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Aloha POS: NCR Cloud - FAQs


Audience

Operators, Technical Teams, Account Managers, Engineers, & Product Teams


Description

This article is iterative and lists the most common FAQs we get from brands that are using Olo with the NCR Cloud integration to Aloha POS.


FAQs
 

1. What is Olo's NCR Cloud integration?

NCR Cloud is the all encompassing name Olo has assigned to our integration(s) to the following NCR products/terms:

  • Cloud Connect
  • Ordering Essentials (OE) 
  • OmniChannel (ODSP)
  • Business Services Platform (BSP)

2. Do my guests get charged tax from Olo or from NCR Cloud?

  • POS is the final authority on charging tax thru a function called "Calculate Tax + Total" (CTT). The tax that shows in Olo during the process of building a basket is called an "Estimation". Once moving on to Checkout, POS responds with the correct tax according to the rules configured in Aloha.

3. Where does pricing in Olo come from?

  • If the automatic updater is on, Olo pulls prices from ODSP, which is the connection to the above store CFC database. These prices are initially shown to the guest while building their basket (think of it as a sticker price).
  • If for some reason, the price reflected while building the basket is not the desired price, POS will respond with the correct price back to the guest on Checkout during the Calculate Tax + Total call (CTT) mentioned in Question #2.

4. Why am I getting a $0 price on my item on Checkout?

If you get a $0 price on a CTT call and you know the item is priced in CFC, one of these issues may be your root cause:

  • Your ATO service may need to be restarted or otherwise addressed.
  • The items may not be flagged as active in CFC for the store.
  • There could be a mapping error on your Olo Company Menu pointing to a $0 priced item.

5. What do I need to configure in Aloha/CFC to support Discounts from Olo?

  • Olo supports the use of Open Dollar Comps for our discounts. They are to be mapped in Olo using the Comp record ID with "c" as a prefix. For example, if you are using Comp 123, the reference would be c123.
    • These are used for either $ off Discounts in Olo or % off Discounts in Olo (where Olo calculates the percentage and then sends that value down to POS to the open dollar Comp).

  • Olo supports the use of Promo Type "Check reduction" for our discounts. They are to be mapped in Olo using the Record ID with no prefix. For example, if you are using  Promo 123, the reference would be 123.
    • These are to be used only with specified/predefined $ off Discounts and the items on the check must be eligible in POS within the definitions of that Check Reduction Promo.

6. How do I control printing via NCR Cloud to Aloha POS?

  • All print routing rules in Aloha are controlled locally by the  configuration in ATO and CFC. If an item is not printing where you want it to, your item routing is likely the root cause. Please work with your NCR Support team for correction.

7. What is an interface terminal?

  • An interface terminal is a terminal in Aloha that is not visible like a physical terminal in the FOH. It is a terminal that runs virtually in the background and is dependent on the proper function of the FOH with a running master terminal.

8. What is an interface employee?

  • An interface employee is an employee that acts as a regular FOH employee in POS, but isn't visible like a real person. It is an employee that logs in and performs action in ATO via the interface terminal for order entry. 

9. What do Connected and POS Order Ready mean in the Dashboard?

  • It means that Olo has successfully authenticated the credentials to NCR's API's Cloud Connect API's for the store you are looking at.
    • At this time, there is not visibility for Olo into the local health of the location, such as: whether the local instance of ATO is online,  the Master Terminal is running, or if the Command Center Agent is in a running state. 

10. Why did my store get disabled automatically? 

  • Stores will get disabled automatically if an error is received back from POS 5 times consecutively without any successful requests.

11. How do I troubleshoot failed order attempts ?

  • Please check the following on Alohaboh  in services.msc for the affected location:
    • NCR Command Center Agent is running
    • Radiant Takeout is running
  • Contact your Olo representative to have the error investigated by your POS Specialist. We can send that error to NCR for guidance or resolution on the NCR side. 

12. Can credit cards be separated into individual tenders?

  • Olo in its simplest form only needs one Tender to submit prepaid orders to Aloha (via a "general" tender type). However, if your business requires that prepaid order tenders are split up by type, then an additional "general" tender will be required for each on both POS and Olo. 
  • Important to note about these payments via Olo are are processed above store and are, therefore, not part of your credit card batch through EDC, but they will be on your Payment Detail Report in Aloha. There is setup required in ATO to implement these.

13. Where will I see tips from guests on my checks once they are in POS?

  • Tips will be allowed by the Aloha general tender type described in Question #12 (must be configured in POS to allow tips). As a result, the tip will be part of the tender on the check in POS just like a credit card that is processed in POS would. The difference is that they are processed above store and are, therefore, not part of your credit card batch through EDC.

  • For Dispatch, tips are typically in the body of the check via an open priced revenue item so that you can address disbersing tips to the DSP on a routine basis that is not per order.

16. When I refund an order in Olo, will Aloha POS be updated automatically to reflect that refund?  

  • No. All cards are processed above store and are mapped to a generic tender type in POS that has no credit card data associated with it. Therefore, POS cannot refund back to the credit card that was processed above store. As such, these are the refund options:

    • Option 1 (2 steps)
      • Refund in Olo which communicates directly with the processor, but not POS.
      • Refund in POS and close the refund check to a generic Olo tender (only purpose is reporting parity and is restricted to same day refunds to accomplish that)

    • Option 2 (1 step)
      • Refund in POS and give cash back to the customer. In this case, no need to process in Olo as that would credit back the customer's credit card. This will not ensure reporting parity.

17. Can I accept payment in-store with Olo or do all orders have to be pre-paid?

  • Yes, depending on your brand's requirements and approved operational pracitices, the integration will allow you to accept unpaid orders that will be paid in-store. When your guest arrives, you will handle the check as you would any other open check in ATO/POS.

 

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