Subway unveiled MVP Rewards, a refreshed loyalty program launching September 9 in Canada, the U.S., and Puerto Rico. The new and improved program gives Subway guests the MVP experience with more ways to earn, more perks, and more earning power as customers ascend from Pro to Captain to All-Star status tiers. Consumers can earn points by ordering their favorite sub in Subway restaurants, on Subway.ca or the Subway app.
MVP Rewards replaces Subway MyWay Rewards. All 30 million MyWay members across North America will be enrolled in the new program, and their unspent tokens will automatically be converted into points, giving them a head start on reaching status and earning MVP Rewards' best perks. New members will receive 250 bonus points when they join**.
"Subway fans are the best in QSR and to thank them for their loyalty, we're giving them the star treatment as MVP Rewards members," said Mike Kappitt, Chief Operating and Insights Officer at Subway. "Consumer input helped inform our refreshed loyalty program to create a best-in-class experience. MVP Rewards gives our guests more of what they love from Subway, with a few hidden surprises baked in, so every guest feels like an MVP and comes back to Subway more often for their favourite subs."
As part of its loyalty refresh, Subway made the program easier for guests to sign up, earn and redeem points, as well as advance from Pro to All-Star. Besides craveworthy signature subs and meal upgrades, members at the Captain and All-Star tiers will soon have access to special Subway merchandise and members-only VIP exclusives:
For a complete overview of Subway MVP Rewards and Subway's new loyalty program benefits, visit Subway.ca/rewards.
GauVendi Takes Another Step Towards an Open, Feature-Based Inventory Platform
GauVendi is advancing its disruptive approach to rethinking inventory, which has already been successfully implemented in the GauVendi Sales Engine, towards an open, feature-based inventory platform.
GauVendi started in 2020 with an innovative AI-driven booking experience that provides accommodation providers with a comprehensive solution for hyper-personalized sales and fulfillment automation. It was mainly deployed as a stand-alone solution. With this evolution, accommodation businesses and technology providers can now explore new avenues in sales, distribution, operational efficiency, and marketing of inventory. They benefit from highly automated processes without major system overhauls.
"We aim to offer every operator the opportunity to distribute their inventory in a scalable manner, much like it was previously only possible through personal sales - and all of it fully automated," says Markus Müller, CEO, and co-founder of GauVendi. "With the open API interface, all technology providers can now sell relevant and customizable inventory through their platforms. Our solution acts as an additional layer integrated into the existing tech stack, enabling differentiated sales and automation without significant changes to the current system landscape," adds Müller.
GauVendi's platform is the only one worldwide that provides a feature-based language and a dynamic product management system with its approach. The open API approach ensures seamless integration with other technology providers. Feature-based inventory can be transformed into relevant and tailored accommodation products using the AI recommendation model. The result is a transparent guest experience right from the booking process and significant time savings during reservations through intelligent and optimized room assignments.
The newly established inventory management platform and the associated new products and solutions were developed based on experiences gained from implementing the Sales Engine with existing hotel customers, their achieved results, and the acquired data. The new data structure enables the introduction of advanced automation possibilities, including dynamically optimized and intelligent room assignments using AI (Reinforcement Loops), going far beyond the largely manual and limited assignments used until now.
In today's era of personalization, the data structure in the form of categories for inventory management has proven to be inadequate. It lacks information about individual room features in data formats, making it challenging for operators to fulfill guest requests without significant manual and operational efforts. Any inquiry about specific room characteristics is handled offline and requires manual processing. Monetizing these features is also not possible, and the lack of personalization reduces the competitiveness of accommodation businesses compared to others.
Müller adds, "These problems are a thing of the past with the use of GauVendi. The results our customers achieve with our current solution validate this: significant increases in room revenue, considerable time savings through new automation features, a reduction in phone and email inquiries, and better guest reviews and check-in experiences."
P.F. Chang’s Enhances Catering, Delivery Capabilities
P.F. Chang’s is revolutionizing its catering capabilities through a strategic collaboration with Cartwheel, an enterprise delivery management platform.
Cartwheel recently invested in integrating with ezCater. This integration further streamlines and optimizes catering management and delivery capabilities for the restaurant chain and centralizes once disparate channels into a single, unified platform. Efficient order and delivery management lead to exceptional customer experiences, which, in turn, drive repeat orders.
P.F. Chang’s has worked with Cartwheel to power deliveries through its online catering channels since 2021. The brand is committed to providing a personalized experience to its customers and has long understood the positive impact an efficient delivery has on the holistic customer experience.
"P.F. Chang’s has used Cartwheel to power deliveries for years. We’re thrilled that ezCater orders are now integrated into the platform, enabling us to centrally manage and control delivery across all order sources and channels,” said Jessica Jami, Director of Off-Premises Dining at P.F. Chang’s. “Cartwheel’s real-time tracking capabilities are especially crucial in providing an excellent experience to our guests ordering catering, We've seen a significant increase in repeat orders since implementing Cartwheel and are optimistic about the potential increase in catering revenue with this new integration”
Cartwheel provides P.F. Chang’s with comprehensive solutions for in-house delivery operations, including a user-friendly driver app, advanced dispatch tools for managers, and real-time order tracking capabilities. Delivery drivers have shown their appreciation for Cartwheel’s tools and interface, consistently providing high ratings and positive feedback on the app. Cartwheel also offers catering-specific features such as proof of delivery and the ability to automatically select vehicle types based on order size.
Wyndham Elevates the Hotel Ownership Experience, Launches New Owner and Guest Engagement Platforms
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,100 hotels across more than 95 countries, today announced new efforts to further elevate the hotel ownership experience for its franchisees around the globe—debuting new, state-of-the-art, owner and guest engagement platforms. Unveiled today during the Company's 2023 Global Conference in Anaheim, Calif., the tools come at no additional cost to Wyndham franchisees.
"Every day we're helping our owners open doors to best-in-class technology, more efficient operations, better guest experiences and more profitable hotels," said Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. "With award-winning brands, the number one hotel rewards program, a record development pipeline and historic levels of franchisee engagement and retention—there's never been a better time to be a part of the world's largest, and fastest growing, pure-play hotel franchising company."
Driving Performance Through Community
Developed with help and insight from Wyndham's franchise advisory and brand councils, Wyndham Community—the Company's new owner engagement platform—marks a significant advancement for hotel owners looking to streamline and simplify management of their hotel operations, regardless of whether they own a single hotel or a portfolio spanning multiple brands and segments.
Offering actionable insights to help maximize hotel profitability, Wyndham Community seamlessly connects hotel owners to the day-to-day performance of their business while delivering a constant connection to the scale and resources of the world's largest hotel franchisor. Through the tool, owners can access real-time insights on key business metrics across their portfolio, from anywhere and any device, while also keeping tabs on high-priority tasks and other key action items. Wyndham Community also provides a direct connection to operational support while serving as owners' primary destination for vital news and updates.
Enhancing the Guest Experience
Wyndham's new guest engagement platform, powered by Canary Technologies, further enhances the guest experience by providing hotel owners with a series of best-in-class, mobile-centric tools, helping them better cater to today's travelers and their evolving needs. Slated to start rolling out in the coming weeks, it's built around four key areas:
AI-Driven Property Messaging
Integrating directly with Wyndham's next-gen property management systems (SynXis Property Hub and Opera Cloud), guests can text hotels directly for any needs throughout their stay. Frequently asked questions are answered by Wyndham Hospitality AI, freeing hotel staff to focus on other guest needs.
Smart Mobile Check-In
Building on Wyndham's first-mover status to bring mobile check-in and checkout to the economy segment, this newest offering helps protect hotels against unwarranted chargebacks and fraud by incorporating credit card and ID verification prior to guests' arrival, significantly speeding up the check-in process.
Hotels can engage guests in advance of their stay, offering enhancements like early check-in, late checkout and room upgrades. In doing so, hotel owners can now easily unlock new opportunities to boost revenue and their bottom line.
Smart Mobile Checkout
Upon checkout, housekeeping is automatically notified a new room is ready for cleaning while the checkout screen on the guest's device asks for a review of the stay. On average, pilot properties are seeing a 25% increase in positive reviews.
Unlocking the Wyndham Advantage
Wyndham's new owner and guest engagement platforms join a growing list of additional tools and resources, which collectively offer franchisees TheWyndham Advantage. From next-gen property and revenue management systems to opt-in, revenue-boosting, ancillary services like its Signature Reservation Services to loyalty-building incentives like The Rewards Circle; Wyndham continues to dedicate the full scope and scale of its resources to the long-term success of its franchisees. Over the last five years, the Company has invested more than $275 million in technology—delivering industry-first sales, marketing and digital innovations—all while expanding its on-the-ground operational support of hotels.
Adding to that growing list of firsts is Wyndham's new OTA reconciliation tool. Aimed at correcting the OTA overbilling that can occur when a guest no-shows, cancels or shortens their reservation, the tool automatically reconciles each hotel's stay data with the commissions previously charged at the time of booking. In instances of misalignment, the tool reconciles those stays so the appropriate commission is charged. Historically a manual process, or one which hotels needed to outsource to a third-party for a fee, the Wyndham-provided service is available today at no additional cost to franchisees and currently covers all bookings made through Expedia and its affiliated brands.
Wyndham's 2023 Global Conference runs through Thursday, September 14. Built around the theme of "Opening Doors," the 3-day, in-person event is known for being one of the largest gatherings of hoteliers and hotel suppliers in the world. For more information about Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, including franchising opportunities, visit www.wyndhamdevelopment.com.
HotelIQ Decision Cloud is Now Available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace
HotelIQ, a global hospitality technology company and member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), announced that their business intelligence and analytics tool, Decision Cloud, is available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace and can be deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and integrates with OPERA Cloud Platform via Oracle Hospitality Integration Platform (OHIP). Hotels are now able to more quickly and easily integrate HotelIQ Decision Cloud with OPERA Cloud, enabling more efficient implementation and increasing ROI. Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a centralized repository of enterprise applications offered by Oracle and Oracle partners.
Leveraging the power of OHIP to enable integration between HotelIQ Decicsion Cloud and OPERA Cloud offers significant benefits for hoteliers. HotelIQ is able to capture and analyze property data and provide hoteliers with easy-to-digest, accurate, and consistent data to internal departments which were previously siloed. This makes it easy for revenue management, marketing and sales teams to work together to identify revenue opportunities and discover new ways to optimize operational processes. Hotel IT teams also benefit from OHIP’s self-service onboarding process, which eliminates the need for outside vendors to get a partner connected. In addition, OHIP’s APIs allow partners to ensure both systems are in sync, minimizing the work for hotel IT or outside vendors.
“Traditional PMS data integration and implementation have historically been our biggest pain points when onboarding new clients,” said Andrew Fessenden, Director of Implementations and Integrations at HotelIQ. ”By making OHIP free for hotels using OPERA Cloud, we are able to offer self-service implementation benefits to users of HotelIQ Decision Cloud on OPERA Cloud.”
Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications offering unique business solutions.
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 unmatched 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.
Summerstar Tourist Parks Automate Revenue Management Processes Across Fourteen Properties in Australia with IDeaS
IDeaS, a SAS company, a provider of hotel revenue management software and services, announced today that Summerstar Tourist Parks has adopted the IDeaS’ G3 Revenue Management System (RMS) across fourteen of its Australian-based caravan and holiday park sites.
Summerstar previously relied on manual-based approaches to forecast demand and set prices. However, as its business grew, manually collecting multiple data sets and calculating information via spreadsheets became time-consuming and susceptible to errors and missed opportunities. To modernize its business processes and evolve its approach to pricing, Summerstar adopted IDeaS G3 RMS across all its properties.
Assessing property performance and market demand: IDeaS G3 RMS will automatically assess Summerstar property performance and market demand while deploying pricing decisions and length-of-stay controls across distribution channels. G3 RMS generates prices that adapt to market changes while considering the competitive landscape and a guest’s willingness to pay.
Streamlining head-office resources: IDeaS will help Summerstar grow as a business without additional head-office resources dedicated to revenue management. Using its advanced, automated RMS the properties can minimize the loss of ‘in-head’ knowledge and user error in the revenue management space.
Optimizing revenue streams to increase profitability: By continually analyzing data and adjusting pricing strategies, IDeaS enables the optimization of revenue streams to increase profitability. Through monitoring market trends, competitor pricing, and customer behaviors, hoteliers can better adjust pricing and distribution strategies and maintain a competitive edge to capture market share.
James Corbitt, director, Summerstar Tourist Parks, said: “Summerstar Tourist Parks sites are located across western and southern Australia, all of which have different peak seasons, special events, and guest preferences when it comes to booking. We realized that to continue operating successfully, Summerstar must provide both the best customer experience and prices possible. As a result, it was critical that our length of stay and pricing be balanced through practicing effective revenue management.”
Jurgen Ortelee, managing director of APAC, IDeaS, said: “To provide accommodation options for every budget and attract guests at the right price, Summerstar must continually meet the market from a revenue management perspective. By analyzing historical data and market trends, IDeaS enables Summerstar to forecast future demand accurately. This forecasting capability helps them to plan resources, inventory, and capacity effectively, ensuring that their properties can attract guests while minimizing costs and maximizing revenue.”