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  • 4/16/2024

    ASSA ABLOY Acquires Axxess Industries

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    ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions is announcing the acquisition of Axxess Industries Inc., a renowned innovator of electronics and smart technologies engineered for the needs of hotel and residential environments. Axxess’ solutions will be offered alongside the offerings of Vingcard, the main brand for ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions’ business area Hospitality, promoting wider access to the latest in enhanced security, guest convenience and cost-saving efficiency.

    “Axxess Industries is a welcome addition to our global team and further complements our commitment of serving as an end-to-end technology provider. In addition, it also complements our portfolio to become a true full solutions provider. We look forward to passing on the enhanced value that this latest acquisition represents and as hospitality-based businesses seek out more ways to differentiate themselves with exceptional experiences”, says Stephanie Ordan, Executive Vice President, and Head of ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions.

    Launched in 2000, Axxess Industries has grown to become recognized as a leading developer of guestroom controls and other smart technology-based solutions. Their solutions are designed to streamline property operations, while ensuring high-quality services that cater to modern consumer preferences and expectations. Current offerings designed for hotel business include electronic do-not-disturb systems, doorbells, touch keypads, lighting controls, motion sensors and minibar sensors, as well as smart thermostats and drape and blind controls.

    “Axxess Industries provides a wide range of IoT-driven solutions which are becoming essential to managing a successful hotel, especially as what counts as a satisfying experience is being increasingly influenced by the ability to deliver faster, more accessible, and personalized service. We are very pleased to welcome the Axxess team as the newest members of the ASSA ABLOY and Vingcard families and look forward to providing a competitive edge to our customers”, says Li Wang, Senior Vice President and Head of Hospitality.

    “We are honored to join ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions and Vingcard. Our team is committed to the same goals of enhancing the guest experience and hotel management systems. We look forward to combining our proven track record of success in order to develop new smart technology-based solutions that push the limits on what today’s hoteliers can achieve. Furthermore, we are committed to continue the vison and work of CEO Joerg Wagner after his retirement in a few years, as part of Vingcard and the ASSA ABLOY family”, says Toni Adrian, Head of Operations at Axxess Industries.

  • 9/14/2023

    Domino's Updates Rewards Program

    Dominos Rewards Updated

    Domino's Pizza Inc. introduces its new and improved loyalty program. 

    Domino's Rewards offers loyalty members even more opportunities to earn and redeem points across its corporate and franchise store locations. Domino's enhanced rewards program allows customers to:

    • Earn points for less
      • Loyalty members will now earn 10 points on every order of $5 or more
    • Redeem points for even more menu items – and earn free Domino's after just two orders
      • Members can redeem a variety of points for more menu items:
        • 20 points: A free dipping cup, a 16-piece order of Parmesan Bread Bites or a 20 oz. drink
        • 40 points: An order of Bread Twists or Stuffed Cheesy Bread
        • 60 points: A medium, two-topping pizza; pasta; Oven-Baked Sandwich; or a 3-piece order of Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes
    • Earn more rewards
      • Loyalty perks are now even better, as members will have exclusive access to member-only deals, special discounts and opportunities to earn bonus points!

    "We are thrilled to give the brand's loyal customers additional ways to earn free Domino's items more often," said Mark Messing, Domino's vice president of digital experience and loyalty. "At a time when most brands are scaling back their loyalty programs and making it more difficult to earn and redeem points, Domino's is doing the opposite. We want to make it easier to reward our customers and give them more options so they can get rewarded faster."

    Marketing a LTO 

    From now until Oct. 22, 2023, rewards members can take advantage of a limited time offer to redeem 20 points for a free order of Domino's new Pepperoni Stuffed Cheesy Bread, which is normally a 40-point redemption, in celebration of the product's recent launch. 

  • 4/16/2024

    IRIS Launches Full Integration to Shiji’s Infrasys Cloud POS to Elevate the Mobile Ordering Experience

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    IRIS, a global leader in digital ordering for the hospitality industry, today announces the integration of its F&B mobile ordering solution with Infrasys Cloud POS by Shiji. This strategic partnership will enrich the guest experience, save labour and increase ancillary revenue. 

    The IRIS mobile ordering platform empowers guests to self-serve from their own devices at their convenience. It firmly puts guests in control of their ordering experience, freeing up staff time and resources to enable them to focus on delivering an exceptional service.

    The integration of the two solutions comes with full security approval for Marriott mobile dining and IRIS’ greater F&B ordering estate, and enables operators to optimise the management of mobile orders: These orders will now flow directly to the kitchen via Infrasys Cloud POS saving time, improving order accuracy, and reducing wait times. The process delivers convenience and comfort to both guests and staff, enhancing the overall ordering experience and mitigating any language barriers. Furthermore, hoteliers can promote items and services 24/7 maximising revenue opportunities across their properties.

    The seamless partnership has been welcomed by the industry, with Eicha Medina, F&B Assistant Manager at The Westin Manila commenting, "The IRIS mobile dining and Shiji Infrasys POS integration significantly reduces the number of calls and inquiries, thereby lessening the workload on staff, improving accuracy and communication.

    Guests that face language difficulties can conveniently access the mobile dining platform, easily review order details and write comments to the Chef.

    We're enjoying the seamless guest payment options, the recommended items, and updating guests in real time on expected delivery times. Guests can also request a tray collection to further elevate their mobile dining experience."

    Graham Rushin, IRIS VP Sales & Marketing, adds, “We’re delighted to announce this hotly anticipated partnership. It further solidifies our dedication and commitment to delivering a tailored and efficient mobile ordering service to hoteliers who are striving to provide guests with meaningful, seamless digital experiences.
    We aim to empower hoteliers with the tools to drive additional revenue and free up resources, and this true integration delivers all this and more!”

    Brian Garvan, Director, Global Partnerships and Product Integration at Shiji comments, "It’s great to launch this integration of IRIS Mobile Ordering and Infrasys Cloud POS to provide unparalleled convenience, efficiency, and guest satisfaction. It's the result of many months' work by both teams and is sure to support the demanding requirements of some of our key hotel clients' in delivering a first-class service in the F&B space. Thanks to the whole team at IRIS.”

  • 4/16/2024

    Black Rock Coffee Bar Implements Revel POS Platform to Transform In-Store Operations


    Revel Systems, an open cloud order management platform for restaurant and retail brands, announced today that Black Rock Coffee Bar has successfully implemented Revel at more than 130 locations, with plans to rapidly expand nationwide. Preferring a best-of-breed approach to its technology stack, Black Rock took advantage of Revel's existing integrations with leading solutions for loyalty, gift cards, online ordering, inventory management and employee management.

    "Revel provided world-class service and support throughout the implementation process, which empowers us to get 130 locations up and running well ahead of schedule, and in only a few months time," said Derek Tonn, vice president of analytics at Black Rock Coffee Bar. "With Revel, we now have our preferred tech stack that enables us to streamline operations and deliver the best possible guest experience, while also having the right data at our fingertips to continually improve our performance."

    To complement Revel's POS, the boutique coffee chain will utilize additional Revel products that improve the in-store experience for guests. Black Rock will take advantage of Revel Mobile Order Takers (MOT) as a line buster tool in order to keep lines flowing and avoid losing sales due to lengthy wait times.

    Revel's advanced kitchen display system (KDS) allows Black Rock Coffee Bar to eliminate the waste, cost and inefficiency of paper tickets. The Revel KDS integrates directly with the POS to automatically display orders from all channels, resulting in increased speed of service and improved order accuracy.

    "Black Rock Coffee Bar has been a tremendous partner to collaborate with, which is the primary reason our implementation went so smoothly," said Chris Lybeer, chief strategy officer at Revel Systems. "Revel is committed to delivering a platform that is open and allows our customers to execute their technology roadmap. Given the constantly evolving technology landscape for restaurants, our Revel platform provides innovative brands like Black Rock Coffee Bar the freedom to evolve in the ways they desire, allowing them to choose preferred solutions from specialists and industry leaders."

    Revel partnered with HonorBuilt to deploy the Revel POS platform at more than 130 West Coast locations in just eight weeks. This collaboration was driven by a mutual commitment to delivering solutions with a customer-first approach that not only meet but exceed the operational and customer service expectations of today's retail landscape.

    Revel Data Connector also enables Black Rock to use their preferred business intelligence tools to build custom reports using data from all establishments. This offers a seamless way to access a visual view of their business and how it is operating. The data has multiple dimensions and metrics that Black Rock can utilize to build actionable reports to inform critical business decisions.

  • 4/15/2024

    Thanx Unveils "Infinitely Customizable" App Content Management System

    Thanx Content Management System

    Thanx, the leading guest engagement and retention platform for restaurants, announces today major enhancements to their already powerful mobile app content management system (CMS). Restaurants now have unprecedented control over the design, branding and user experience, without building a custom app with a developer. These enhancements represent an important milestone for restaurants, as it marks the first time an app solution has provided such extensive customization within a white-label framework.

    "Good customer loyalty is about more than great rewards; in order to shine, a brand’s digital experiences must be differentiated and easy to use. But, building and maintaining a custom app is expensive and time-consuming. We're thrilled to provide new tools empowering restaurants to create infinitely customizable mobile apps without the prohibitive costs and lengthy cycles of custom development—all without additional fees or software development delays when a brand wants to make a change,” says Zach Goldstein, Thanx Founder and CEO.

    Brands can style components to precisely match brand guidelines, going beyond the font, color, and logo basics, allowing for full customization of every element – background and foreground colors, borders, border radius, padding and more. Components within the app can be arranged as desired, even appearing dynamically based on applicability to the user, while completely custom components can showcase new program benefits, limited time offers, seasonal menus and more. As before, restaurants can instantly make and publish changes right from within the Thanx dashboard – without an app store review or incremental fees.

    Bubbakoo’s Burritos, the fusion-style restaurant that puts a unique spin on classic Mexican dishes, was an early adopter of the new capabilities. The restaurant saw an uptick in downloads of the new app – an impressive 12.8% increase from February to March.

    According to Chief Financial Officer, Chris Ives, “With Thanx, we don't compromise between cost and elegant design in our mobile app. The Bubbakoo’s app seamlessly aligns with our brand identity, and of equal importance — we have the flexibility to modify the app any time to precisely tailor the guest experience to better serve our customers.”

    App Onboarding

    With Thanx, restaurant operators can customize the app first impression, tailoring the onboarding flow with any desired imagery and messaging. Welcome pages, tutorials, and notifications can be used to educate new users about the program benefits, help them understand how to navigate the app, and ease the transition for existing loyalty members.

    Home Screen Customization

    Operators can effortlessly update every element of the app home screen, customizing standard and custom components in any arrangement. Precise styling options ensure alignment with brand guidelines, giving control over fonts, background and foreground colors, borders, padding and other elements. Operators can also incorporate personalized content based on the user profile to encourage actions such as collecting profile information, reordering a previous order, or exploring rewards.

    Menu Showcase

    Restaurant operators can showcase menu items with unique design elements. The menu can either blend cohesively with the homepage design or can adopt a unique style, spotlighting specific menus. Pricing, images, and more pull directly from the ordering platform, streamlining menu content management for all operators.

    Loyalty Marketplace

    Unique to Thanx, brands can create and edit loyalty program branding, reward design and availability, assign and adjust values, and set expiration dates – all in real time. In addition to ensuring uniform design and branding, this flexibility also allows brands to dynamically update their content and rewards, responding to consumer trends and fluctuating costs, ensuring that reward conversion rates and available rewards are attractive to customers and favorable to profitability.

    Ordering and POS Integrations

    With Thanx’s seamless integrations with ordering and POS providers, restaurant operators can make changes without the need to coordinate with other technology providers. Merchants can measure order conversion rates and app downloads in Thanx, ensuring any iterations on the app are aligned with business outcomes.

  • 4/16/2024

    ItsaCheckmate Elevates the In-Store Ordering Experience with a Customizable Kiosk Solution

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    ItsaCheckmate, a restaurant ordering solutions provider, unveiled its new Kiosk solution, engineered to enhance the visual and operational standards of kiosks in the restaurant industry. This release marks a significant step forward, addressing common user experience and branding limitations found in other offerings.
    Many of the market’s existing kiosk solutions force brands to compromise on user experience and design, with generic aesthetics and restricted menu interfaces. ItsaCheckmate’s new Kiosk solution redefines these standards, ensuring that every customer touchpoint is a perfect reflection of the restaurant’s identity.
    Key benefits
    • Precision branding: Displays true-to-brand aesthetics, maintaining consistency in brand identity across all customer touchpoints.
    • Advanced menu customization: Enables advanced control and flexibility over menu layouts and options, enhancing the ordering process and catering to specific customer preferences.
    • More revenue opportunities: With AI-driven upsell recommendations and personalized customer engagement, ItsaCheckmate kiosks are designed to boost order values and improve conversion rates.
    • Seamless integration: The Kiosk solution integrates effortlessly with existing POS systems and supports offline functionality to ensure reliable performance under all conditions. Brands can choose from a range of hardware configurations to suit various operational needs, including wall-mounted, tabletop, or freestanding installations.
    • Dedicated support: From pre-installation surveys to professional installation and continuous 
    • support, ItsaCheckmate ensures a seamless transition and ongoing assistance, underpinned by extensive warranties and a commitment to operational excellence.
    • Inclusive pricing: With pricing designed to accommodate businesses of all sizes, the new kiosk solution offers a range of investment levels with support for multiple payment processors to help reduce credit card fees without profiting from payment transactions.
    "This isn't just about technology. It’s about crafting in-store experiences that resonate with brands and their customers every time they order. Our Kiosk solution lets each brand’s unique visual identity shine through at every interaction with the ability to customize the experience and drive repeat business.", said JC Harrington, ItsaCheckmate’s VP of Direct Ordering.
    With decades of combined expertise in the restaurant software and hardware industry, ItsaCheckmate brings a legacy of rigorous design testing, validation, and optimization to every product, allowing brands to elevate their customer service and operational efficiency rapidly and reliably. For more information, visit
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