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Hot POS Headlines in March: Mobile and Tableside Payments Dominate Point-of-Sale

It was March madness in the scope of point-of-sale technology headlines over the last month. Mobile payment, as always, dominates POS headlines, but there was also word of exciting options that streamline ops and increase sales, such as digital menu board roll-outs, tableside payment and more. Other stories detailed the latest in vendor rollouts that boast cloud offerings, inventory capabilities and even a penny-rounding feature that could help with the eventual eradication of the penny in Canada.

Texas Restaurant Sees Increased Table Turns and Tips with Tableside POS

El Monumento in Georgetown, Texas has enjoyed great results with Aloha Mobile. NCR Corporation has announced NCR Aloha Mobile, an innovative extension of the NCR Aloha Table Service point-of-sale (POS) software. Aloha Mobile allows restaurants to easily and securely deploy mobile technology for tableside ordering and payment. In addition, this allows for an increase in speed of service and order accuracy, thereby improving guest satisfaction while boosting sales and profits.

Extreme Brandz Standardizes POS Across 350 QSRs
Canadian-based restaurant company, Extreme Brandz has implemented the cloud-based MICROS Simphony and MICROS myinventory. The Simphony and myinventory installation includes over 350 quick service restaurants throughout North America and International under the names Extreme Pita, Mucho Burrito, Purblendz, and Via Cibo.

Heartland Payment Systems and LevelUp Team to Take Mobile Pay Mainstream
Heartland Payment Systems and LevelUp, are joining forces to make mobile payments mainstream in 2013. After successful pilot programs in New York City, Boston, Louisville, Minneapolis, and Madison, WI, the pair is partnering nationwide on the first national roll out of a mobile payment solution.

Sarasota Seafood Restaurant Goes Mobile with New Ordering App
Duval’s New World CafÉ recently became the very first install to incorporate Future POS Mobile Ordering for fast and easy order entry via an app. Duval’s uOrder App, installed by Future POS, Inc., offers restaurant patrons the convenience of placing orders directly from their smartphone. Unlike other mobile ordering apps on the marketplace, the uOrder™ App allows customers to control their dining experience from start to finish. Upon opening the app, the customer can choose to “Order To Go” or to “Eat At Duval’s/Table.” When the latter option is selected, the user is presented with a QR code that is then scanned by the host or hostess. From that point on, the entire dining process lies in the hands of the customer, eliminating all unnecessary order and payment delays.

Pizzeria Increases Sales & Reduces Costs with Digital Menu Boards
When California enacted legislation (later adopted nationwide) requiring restaurants to display nutritional information (such as calorie counts) alongside each item on the menu board, California-based Straw Hat Pizza had the catalyst needed to make this move. Straw Hat Pizza selected Four Winds Interactive’s digital menu board solution. It fit the company’s needs because universal changes such as pricing or calorie count can be managed by one person at corporate headquarters, yet each store owner has the ability to customize the menu boards – adding a birthday greeting, for example – without straying outside the corporate guidelines. Straw Hat Pizza was able to raise sales by 20 to 25 percent in some stores by showing video featuring new menu items.

How to Get the Right POS: Buying Tips & Must Have’s
In the March issue’s Q&A, HT provides information to help restaurants make a smart POS investment. Terry Connorton, business unit manager for POS with Spartan Computer Services, talks candidly about what to look for in a vendor, how to do a needs analysis, and provides some insight into the must-have features for any new point-of-sale system.

Rubio's Restaurants Rolls Out Cloud-Based POS Software
Rubio’s Restaurants has selected Task Retail Technology (TRT), a provider of enterprise centric, cloud-based, point-of-sale software and services to deploy its award winning xchangexec suite of software across all of Rubio’s Restaurants, Inc.

New POS Software Supports End of Penny Circulation
pcAmerica has released a version of their software that supports a cash rounding feature to help support Canada ending the circulation of the penny. On February 4th, the Canadian Mint stopped circulating the penny to financial institutions, marking the beginning of the end of the penny in Canada. Retailers have been encouraged to send back any pennies that they currently have on hand. Although the penny is only valued at 1 cent, it costs 1.5 cents to produce in Canada. Ending circulation of the penny will save the government $11 million a year.

Famous Dave's Rolls Out Mobile Pay Solution for Secure Guest Experience
Famous Five Dining, Inc., owner, operator, and franchisee of five Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que restaurants in Tennessee, now offers Tabbedout in all of their locations. Famous Five Dining has the rights to franchise Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que throughout Central & East Tennessee and parts of North Georgia. Currently, it operates Famous Dave's restaurants in Hermitage, Franklin, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Smyrna, Tennessee. Tabbedout is the free mobile payment app for iPhone and Android that allows consumers to open, view and pay bar and restaurant tabs with their phones, and is fully integrated with MICROS, Famous Five Dining's point-of-sale (POS) partner. This means patrons can pay directly from their phone when they are ready and wait staff can spend more time serving food and drink instead of running credit cards.
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