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Hot POS Headlines from July: Mobility, Loyalty & Integration Drive POS Installs and Upgrades

The point-of-sale landscape was definitely a fertile one in July. With a major hotel company testing out mobile reservation options, a foodservice operator implementing loyalty functions into the POS, and vendors introducing new offerings to meet mobility, loyalty and integration demands – the summer has proven to be a hot one for POS.

Choice Hotels Launches Hands-Free Hotel Reservations for Ford Vehicles
Choice Hotels International, Inc. has announced that it has launched hands-free hotel reservations for Ford vehicles. Drivers of Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC AppLink can download Choice Hotels' Android app, which will enable them to use voice commands to search for available rooms at nearby Choice Hotels, hands-free. The same functionality for iPhone users will be made available in the near future.   
Mobile Checkout Tech Streamlines Ops for Full-Service and QSRs
MyCheck has announced a complete integration into POSitouch point-of-sale software for quick service and full service restaurants.  The MyCheck install onto POSitouch systems is done remotely and simply involves the implementation of a button straight onto the payment screen.  When a customer indicates to the server or the cashier that they want to pay with MyCheck, the order is entered as it normally would be along with a random four-digit code that is on the user’s smartphone upon check-in to the location.  At that point, in quick service environments, the user will receive an automated receipt.  In full service environments, the user will be able to view their bill in real-time; split the bill amongst other app users and as well as among people that want to pay with traditional credit cards or cash; make a payment and get a receipt.  Special offers, loyalty and discounts are sent from the app to the POS and are reflected on the user side immediately.

Tableside Ordering System Helps Feldman's Deli Increases Revenue and Streamlines Ops
Feldman’s Deli of Salt Lake City, Utah, has successfully deployed the Tavlo RMS to support tableside ordering from mobile devices, streamlining wait staff and kitchen operations while increasing sales volume and revenue. The Tavlo Restaurant Management System is developed by Epson and Cirra Systems.

Restaurant IT Execs Debate Move to Tablet POS at MURTEC
Converting to tablet point of sale has become an issue for many restaurants looking to streamline service and operations with mobility. This was a topic of discussion at the recent MURTEC 2014 (Multi-Unit Technology Restaurant Conference).  A combination of information technology, operations and vendor executives from The Melting Pot, Lucille’s/ Hut Hut, KFC, Taco John’s, Jack in the Box, Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill, and Heartland Payment Systems discussed the future of the tablet point of sale and key points to consider prior to implementing.
Lavu Includes Delivery and Routing Extension For Restaurant iPad POS
Lavu Inc. has announced a new delivery and routing extension for their iPad POS. The iPad terminal displays delivery orders and allows staff to assign drivers to those orders. Drivers are provided with a map and directions to each delivery location via text message or printed receipt. The system approximates delivery times and selects the best path for the driver to take.

Mobile POS Gives Food Truck Added Functionality with Sales Tracking and Inventory Management
Before deciding to implement NCR Silver, Happy Belly owners Joe and Amie Bruno realized they needed robust reporting tools to track catering sales, which now account for about 50 percent of the company’s revenue. Another Atlanta-based food truck, Tex’s Tacos, recommended NCR Silver to Happy Belly because of the mobile POS’ consolidated reporting features that enable users to track sales and cash for all mobile locations, Bruno said.
Pizzeria Boosts Revenue and Table Turns with Mobile POS
Tarry Lodge Enoteca Pizzeria, based in Westport, Conn., and owned by B&B Hospitality Group has implemented a mobile POS solution from Infinite Peripherals, Inc. (IPC) which teamed with Digital Dining. In conjunction with DD Mobile Digital Dining software, Tarry Lodge uses 12 Infinite Peripherals Linea Pro 4 devices for the iPhone® 4 and iPod touch® 4th generation.

Restaurant Tablet Platform Combines Ordering, Entertainment & Server Handheld
TouchTunes subsidiary Tanjarine has started rolling out an integrated, tabletop ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the-table solution to combine tablets with server handhelds that expedite service and checkout. The platform features 10” tabletop tablets that provide guests with menu and entertainment options, portability that eliminates the constraints of one-tablet-per-table installations, and other innovations that help increase efficiency and average check size.
Eataly Streamlines Processes for Loyalty, 5K Daily Transactions and More with POS
Eataly has deployed a new POS solution from a partnership with Epson and Digital Dining. Digital Dining’s feature-rich POS system, along with Epson’s wired and wireless receipt printing solutions, allowed Eataly to streamline processes such as multi-store control, gift cards, loyalty – all while handling up to 5,000 transactions daily. The solution has been installed in both Eataly U.S. locations, which include New York City and Chicago. 

Mercury Payment Offers Mobile Gift and Reward Solution
Mercury StoreCard now enables local merchants to offer their customers a gift, reward, mobile payments and promotions card all in one product. Mercury Payment Systems is making Mercury StoreCard™ widely available to all Mercury merchants. Mercury StoreCard enables small businesses to compete with larger retailers by providing a stored value card utilizing affordable technology.
MICROS Acquisition Makes Oracle Leading Retail POS Provider
Oracle’s addition of MICROS store applications, combined with its existing enterprise, analytics, eCommerce and cloud capabilities, hold the promise to offer a complete solution making ‘real-time retail’ a reality. A key determinator of success, will be the integration of the two companies’ commerce technologies.

Paytronix adds Four POS Systems to its Integration Portfolio
Paytronix Systems, Inc. has announced that it has expanded its rewards platform with integrations to four additional POS systems, including Par Pixel Point, Digital Dining, tablet-based NorthStar, and the new VeriFone Evolution VX520 terminal. The newly completed integrations complement Paytronix's dozen out-of-the box integrations helping merchants accelerate the rewards program implementation process.
POS Upgrade Speeds Order Times and Improves Aesthetics for Famous Cabaret
The Moulin Rouge purchased 17 PAR terminals. Four are dedicated to invoicing and are in a separate room. The other 13 terminals are in the spectacle room are integrated directly within the furniture to have a more discrete profile. The furniture is then closed during the show so that there is no light from the till. The PAR 7700s have the unique feature that all of their components are included within the screen so customers do not have to use the pedestal but are able to integrate elsewhere; in this case, furniture. The PAR 7700s are installed on a hydraulic pedestal allowing the terminal to go down when the show is running.
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