January's POS News Spotlight: Hackers, PCI and Next-Gen Payment Systems

Who made headlines in January? On the operator side, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Friendly’s each came forward with big point-of-sale (POS) news; a restaurateur opened up about her data breach experience; and a dinner and movie chain related how its handheld POS system is helping them to serve 1,300 guests per hour. In terms of new products, vendors offered a variety of solutions ranging from data protection technologies and printers to iPad-enabled solutions. These stories, and more, are presented here in Hospitality Technology’s January POS recap.
Top stories
Breach Report: Who Got Hacked in 2010?
How did Wyndham, McDonald's and six other companies fall victim to hackers last year? HT recaps their stories here in this 2010 data breach round-up. Plus, one restaurateur opens up about her brush with an overseas hacker, and the effect that is has had on her restaurant and its patrons.
Breakneck Speed: Handheld POS Serves 1,300 Guests per Hour at Dinner & Movie Chain
Studio Movie Grill, a Dallas-based dinner and cinema chain, is leveraging handheld ordering and payment solutions to serve more than 1,300 customers per hour. Learn how these solutions have helped the chain to boost customer spending and significantly reduce labor costs.
POS, PCI and Self-service Lead in NRF Foodservice Tech Offerings
HT offers this recap of the latest foodservice technology news offerings from the 100th Annual National Retail Federation Big Show. Learn about the latest solutions aiding POS, self-service and security initiatives, plus the big news out of Friendly's, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and more.
Industry news
A Tap of the Card will Buy BigMacs at 1,200 U.K. McDonald's
McDonald's 1,200 UK locations will enable guests to pay for menu items with contactless payment technology by October 2011.
Starbucks to Guests: "Will You be Paying by Cash, Credit or Smartphone?"
Nearly 6,800 U.S. company-operated Starbucks can now accept mobile payments as a result of successful tests conducted in Seattle, Northern California, New York and more than 1,000 U.S. Target stores.
Celeb Chefs turn to Radiant for POS
Eataly, the New York City-based marketplace and restaurant concept from Mario Batali, Alex Saper and more, relies on Radiant to maximize speed-of-service and provide advanced information management tools.
How Five-Unit Friendly's Concept Improved Order Accuracy
Friendly's Express leverages Epson TM-T88 ReStick thermal printers and biodegradable MAXStick labels to improve food ordering and preparation accuracy.
New technology
Apple-based POS Targets Restaurants, Touts iPad
Built on Apple Xcode, ISISPOS allows servers to take orders, credit card payments and more via an iPad.
PCI in the Cloud? Yes! Say Merchant Link & Voltage Security
The hosted solution provides point-to-point encryption, cloud-based decryption, and tokenization to large merchants looking for a comprehensive security solution.
Can Heartland's E3 End-to-end Encryption MSR Wedge Eliminate PA-DSS Scope for Developers?
PCI Qualified Security Assessor, Coalfire Systems, releases security assessment of Heartland Payment Systems' E3 end-to-end encryption magnetic stripe reader wedge.
Zebra Technologies Unveils New Additions to 3-inch Receipt Printer Line-up
The KR203 is designed to print receipts and information from unattended self-service kiosks; the KR403 Printing Solution raises its game with networking capability.
POS-X Adds Tru-Flat EVO TouchPC & Touch Monitor to Product Offerings
Key features include a sleek modern design and an ultra compact footprint.
NCC, Sundrop Mobile Integration Marries Mobile & Social Media Marketing at the POS
The integration enables operators to integrate marketing capabilities in their daily operations by transforming the point of sale terminal into a point of marketing terminal.
Epson Introduces TM-H6000IV Multifunction Printer
Energy Star-qualified hybrid printer boasts that it can reduce receipt paper usage by more than 25 percent.
A New Drive-thru Metric? HyperActive Debuts ‘Dynamic Drive-thru’ Offering
HyperActive’s solution relies on a speed-of-service metric that looks at the contents within a food order and the orders of the vehicles queued in the drive-thru line to create service goals.
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