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  • 6/25/2023

    Verdant Showcases Energy Management Solutions at HITEC, Hospitality Show


    Verdant will display its digital thermostats at HITEC  Toronto, June 27 to 30 in Booth 607 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, and at The Hospitality Show, June 28 to 29 at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. While there, the Montreal-based company will introduce a  mobile app and a  energy service-optimization program. 

    Verdant’s thermostats are easy to use, fit any décor, and deliver concrete energy savings. They combine passive infrared (PIR) occupancy-sensing technology and intelligent cloud software to set back temperature while guests are away. Property staff can manage and monitor energy use online, 24/7. Patented features like Night Occupancy Mode and Dynamic Intelligent Recovery ensure maximum energy savings without compromising guest comfort.


    What’s new?

    • New Mobile App – The enhanced Verdant mobile app, with a modernized look and feel, comes with an improved KPI dashboard for optimal system performance tracking. Features include an ROI tracker, added resale value, real-time view on active alerts and rooms that aren’t saving energy, and real-time room occupancy status. The system facilitates easier alert tracking and detailed guidance with an advanced search option for rooms with HVAC alerts or warnings. Step-by-step guidance is also provided for issue resolution. Overall, the app provides more control over user management. It enables specific app access to property-staff based on what is relevant to them (housekeeper vs GM vs. engineer, etc.). User access can also be scheduled if needed (start and end date).
    • New Energy Savings Optimization Service – This program features monthly energy savings reports, customized system alert emails, dedicated support rep and priority support, and rolling stock and lifetime warranty
    • New Integration & VRF Partners – Verdant has established door lock integrations with Onity, Dormakaba, Assa Abloy and PMS integrations with Opera, Fosse, OnQ, LightSpeed, HotelKey and more to come. Leading VRF provider integrations include LG, Mitsubishi and soon to launch, Carrier/Toshiba.

    Based on the company’s continued growth and demand for its solutions across the globe, Verdant will share at HITEC and THS the plan to start its European expansion in early 2024. In May, Blackstone  completed acquisition of a majority stake in the Emerson  Climate Technologies business – which included Verdant – and the new standalone business is now operating as Copeland to serve the global HVACR market. 

  • 6/21/2023

    Shiji and IPORT Partner to Transform Hotel Restaurant Operations with All-in-One Tablet and Payment Device Solution

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    Shiji, a global hospitality technology innovator, has partnered with IPORT, an award-winning manufacturer known for enhancing the usability of iPads and iPhones, to introduce an all-in-one software solution for hotel restaurants. This collaboration will provide hoteliers with a seamless combination of a tablet and payment device to maximize their F&B operations.

    The integrated iOS and payment device solution simplifies guest service for hotel restaurant servers, providing them with an effortless tool to cater to their guests' needs. As a certified Apple partner, Shiji and IPORT guarantee exceptional performance and reliability. Hoteliers can choose from multiple device options, including iPad Pro, iPad Mini, and iPhone, ensuring flexibility and compatibility with their operations.

    “IPORT products are built around modularity and flexibility that empower our hospitality customers to do more with the iOS platform. We are thrilled to partner with a leading iPad and iPhone cloud PMS and POS platform provider like Shiji,” said Chris Lawson, Head of Partnerships, IPORT. “We look forward to innovating with Shiji in disrupting legacy, monolithic providers who have limited the industry from harnessing the power of iOS and mobility. The future is bright, and the possibilities are endless with IPORT, iOS, and Shiji.”

    "The partnership with IPORT is a significant milestone for Shiji in our commitment to provide innovative technology solutions for the hospitality industry," said Ryan King, Senior Vice President of Shiji in the Americas. "By combining our expertise with IPORT’s hardware solutions, we empower hoteliers to streamline restaurant operations and deliver exceptional guest experiences. This collaboration represents another step forward in our dedication to driving success in the Americas, and globally."

    The tablet and payment device solution seamlessly integrates with multiple payment gateways, allowing hoteliers to choose the system that best suits their needs. By simplifying the payment process, it reduces operational complexities, minimizes errors, and saves valuable time and resources for hoteliers.

  • 6/24/2023

    Steak n Shake Adds New Way to Pay

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    Steak n Shake will offer PopID Check In and PopPay on its self-ordering kiosks in select locations in the Orlando market, with plans to expand to more than 300 corporate locations. PopID Check In is an opt-in service that enables consumers to scan their face to automatically sign into their loyalty reward account and see their past orders, making the ordering process as convenient as possible. When a guest checks in with PopID, they also have the option to use PopPay to automatically complete their payment.

    “Our partnership with PopID is a key part of our effort to provide guests with a fast and seamless ordering experience," said Keith Correia, Chief Information Officer. "When using PopID Check In, a guest does not need to use their phone or take out their wallet as part of the ordering process. They will automatically be checked in for loyalty rewards, and they can choose to make an automated payment with PopPay. A guest can even see their past orders and quickly reorder their favorite menu items. Ordering at Steak n Shake has never been easier or more convenient.”

    In addition to enhancing the guest experience and improving order throughput, PopPay helps to reduce fraud and offers lower payment processing fees.

  • 6/1/2023

    Tim Hortons Expands EV Charging Stations

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    For electric vehicle owners in British Columbia, Tim Hortons is now fueling road trips in more ways than one.  The company has announced the expansion of its electric vehicle charging station pilot launched earlier this year in Oakville, Ontario, by unveiling six new charging stations at restaurants throughout  British Columbia.

    Tim Hortons announced the pilot in February in an effort to study the technology, its usage and opportunities.

    "We have been thrilled with the results of the pilot so far.  Usage of the charging station in Oakville has surpassed our expectations and we received many calls with requests to expand the pilot," said Paulo Ferreira, Senior Director, International Strategic Restaurant Design and Building Standards, Tim Hortons. "With more than 3,300 eligible restaurants across the country, we continue to look for opportunities to expand the pilot and contribute to the EV infrastructure."

    The BC expansion, supported by the Province of BC's Community Charging Infrastructure Fund and Koben Systems Inc. (KSI), placed charging stations strategically in Nanaimo, Langford, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Abbotsford and Coquitlam to create paths within the province, allowing guests to travel from restaurant to restaurant strictly on electric power.

    Tim Hortons offers charging stations as a courtesy to guests at six locations.  As of March 31st, 2013, Tim Hortons had 4,288 system-wide restaurants, including 3,453 in Canada, 808 in the United States and 27 in the Gulf Cooperation Council. 

  • 6/25/2023

    Infor Integrates with Mobile Tipping Solution

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    Infor  announced a new partnership with TipQwik to offer hoteliers the ability to provide guests more flexible tipping options. Through this advanced integration, Infor Hospitality Management System (HMS) customers can instantly offer guests the ability to securely and efficiently give gratuities to select staff departments. Hotel guests access the gratuity function via the HMS Mobile Guest Experience, providing a quick and convenient way to manage gratuities. Gratuities can be posted and processed via a credit card on file or posted directly to a guest’s hotel account for seamless integration to the Infor HMS property management system.

    TipQwik is a mobile tipping application created to allow customers and guests to provide gratuity payments to people in hospitality and service industries directly from their mobile devices, letting them leave a tip from anywhere in the world. TipQwik integrates with existing systems, such as property management, to communicate with guests and customers to make tipping as convenient as possible.

    “The numbers of people carrying paper currency on them every day continue to decline due to the rise of credit cards, e-commerce, digital currency and even the pandemic,” said Matt Tuchband, co-founder of TipQwik. “The ability to tip with a smartphone throughout a property is important for two reasons. The first, reduced turnover through retention and reduced hiring costs for staff that normally do not get tips included on a bill such as housekeeping, porters, etc. And two, it provides a simple option for guests to show their appreciation at any time without fumbling for cash.”

    “Partnering with Infor, a leading hospitality technology provider, allows us to provide their HMS customers with another extension to help hotel properties increase bottom-line results, employee happiness and the overall guest experience,” Tuchband added.

    Specifically, TipQwik Mobile Tipping integrates with Infor HMS Mobile Guest Experience. Upon check-in, the guest can access the application allowing them to make gratuity payments to the hotel staff throughout their stay directly from their mobile device and finalize payment at the end of the stay via their hotel room account or via one-click payment options such as ApplePay, GooglePay and saved credit card while maintaining the highest levels of PCI compliance.

    Infor HMS provides enhanced property management functionality that enables hoteliers to serve guests more efficiently, with speed and agility. By adding this strong, easily integrated gratuity component, the solution will deliver more tools to help hoteliers improve the guest experience, get more repeat business, and improve reporting with greater visibility around total employee compensation.

    “Infor remains committed to always evolving its HMS software as industry needs dictate new challenges,” said Joe Vargas, Infor senior vice president for hospitality. “Partnering with TipQwik to offer enhanced options to changing guest preferences, such as offering solutions for those who prefer to operate in a cashless society yet still want to support hospitality workers reliant on tips as part of their income, was the right step in keeping our customers competitive.”

    For more information, visit Infor Hospitality. 

  • 6/25/2023

    MarginEdge Launches Finance Tool

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    MarginEdge, a restaurant management and bill payment platform,   announced the official launch of an innovative new finance tool, [me] finance, an accounts payable automation solution built exclusively for restaurant accountants and bookkeepers.

    Designed to automate manual processes and simplify workflows, [me] finance eliminates the need for data entry and turns invoice and sales data into powerful reports to help accounting professionals track and manage everything coming into a client's restaurant.

    Designed to automate manual processes and simplify workflows, [me] finance eliminates the need for data entry and turns invoice and sales data into powerful reports to help accounting professionals track and manage everything coming into a client's restaurant.


    Among the key benefits of [me] finance, accountants and bookkeepers can access:

    • Automated Invoice Processing - Simply scan, email or take a photo of an invoice and the details will be captured and digitized in less than 48 hours to give an up-to-date picture of food costs.
    • Robust Financial Reporting - Visual budget tracking, controllable P&L statements, category reports and sales data help make for more informed financial decisions, such as investing in profitable segments of the restaurant or cutting back on underperforming ones.
    • Back-Office Efficiencies - Pay or schedule an unlimited amount of payments so they are always on time. Invoices can move from "approved" to "paid" in as little as two business days – automatically syncing to the accounting system and providing consistent proof of payment. Know which invoices have been paid and which are still outstanding – helping the prioritization of payments and more visibility into cash flow.
    • Flexible Payment Options - Customers have the option to pick from our vast network of over 55,000 industry-specific vendors or enroll their own vendors in electronic payments. [me] finance also takes care of the check writing, stuffing and sending  – all for one flat rate, no additional fees or cost per invoice.
    • Automatic Vendor Credit Tracking - The first AP automation provider to track credits, making sure restaurants never pay a cent more than what they owe.
    • Multi-Unit Management - Streamline multi-unit management and ensure consistency across locations with one centralized platform for standardized payments.
    • POS and Accounting Integrations - Sales data is pulled nightly from a restaurant's POS along with bills marked as "Paid" and instantly exported to accounting software like QuickBooks, making it easy to reconcile  payments and keep books up-to-date.

    The new product is available exclusively to bookkeeping and accounting firms for a flat fee of $100 per month per restaurant client based on an annual subscription.


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