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  • 6/27/2023

    SWIPEBY Adds AI-Driven Features

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    SWIPEBY is rolling out a whole set of AI-driven features in its holistic direct ordering platform that will use the power of AI to improve customer interaction, upselling purchases, making reviews more manageable and powerful, and improving marketing within.

    This is geared towards local businesses that have traditionally fallen behind enterprise organizations; they now have an advanced tech engine working for them without needing technical expertise or large time commitments, the company says. 

    Earlier this year, SWIPEBY rolled out its Snapshot AI tool for restaurants to quickly and easily generate food photos based on menu descriptions. Now SWIPEBY with AI includes a suite of AI features across multiple business functions. Upselling and cross-selling, reviews management, remarketing are the first AI-driven features to be released.

     

    • SWIPEBY Edda functions as a customer-facing AI Guest Assistant. Edda provides a human-like interaction with a customer that makes useful suggestions for additional items the customer may want to purchase. 
    • SWIPEBY AI Review Consultant means a business never misses the opportunity to respond to a review. SWIPEBY’s 5-star Review Management tool, released in 2022, helps increase stellar reviews for its operators. Now SWIPEBY with AI expands upon that by keeping track of all new public reviews and crafting an appropriate response using business data, such as current promotions and specials. 
    • SWIPEBY Deep Reviews Insights is a monthly AI-driven report that provides an analysis of public reviews and an easily digestible summary from vast amounts of public data. It provides insights that would typically require an expensive consulting firm. 
    • SWIPEBY AI Remarketing significantly upgrades SWIPEBY’s current remarketing engine. 

    SWIPEBY Edda, AI Review Consultant and Remarketing are available now for select SWIPEBY operators. Deep Review Insights is in beta with social media management and pricing recommendations expected to be rolled out in July. Other AI features will be released on a biweekly to monthly schedule. 

    Due to the popularity of AI and high impact of features, SWIPEBY has opened a waitlist for businesses interested in taking advantage of the capabilities. Those interested in joining the list can complete the form found at https://swipe.by/.

     

  • 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. 

  • 6/27/2023

    Square Unveils Square Credit Card, Cash Flow Management Products in Beta

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    Square announced the beta launch of new banking and spend management solutions for its U.S. sellers, including new credit tools and features that help businesses simplify their cash flow management and consolidate their finances.

    The Square Credit Card, running on the American Express network, gives sellers a new, yet familiar tool that provides them with more spending flexibility when they need it and a rewards program that helps them reinvest back in their business. With no late fees or annual fees, the Square Credit Card features a credit limit determined by the sales a seller processes through Square, growing as their business grows, and rewards them with free card processing every time they spend.

    Square is also broadening the functionality of its popular Square Loans product. To better serve large sellers, Square is providing these businesses with loans that can be repaid on a fixed monthly schedule, rather than through daily repayments – offering a more predictable repayment schedule – as well as the optional ability to use external data to improve loan offer size.

    “Our business has been expanding rapidly over the past couple of years, and keeping pace requires additional spending and investment,” said Magen Bynum, owner of Mississippi-based Magnolia Soap and Bath Company, a multi-location retailer specializing in plant-based soap and beauty products. “The Square Credit Card gives us the spending flexibility we need to continue investing in our growth, and being able to manage it right from Square makes staying on top of our finances that much simpler.”

    Both Square Credit Card and the new loan options are currently in beta.In addition to new credit tools, Square is also introducing more ways for Square Checking sellers to simplify their cash flow and spend management:

    • Available today to Square Checking sellers, early deposit access further empowers businesses to simplify their finances by enabling quicker access to ACH deposits. In addition to receiving funds from sales made through off-platform channels like delivery apps and ecommerce marketplaces up to two days quicker, early deposit access helps sellers consolidate their revenue in a single place so they can easily access their money when they need it.
    • Coming later this year, sellers will be able to have up to four additional Debit Cards connected to their Checking account, giving co-owners and business partners more flexibility over the way they spend and allowing larger sellers to more easily deputize team members to purchase items like ingredients and inventory for the business.

    For more information about Square Banking, visit squareup.com/banking.

  • 6/27/2023

    Jack in the Box Enhances Omnichannel Guest Experience

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    Jack in the Box   recently expanded its relationship with InMoment to include InMoment Spotlight, advanced artificial intelligence (AI) analytics software, to more easily uncover valuable guest insight from 500 million annual guests.

    Jack in the Box has had a long-standing partnership with InMoment for its Voice of the Guest (VOG) program and is now leveraging its latest AI capabilities to proactively surface and act on even more guest feedback with the goal of continuing to improve the omnichannel guest experience with quality products and service. Spotlight capabilities will improve the clarity of guest feedback for both structured and unstructured data that includes social media, videos, and audio files to elevate omnichannel guest experiences.

    “The use of the InMoment AI solution will allow us to easily analyze feedback in all of its forms to receive more detailed and immediate insight from a wider variety of guest experiences,” says Tony Darden COO, Jack in the Box. “Our team is focused on using the additional insight to make business decisions without delay–having a faster time to guest improvement that will positively influence their experience with our brand leading to increased loyalty.”

    The AI-driven technology will help Jack in the Box focus on three key areas:

    • Enhance Limited Time Offer (LTO) Knowledge —A comprehensive tool that dives into feedback phrases and themes to help define a better LTO experience for future guests.
    • Accelerate Restaurant Performance—The AI-driven capabilities facilitate comparison models across restaurants and time frames to identify high-performing drivers for individual restaurants.
    • Automate Monthly Business Views—A monthly view of the most important feedback insights for each restaurant rolls up to mid-level managers for immediate action.

    Learn More About the InMoment AI solution here.

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