Lit, and original developer of Orca, had a booth at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 showcasing Orca BOS.

More importantly, Orca Lite provides a working solution that saves inexperienced stall holders or managers of small outlets the trouble and pain of figuring out a working workflow by learning from mistakes.

They can then focus on the selling and improving of product mix to increase sales.

Subscription for each location starts from S$49 per month.

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11 Responses to “Orca: Businesses Operating System for F&B and Micro Businesses”

  1. Gene Wee says:

    Hi I running 2 bubble tea outlets in the heartlands and planning to open another 2. Now everything very manual and hard to manage. Will the Orca help me with inventory & sales tracking?

  2. Leslie Teo says:

    Is there an iphone version for the Orcalite? Can I use my iphone with the Orcalite?

    • tech4tea says:

      The Orca Lite is Android based, so the in-store POS will definitely need to be Android. For monitoring/managing (in-store or remotely) sales and inventory in your store, if you have an Android smartphone/tablet, you can use an app to do so easily. If your personal device is an iPhone, it’s more troublesome. You can get Orca Lite to generate reports that are emailed to you as an attachment so you can download on your iPhone/iPad to view.

      • Leslie Teo says:

        Aiyah so troublesome… so i have to get another Android phone just to get the information? I might actually consider it, have been considering changing from my iPhone 5 to an Android. iPhone too expensive oledi.

        • tech4tea says:

          I think they develop in Android precisely because you can get Android devices for much cheaper than iOS devices, and microbusinesses tend to be very cost-conscious. And the company don’t want to devote the resources to develop an iOS version. For bigger F&B establishments they offer a more comprehensive iOS-based solution than the Orca Lite.

        • Koh Wee Lit says:

          You can reach me at 8823 3568 to check out the demo, got special discount. You do not have to get the phone “now” because the reports can be emailed out to you from the android tablet at the outlet. I am sure tech4tea have good android tablets to recommend !

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