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  • 6/6/2024

    The Access Group Expands in North America with Acquisition of Hotel Tech Specialist SHR Group

    The Access Group, a $1.3bn+ business management software provider, has added global hotel and casino technology specialist SHR to its expanding AI-powered end-to-end platform for hotels.
    Access will pair SHR’s capabilities with those of Guestline, a Property Management Software (PMS) with customers across DACH and Europe, which it acquired last year. SHR’s 2,000 hotel customers will join Guestline’s 3,000 properties, with all clients of the enlarged Access Hospitality division benefitting from improved ability to boost efficiency and profitability, with a complete digital guest journey.
    The SHR deal makes the Access Hospitality division one of only a handful of truly holistic software providers in the hotel industry worldwide. SHR is key to the vision of becoming a one-stop shop for the full range of hospitality property management, operations, and front-of-house tools.
    The acquisition of SHR — based in Houston, Texas — will enable Access to make further inroads into the US market and service larger hotel groups, which often have more complex distribution needs than smaller boutique and independent operators. With revenue of over £1bn, The Access Group has more than 7,000 employees worldwide and provides software solutions to over a dozen other sectors.
    Access uses a modular approach, which allows hoteliers to design their ideal tech stack according to need, but where all the key components are still natively integrated.
    SHR comprises a dynamic Central Reservation System (CRS), Internet Booking Engine (IBE), CRM (Customer Relationship Manager), Revenue Management System (RMS), and digital marketing and loyalty program tools. Its use of AI means the content guests see on direct booking sites is tailored to them, increasing relevance for customers and helping hoteliers maximize revenues through conversion, upselling, and cross-selling.
    Access aims to become the mid-market segment's go-to provider, focusing on independent hotels and national and regional chains globally by combining SHR’s products with Guestline and nearly 10 other Access Hospitality products.
    The appointment of Jonah Paransky as Access President of the Americas earlier this year demonstrates the Group’s commitment and investment in developing the organization as a leading global business software provider in the region. This, combined with the acquisition of ERP provider Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) in 2022, galvanizes the Group’s commitment to expanding its footprint in the US market. The company already has a strong presence in Europe and APAC. The Group’s Hospitality division already supports over 20,000 hotels, multi-site pub and bar, restaurants, food-to-go, and leisure operators with software designed to enhance guest experiences and improve venues’ profitability.
    Champa Magesh, MD Access Hospitality, commented: “We’ve always worked to provide world-class products and unrivaled technological capabilities and SHR embodies that ambition.
    "SHR is undoubtedly the world's leading automated hotel technology platform and a significant addition to our hospitality offering. In this competitive and increasingly complex industry, leveraging AI's immense potential will give hoteliers a competitive edge – enabling them to revolutionize guest experiences, drive operational efficiencies, and increase revenue.
    “It further bolsters our accommodation offer following the acquisition of Guestline last year – a leading hotel distribution and operations platform provider.”
    Jonah Paransky, Access Group President, Americas, said: “This deal has taken us a step closer to achieving our goal of being the global go-to technology partner for hotels, helping them deliver exceptional guest experiences and increase their profitability.
    “SHR’s pioneering use of technology and laser focus on customer experience make it a natural fit for Access. This acquisition is a key milestone in our drive to grow our market share in the US and tap into the massive growth opportunity the market presents.”
    Rod Jimenez, CEO SHR, added, “We are thrilled to announce that Access has acquired SHR. Access is already a leader in providing software and services to UK and European hotels. Its focus is on offering solutions that support customers in handling their entire operations, enabling hoteliers to deliver excellent guest experiences cost-effectively, profitably, and sustainably.
    “This strategic move for SHR brings a wealth of benefits to our customers. They’ll gain access to a complete suite of products and services, including hospitality-specific HR, payroll, learning management, and staff scheduling software. They’ll be able to draw on the expertise of Access’ extensive network of partners and find opportunities to learn, collaborate, and grow with a larger community of customers.
    “We look forward to working with Access to accelerate capabilities and innovation across products, customer support, and security.”
  • 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 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.

  • 6/6/2024

    Breezeway Now Available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace

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    Breezeway, a property operations and guest experience platform and a member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it is available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace and can be deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and integrated with OPERA Cloud via the Oracle Hospitality Integration Platform (OHIP). Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a centralized repository of enterprise applications offered by Oracle and Oracle partners. 
    The collaboration means that hoteliers using OPERA Cloud can now sync with Breezeway’s platform to automate operational tasks from one platform.
    With this integration, customers can leverage new advancements in service optimization software to bring efficiency to their business and elevate the guest experience, including dynamic scheduling and task assignment rules, utilizing smart checklists that allow for personalized service across unique stays, and managing guest communications. 
    The Breezeway integration with OPERA Cloud also includes property guides, smart lock code automation, and the ability to offer customized upsells and guest services.
    Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications and services offering unique solutions, including ones that extend Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications. 
    OCI is a deep and broad platform of cloud infrastructure services that enables customers to build and run a wide range of applications in a scalable, secure, highly available, and high-performance environment. From application development and business analytics to data management, integration, security, AI, and infrastructure services including Kubernetes and VMware, OCI delivers comprehensive security, performance, and cost savings. In addition, with multicloud, hybrid cloud, public cloud, and dedicated cloud options, OCI’s distributed cloud offers customers the benefits of cloud with greater control over data residency, locality, and authority, even across multiple clouds. As a result, customers can bring enterprise workloads to the cloud quickly and efficiently while meeting the strictest regulatory compliance requirements. 
    “Our integration with Oracle Hospitality marks an advancement in the accessibility to operational technology for the hotel industry. By combining Breezeway’s property care, operations and guest experience tools with Oracle’s robust property management software, we will set a new benchmark for efficiency and guest satisfaction,” said Jeremy Gall, CEO and Founder of Breezeway. “Breezeway’s participation in Oracle Cloud Marketplace further extends our commitment to the Oracle community and enables customers to easily reap the benefits of our tools. We look forward to leveraging the power of OCI to help us achieve our business goals.”
    Breezeway, a platform for managing all the work of maintaining and cleaning hotels and short-term rentals, has helped thousands of hoteliers and property managers deliver the highest quality hospitality experiences for millions of guests – across more than 250,000 properties in 80 countries. 

  • 6/6/2024

    Tripleseat Acquires 3D Floor Plan Provider, Merri, to Revolutionize Event Management & Planning

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    Tripleseat, a sales and event management platform for restaurants, hotels, and unique venues, is excited to announce the acquisition of Merri, a cutting-edge 3D floor plan and event design application for restaurants, hotels, unique venues, and event planners. This strategic acquisition aims to enhance Tripleseat’s robust suite of tools, providing all venues with an all-in-one solution for seamless event planning and management.

    As the hospitality industry continues to grow and evolve, the need for efficient, technology-driven solutions has never been greater. By integrating Merri's innovative 3D floor plan design capabilities with Tripleseat's comprehensive event management platform, venue owners and event planners can now access a powerful toolset that simplifies the planning process and enhances guest experiences.

    Key Benefits of the Merri Acquisition:

    • Seamless Integration: Merri's advanced floor plan and event design tools will fully integrate into the Tripleseat platform, allowing users to create detailed, customizable floorplans that align perfectly with their event requirements.

    • Enhanced User Experience: The combined platform will offer an intuitive user interface, making it easier for users to visualize and plan events, manage seating arrangements, and optimize space utilization.

    • Increased Productivity: By consolidating event planning and floor plan design into a single platform, hospitality professionals can save time, reduce errors, and improve coordination.

    • Data-Driven Insights: The integration will provide users with valuable analytics and insights, helping them make informed decisions to enhance event profitability and guest satisfaction

    Event Management Innovation’s Impact on the Hospitality Industry:

    Tripleseat currently serves over 16,000 restaurants and hotels globally and has managed 34 million events to date. By incorporating Merri’s technology, Tripleseat aims to further solidify its position as the leading event management solution provider in the hospitality industry, ensuring even more efficient and effective event planning processes for its extensive user base.

    Jonathan Morse, CEO of Tripleseat, expressed his enthusiasm for the acquisition: "We are thrilled to welcome Merri to the Tripleseat family. This acquisition represents a significant step forward in our mission to provide the hospitality industry with the most comprehensive and user-friendly event management solutions. Merri's innovative technology aligns perfectly with our vision, and we are excited to bring these enhanced capabilities to our customers."

    Randi Bushell, Founder of Merri, added: "Joining forces with Tripleseat allows us to bring our advanced floor plan and event design tools to a broader audience. We share a common goal of simplifying and enhancing the event planning process, and we look forward to working together to achieve this."

  • 6/4/2024

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

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    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

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    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.

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