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  • 6/5/2024

    Ooma Office Phone Service Integrates with Square

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    Ooma, Inc., a smart communications platform for businesses and consumers, announced the integration of its Ooma Office business phone service with Square, a trusted software, payments and hardware solution for businesses of all sizes.

    With the Ooma Office and Square integration (https://www.ooma.com/small-business-phone-systems/integrations/square/), users of the Ooma Office desktop app can view information from the Square Customer Directory – including customer name, recent purchase history and upcoming appointments – in a caller ID pop-up when placing or receiving calls. This makes customer information easily accessible, empowering the delivery of a personalized and exceptional customer experience. Also, users can go to the contact entry in the Square Customer Directory with a single click to make any changes.

    By teaming up, Ooma and Square are enabling businesses to streamline orders, make their operations more efficient and build long-term customer loyalty.

    “We’ve been working to add integrations to Ooma Office because we know our customers expect their technology tools to work together in ways that enhance productivity,” said Dennis Peng, senior vice president of product management at Ooma. “Square’s popularity with businesses is a perfect match with Ooma’s focus on providing a leading cloud-based phone service that is simple yet powerful.”

    Ooma Office (https://www.ooma.com/small-business-phone-systems/), available in the United States and Canada, is a cloud-based phone and unified communications service offering an extensive set of more than 50 features curated to meet the needs of businesses of various sizes. Designed for easy installation, use and management, with no technical skills required, Ooma Office delivers powerful capabilities that include virtual receptionists, ring groups, text messaging, videoconferencing, call recording, call queuing and more.

    There is a broad range of integrations for Ooma Office connecting to customer relationship management (CRM) and productivity platforms (https://www.ooma.com/small-business-phone-systems/integrations/), including:
     

    ●       AgencyZoom

    ●       Clio Manage

    ●       Freshdesk

    ●       Google Chrome Extension

    ●       HubSpot

    ●       Jobber

    ●       Microsoft Dynamics 365

    ●       NexHealth

    ●       Salesforce

    ●       Square

    ●       Zendesk Support

    ●       Zoho

     

    The Ooma Office integration with Square is available now and included at no extra cost in the Ooma Office Pro Plus service plan.

  • 6/5/2024

    Bojangles Partners with ezCater

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    Bojangles officially offers catering through a new partnership with ezCater.

    Customers across the brand’s footprint will be able to place catering orders from participating restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner to feed the whole crowd with convenient delivery and pick-up options through ezCater. Simply visit ezcater.com/brand/pvt/bojangles to place an order.

    ezCater’s technology makes it easy for Bojangles’ customers to place their catering orders online. They can simply choose items from the Bojangles menu and schedule a delivery or pickup. There is a $50 delivery minimum, and items are portioned to feed crowds, with descriptions indicating how much food comes with each order.

    “Since Bojangles started in 1977, our brand has been synonymous with bringing people together over delicious, home-cooked food. That’s truly what ‘It’s Bo Time’ is all about,” said Sergio Perez, Bojangles’ Sr. Director of Omnichannel Initiatives. “We’re there for our fans and customers on all occasions, and now we’ve made sharing Bojangles’ famous chicken, biscuits and tea even easier with ezCater.”

    This is Bojangles’ first official venture into catering as a company, though select franchisees have previously offered this convenience. The streamlined move indicates Bojangles’ widespread commitment to making its food accessible for gatherings of all kinds and celebrating fans at every moment. From popular breakfast items like its signature made-from-scratch biscuits and Bo Rounds to staple lunch and dinner items like fried chicken, sandwiches, fixins and Legendary Iced Tea, there’s something for everyone on the catering menu. As summer approaches, Bojangles expects fans to take advantage of this offering for graduations, summer celebrations, family gatherings, weddings and more.

    “ezCater is extremely well-positioned in the business catering market,” added Perez, “so we’re excited about the potential to bring our beloved breakfast biscuits and popular chicken to more and more businesses all across Bojangles country.”

    “We are thrilled to support Bojangles in launching their catering program and look forward to sending them large, incremental orders from workplaces across the country,” said Michelle Smart, Chief Customer Care Officer at ezCater. “They are sure to be a big hit with our customers. What could be better than bringing your team together over a platter of their delicious chicken biscuits?”

    Bojangles plans to celebrate the new catering option by catering special moments and gatherings with some lucky fans throughout the summer, so stay tuned for more on the festive opportunities.

  • 6/4/2024

    IPourIt, GoTab Join Forces to Streamline the Self-Pour Experience

    iPourIt self pour system

    iPourIt, a self-pour beverage dispense technology provider, and GoTab Inc., an e-commerce platform for hospitality, have announced a groundbreaking integration that will transform the way businesses manage their self-pour operations. This partnership combines iPourIt's technology with GoTab's guest ordering and payment solutions to increase operator revenue and enhance the customer experience.

    iPourIt and GoTab work together seamlessly, eliminating the need to manage food and beverage tabs separately. RFID cards and wristbands for iPourIt self-serve beverage system access can now be issued directly from the GoTab Point-of-Sale (POS) terminal. This allows guests to pour from the iPourIt self-pour system and make other purchases through the GoTab POS using the same RFID card or wristband, and pay for everything on a single tab. With GoTab’s Easy Tab feature, guests can also view their tab in real-time on their phone and order food and other items straight from their device with no app downloads or registration required.

    "We are thrilled to partner with GoTab to deliver a truly seamless self-pour experience," said Flinn Flexer, CEO of iPourIt. "This integration will empower businesses to simplify their operations, boost efficiency, and ultimately increase their bottom line."

    The iPourIt and GoTab integration offers a wide range of benefits, including:

    • Streamlined efficiency: Fast checkouts and consolidated transactions create a seamless, streamlined experience for both businesses and customers.
    • Actionable insights: Centralized management and simplified reporting enable data-driven decisions that drive growth and optimization.
    • User-friendly experience: Operators can offer an engaging and satisfying self-pour and food ordering experience, increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty while driving repeat business.

    "We’re excited to bring this integration to our mutual customers. By combining our expertise, we are empowering businesses to provide a more efficient, profitable, and enjoyable experience for both staff and customers,” said GoTab CEO Tim McLaughlin.

    This partnership marks a significant milestone in the evolution of the self-pour industry, offering businesses a powerful solution to enhance their operations and drive growth.

  • 6/4/2024

    Ecolab Invests in Fingermark

    Fingermark Ecolab investment

    Award-winning New Zealand tech innovator, Fingermark, has secured a cornerstone investment from global water, hygiene and infection prevention leader, Ecolab. This investment includes a multimillion dollar capital injection that will support Fingermark’s rapidly rising global growth trajectory.

    Luke Irving, Founder and Chief Executive of Fingermark, hailed the deal as transformative. “This is a true collaboration that will help both companies better serve global Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) customers and further establish Fingermark’s growing reputation,” said Irving.

    Fingermark is a computer vision and self ordering technology provider to some of the world’s largest enterprise QSR brands. Their technology provides automation that supports restaurant processes to enhance profitability and competitiveness, reduce costs, mitigate labour shortages and meet heightened customer expectations. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

    A trusted partner for millions of customers, Ecolab is a global sustainability leader with annual sales of $15 billion and 48,000 associates serving customers in more than 170 countries around the world. Ecolab’s innovative solutions improve operational efficiencies and sustainability for customers in the food, healthcare, life sciences, hospitality and industrial markets.


    “For more than 100 years, Ecolab has worked to help our hospitality and foodservice customers achieve their operational and sustainability goals,” says Chris Loflin, Senior Vice President & General Manager Global QSR. “Teaming up with Fingermark will help us address modern operational challenges and begin delivering on the promise of AI and computer vision technology at scale for our global QSR customers.”
     

    “There is massive change in the Global QSR sector as the move to automation gathers pace,” Irving comments. “While this is just the start of our work with Ecolab, they see Fingermark as playing a critical role in the long-term strategies for the QSR market."
     

    At the latest AmCham awards, where Fingermark won the DHL Express Success & Innovation Award for Technology Exporter of the Year to the United States, the judges noted the company’s dedication, innovation, and capacity to succeed on a global scale.


    The judging criteria included showcasing a deep passion for achieving business success, fostering innovation and harnessing marketing opportunities, with Fingermark exemplifying these characteristics, as well as the power of innovation, collaboration, and determination, said the judges.
     

  • 6/5/2024

    Premium Parking Announces Launch of FolioCharge

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    Premium Parking, the leader in full-stack digital parking, today announced the launch of FolioCharge™️, a new service that allows hotel guests to seamlessly charge parking to their hotel rooms. The first application of its kind, FolioCharge makes hotel parking more convenient for guests and manageable for hotels. Integrating Premium Parking’s API Connection with hotels’ PMS systems, the application allows guests to charge parking directly to their rooms using their smart phones’ using CameraPay® or TextPay® features. 

    “FolioCharge will revolutionize hotel parking,” said Ben Montgomery, President, Premium Parking. “Hotels strive to provide the best possible guest experience, and that includes parking. FolioCharge gives guests complete control over their hotel parking experience, in the palms of their hands and on their own personal devices.”

    The launch of FolioCharge was announced at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York City.

    Premium Parking also announced that hospitality industry legend Lee LaRochelle has joined the company as a consultant. A revered hotel industry leader with more than 45 years of experience, LaRochelle has served in many leadership positions, including as Vice President of Operations and Sales for Marriott International for nearly 25 years. As a consultant to Premium Parking, he will provide his expertise and experience in the development of new parking technology products and services to improve the hotel parking experience.

  • 6/5/2024

    Accor & Amadeus Announce a New Collaboration

    Sébastien Bazin, Group Chairman and CEO, Accor, shakes hands with Luis Maroto, President and CEO, Amadeus

    Amadeus and Accor expand their strategic partnership, with Accor implementing Amadeus’ Central Reservation System (ACRS) for its extensive portfolio of properties globally. Amadeus’ cloud-based technology will help Accor, a world-leading hospitality group, in boosting revenues, maximizing distribution strategies, and building deeper and more personalized connections with guests.

    Empowering hotels with cutting-edge technology & new capabilities

    Accor’s ambitious distribution strategy aims at moving to tomorrow’s distribution and constantly striving to drive more business to its hotels while optimizing the cost of distribution.

    Amadeus will provide best-in-class technology capabilities, including cloud, connectivity solutions, and an enhanced user experience. This will foster greater agility and simplicity for hotels to capture business, ultimately improving operational efficiency and guest service quality.

    The implementation of Amadeus’ Central Reservation System will not only empower Accor’s hoteliers to leverage the established ACRS product but will also unlock new capabilities. These include enhanced flexibility, seamless integration with emerging technologies, and simplified daily operations. These advancements will enable hotels to better meet the evolving needs of guests, ensuring Accor remains at the forefront of the hospitality industry.

    Powering the future of hospitality & elevating the guest experience

    This enhanced collaboration between Accor and Amadeus aims to transform the hospitality landscape and deliver unparalleled guest experiences across Accor’s extensive global portfolio.

    With its innovative features, ACRS empowers hoteliers to transcend traditional boundaries and curate personalized offers that go beyond mere room types. By incorporating sophisticated attributes such as room views, styles, bedding preferences, and more, Accor’s hoteliers can elevate the sales process to a holistic guest experience. This ensures that every stay is memorable and tailored to individual preferences, enhancing guest satisfaction and loyalty.

    Alix Boulnois, Chief Digital Officer, Accor comments: “Our ambition with this new distribution strategy is to transition from an in-house legacy system to a world-class, open system scalable across all regions, enabling future growth. By deepening our collaboration with Amadeus, we will leverage the advanced capabilities of the Amadeus Central Reservation System and equip our hotels and owners with a modern distribution management tool, offering a wider range of services, new revenue-generating capabilities and personalized guest experiences.”

    Francisco Pérez-Lozao Rüter, President, Hospitality, Amadeus adds: “Our team at Amadeus is proud to be leading the way to modernize the merchandizing experience in hospitality, and we are excited to partner with Accor to roll out ACRS across its diverse portfolio. Today’s dynamically changing market demonstrates the need for transformative technology to keep pace with guest expectations and drive growth in the context of evolving business needs. Through this partnership, Accor joins our global community of world-leading hotels on a mission to transform relationships with guests, exceed their expectations, and make the experience of travel better.”

     

    Image Caption: Sébastien Bazin, Group Chairman and CEO, Accor, shakes hands with Luis Maroto, President and CEO, Amadeus. 

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