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Must-Read POS Stories from May: Chip & Pin Payments, PCI Tip Sheet for Tablet POS and Mobile Apps for Ordering Up Loyalty

The point-of-sale remains a hot topic for hospitality operators. Hospitality Technology (HT) takes a look at the top stories concerning POS implementations and development that made the headlines in May. In case you missed them the first time, here is a brief recap of the stories getting attention over the last month including the PCI Council releasing a tip sheet for tablet POS, insights on moving the POS to the cloud, mobile app roll-outs and more.   
MURTEC Insights: POS in the Cloud
Restaurant owners see benefits in cloud-based services for the point-of-service, but raise concerns about security and operational efficiencies. During a recent roundtable at HT magazine's MURTEC, a group of operators discussed the merits and possible pitfalls of moving to the POS to the cloud.

HTNG Releases Specs to Enhance CRS
Hotel Technology Next Generation has released standards to steel systems against PCI issues and sets its sights on standardizing interfaces between POS and PMS.
Scottish Hotel Group Utilizes System for Chip & Pin Payment
The G1 Group prepares for further expansion by implementing MICROS systems for loss prevention and POS solutions. The G1 hotels will implement MICROS OPERA, with its largest sites utilizing Mobile MICROS.
Mercury Payment Systems Acquires Sundrop Mobile
Companies blend technology for new point-of-sale marketing power and a card-less mobile loyalty program integrated with payment processing.

Mobile App Reboot Launches with Increased POS Functionality
SalesVu releases its version 2.0 in the U.S. and Canada with iPhone and iPad compatibility.

Panera Franchisee Speeds Up POS Data Collection & Analysis
PR Management Corporation of Newton, Massachusetts, operates thirty Panera Bread franchisees in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine and implemented the Mirus report writer to speed up daily and routine analysis, and just as importantly, they were able to spot and respond to problems and opportunities.  

Nightlife Hotspot Sees Increased Revenue and Efficiency with Advanced POS
Fager’s Island , in Ocean City, Maryland, has implemented an extensive MICROS solution to cut costs and add additional revenues.  
PCI Council Releases Tip Sheet for Tablet POS
The PCI Security Standards Council has released a customized fact sheet offering tips for leveraging PCI Standards to securely accept mobile payments via smartphone or tablet.
P.F. Chang's Enables Mobile Ordering with App
A new mobile app puts functionality in guests' hands ranging from reserving tables and ordering takeout to finding a location.
Yogurt Chain Sees Uptick in Customer Loyalty with Mobile Payments
Yumilicious leverages Mocapay for a mobile loyalty program that enables customers to participate in tailored promotions and offers directly from their phones.

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