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APS Celebrates 100th Interface Milestone

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Above Property® Services (APS®), Services, a provider of hotel and travel technology solutions provider, announced that it has reached a significant milestone with the launch of its 100th interface. The company's robust suite of property management system (PMS) integrations now includes connections to most major hotel technology suppliers.

"We are thrilled to have reached this milestone and to be able to offer our clients such a wide range of valuable interfaces," said Aaron Shepherd, CEO of APS. "While we are a significant technology stack - it is about connecting people with the things they want/need - rooms, transfers, event tickets, etc. Our team has worked tirelessly to develop and maintain these connections, and we are proud to be able to offer our clients the flexibility and choice they need to run their businesses effectively."

The company's interfaces allow hotels to seamlessly connect their APS PMS with a range of other systems, including payment processing, point of sale, supply and demand generation, in-room entertainment, and guest engagement platforms. These integrations enable hotels to streamline operations, improve their guest experience, and increase revenue. Some of the APS Integration partners include:

  • Shift4 – Payments
  • M3 – Accounting
  • Assa Abloy - Locks
  • Hopper – Supply
  • Toast - POS
  • Shift4 – Payments
  • Expedia – Supply
  • Sonifi – In-Room Entertainment
  • Revinate - Content
  • DerbySoft – Demand

"We're thrilled to partner with APS to provide their clients with a best-in-class payment processing solution," said Natasha Cooke, Partner Director at Shift4. "Our payment processing technology is designed to be fast, secure, and reliable. Our advanced 2-way connectivity will enable APS to offer its clients advanced security features, such as tokenization and point-to-point encryption, to help protect against fraud and data breaches."

Above Property Services has been at the forefront of hotel technology innovation for over a decade, providing hotels with cutting-edge solutions designed to optimize their operations and improve their bottom line. The company's commitment to excellence has earned it a reputation as a trusted partner for hotels of all sizes and types.

With the launch of its 100th interface, Above Property Services is poised to continue its growth and expansion in the hotel technology space. The company is committed to staying at the forefront of innovation and providing its clients with the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive industry.

“Providing easy and direct access of the daily revenue data into M3, the hospitality industry’s #1 accounting and financial reporting platform, eliminates the need to switch between different systems, miminizing the risk of having incorrect data make its way into the accounting platform,” says Scott Watson, Chief Sales Officer at M3, “This provides hoteliers with a comprehensive view of their property’s financial performance, allowing them to make informed decisions and optimize their operations.”

The plethora of interfaces are now available to all APS customers, providing a more comprehensive and efficient way to manage their properties. With these best-in-class technology partnerships, hoteliers can streamline their processes, increase efficiency, and optimize their operations, allowing them to focus on what they do best - providing exceptional guest experiences.


Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians Establishes Foundations for Future Generational Success with Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications

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Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, a Native American Tribe in Southern California, has standardized its growing business and government operations on Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications Suite to support its mission of being a self-sustaining, independent Tribe. With a single integrated applications suite to manage its finance, HR, and supply chain processes, the Tribe has been able to redesign operations to support its rapid growth and multiple new ventures, increase visibility across the organization, and improve decision making for current and future generations.

Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indian has established business and governmental operations on its sovereign lands in Southern California, including Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella California, Tortoise Rock Casino, adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park and its Tribal Government Offices. To support the growing and unique needs of its business and government operations, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians needed to replace numerous existing accounting, HR, inventory, and procurement systems which were creating time-consuming, manual processes and making it difficult to scale. After careful evaluation, the Tribe selected Oracle Fusion Applications to improve the efficiency of its operations and support the Tribe’s long-term vision. The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians is one of the first casino-based businesses outside of Las Vegas to engage with Oracle on this potent operating system.

“Operating as a sovereign nation first and a business second, we always take a forward-thinking approach to every decision we make, planning for seven generations ahead,” said Darrell Mike, Tribal Chairman, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. “When thinking about the future success of our Tribe, we knew we needed to have a strong foundation, not just in our leadership and vision, but with our technology as well. Our decision to implement Oracle Fusion Applications was one that we believe will not only help us achieve short-term success but will also solidify our future success 150+ years down the road.”

With Oracle Fusion Applications, the Tribe has leveraged the cloud to break down organizational silos, standardize and automate processes, and manage finance, HR, and supply chain data on a single integrated cloud platform. With quarterly update cycles, the Tribe has access to new features that are added every 90 days without business disruption.

“We have a complex business model that involves administration and management of Tribal services and utilities, gaming and future hospitality ventures including hotels, and will eventually diversify further in support of our vision for growth,” said Anthony Kosturos, chief financial officer, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. “With Oracle Fusion Applications, we consolidated 12 different business systems on a single integrated cloud platform, which has significantly improved insights and how we run our organization. With Oracle’s strong track record in gaming and hospitality, we knew we were getting a system that would cover everything we needed now and will continue to evolve with our organization as we further diversify and grow in the future.”

Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has enabled the Tribe to increase the speed and accuracy of financial processes, improve business visibility, and enhance controls. For example, intelligent document recognition capabilities have tripled the number of transactions it can process each day. Additionally, by consolidating more than six different HR systems with Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM), the Tribe has been able to centralize HR operations, simplify complex processes, and generate better workforce insights. Finally, Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing (SCM) has helped Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians manage the complete source-to-settle cycle to minimize costs and risk and simplify supplier management.

The Tribe is also expanding into new modules and capabilities within Oracle Cloud ERP. The organization is currently implementing Project Management and Grant Management modules to help increase productivity, tighten financial controls, and improve compliance.

“Government, gaming, and hospitality operating models are very different and have unique complexities. For Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, and other Native American Tribes that operate across all three areas, these challenges are compounded,” said Steve Miranda, executive vice president of applications development, Oracle. “By standardizing processes across its operations with Oracle Fusion Applications, the Tribe has been able to increase efficiencies, ensure access to the latest innovations, and establish a strong foundation for future generations to build from.”


SageNet Launches New Alliance Partner Program

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SageNet, a Tulsa-based managed network, digital experience and security services provider, has launched a new Alliance Partner Program.  The company created the strategic initiative to strengthen its commitment to providing multi-site retailers with comprehensive network connectivity and digital signage solutions and ensure that its customers continue to thrive in an ever-evolving retail environment.

“The Alliance Partner Program signifies our dedication to building even stronger relationships with our strategic partners,” said SageNet CEO Brad Wise. “It’s a win-win-win situation. Our partners play an invaluable role in delivering superior solutions to our customers. The Alliance Partner Program provides a platform to amplify success for SageNet, our partners, and most importantly, our customers.”

The program will use a structured framework to provide partners with the exclusive resources, tools and guidance they need to ensure seamless communication, improved service delivery, and a streamlined customer experience. Partners will have access to a dedicated partner manager, joint marketing initiatives, and comprehensive training to meet the changing needs of multi-site retailers.

Patrick Winchester has been appointed as Director of Strategic Alliances to lead the new initiative. In the newly created position, Winchester will be responsible for building and growing strong, consistent relationships with partner companies that can help grow the businesses of SageNet’s customers. Winchester enters this position with more than 20 years of experience in maximizing both customer and partner engagement. He has led deployments for retail enterprise store solutions, hardware and software product launches, and implemented go-to-market strategies for both direct and indirect end-users.

Winchester’s vision for the program includes outstanding field support and a desire to co-market and co-sell in accounts. He aims to build joint collaborative plans and share access to the latest innovations and technology. According to Winchester, the extensive partner platform will detail how the company engages with its partners and amplifies the value of being better together.

“We want to continue building a platform to leverage all the things we do well, because we have a tremendous amount of market knowledge and expertise in different industries. We’re unique, and we want to show our partners the value of working with us.”

Winchester said a key part of his work as Director of Strategic Alliances will be to show how easy it is to work with SageNet.

“We’re transparent and measured, able to show them business objectives that align with measured results. Those things lead to successful partnerships. We’re thinking outside the box with our partners, and together we can amplify everything we do.”

SageNet invites interested companies to explore the benefits of joining the Alliance Partner Program and collaborating with them in their mission to deliver the best possible service to their valued clients. For more information about the Alliance Partner Program, visit


Zebra Technologies Introduces Enterprise-Grade Mobile Payment Solution

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Zebra Technologies Corp. launched Zebra Pay, an integrated, enterprise-grade, SPoC-based mobile payment solution for the retail, hospitality, entertainment, field mobility, and logistics industries.

This solution runs on standard Google Mobile Services (GMS) and the latest Android operating system (OS). As a software-based, pin entry, consumer off the shelf (SPoC/COTS) solution, Zebra Pay empowers businesses to accept payments on Zebra’s multifunctional mobile computers and tablets, transforming them into secure payment terminals.

According to the latest Global Payments Report by FIS, mobile wallets and card-based payments are projected to account for nearly 88% of all in-person transactions by 2026.  

Zebra Pay is available on Zebra’s TC5x and TC7x mobile computer series and ET4x tablets. The solution enables retail associates, hospitality workers and logistics employees to carry a complete mPOS in-hand to accept secure, contactless digital wallets, chip and PIN-based card payments almost anywhere.

Zebra Pay expands the mobile payment capabilities on compatible mobile devices to include line busting, assisted selling, extended aisle, curbside and field-based sales and reduces the need for customers to support multiple devices. Moreover, the solution leverages Payment Card Industry (PCI) certified, cloud-based security and provides customers with the ability to install any application from their enterprise mobility management system or Google Play store without requiring special keys or permission.

The solution is built in accordance with PCI standards and is EMV Level 3 certified to support the delivery of seamless, secure chip card payments globally. It also works with all major credit card networks and payment types including NFC-contactless tap, chip, and magnetic stripe.

Zebra Pay is certified with Global Payments in EMEA and Worldpay from FIS in North America – with additional acquirers including Fiserv coming soon – allowing fast deployments with no development or gateway fees. It is also Visa Ready, meeting Visa's requirements for an optimal Tap to Pay POS acceptance experience.

Zebra Pay enables business owners to rapidly deploy and activate the solution on existing devices, while the cloud-based Zebra Pay Merchant Portal gives them complete visibility into deployments, hardware status, transactions, and an audit trail for all its locations.


Shipley Do-Nuts Rolls Out Loyalty Program

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Shipley Do-Nuts, one of the nation’s largest do-nut brands, is offering guests its first loyalty program, Do-Happy Rewards, at all 340-plus locations. 

Everyone who joins the program will instantly be awarded two free signature glazed do-nuts. Do-Happy Rewards members earn five points for every $1 they spend to unlock rewards that range from free do-nuts and kolaches to Shipley merchandise and 99-cent coffees. The more points reward members earn, the higher their membership level, leading to more exclusive offers and discounts. The app also allows for easy, streamlined online ordering for pickup or delivery.

“We began testing Do-Happy Rewards in early 2023 in our company-owned shops, and it was well received, with strong initial sign-ups and positive consumer feedback that told us there’s a real appetite for the program,” said Shipley Do-Nuts CEO Flynn Dekker. “With this launch, we can thank our devoted guests the best way we know how – with free do-nuts, merch and other menu items – while offering simpler online ordering and driving business for our franchisees.”

As of Sept. 1, Do-Happy Rewards had more than 40,000 members who are spending 60% more than non-loyalty members. Rewards members also visited about twice a month as the program rolled out. 

The new loyalty program is the latest of many tech upgrades for the 87-year-old brand as it plans to nearly double in size over the next five years. It has also launched a new website, rolled out online ordering and third-party delivery, and implemented a digital training platform. The company recently opened new territories for development in Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio and is actively recruiting franchisees in Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida and throughout the Southeast. 


STUDY: Marketing Messages are a Call to Action for Consumers

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HungerRush, a POS software platform provider for quick-service and fast-casual restaurants, today announced new results from a consumer survey that examines the impact of restaurant promotional marketing campaigns on repeat orders, return visits and customer engagement. 

Post COVID, fast-casual and quick-service restaurants have an opportunity to leverage marketing campaigns including mailers, email, and text messages to boost brand awareness and drive a healthy increase in both in-store dining and online orders. According to the new HungerRush consumer survey, 93% of customers visit fast-casual restaurants at least once a month, with 32% dining out 4-6 times a month. Consumers cite lower price points as the top motivator for selecting a quick service restaurant. 

During a time when consumers are more price-conscious and discerning than ever in their dining selections, marketing campaigns undoubtedly have a positive impact on driving repeat orders.

The same survey indicated that 55% of consumers who receive marketing messages (emails, mailers, and text messages) from restaurants will dine at or order from that restaurant within the next month. 

Consumers want to hear from restaurants

Tapping into coupons and marketing messages is a classic technique used by many to bring in new and existing customers, and restaurant operators should be pleased to know these efforts are well received. The majority of consumers surveyed indicated a positive sentiment toward receiving marketing messages from restaurants, with only 29% saying they actively ignore or opt out of marketing communications. Moreover, 32% said they receive up to five marketing messages per week directly from restaurants, demonstrating an interest in hearing from multiple businesses on a consistent basis.  

Overwhelmingly, consumers are more likely to act within one week of receiving a marketing message, whether that be a coupon, a promotion or menu/seasonal updates. In fact, 62% of consumers said they are 50% to 100% more likely to visit a restaurant within one week after receiving a promotional offering. This shows an immediate return on investment for restaurant operators. For those not leveraging a marketing messaging strategy, they are missing out on repeat orders and visits. 

Connecting the right message, at the right time

Knowing what types of messages stick with a customer is instrumental in properly executing a successful marketing campaign. According to HungerRush, 82% of consumers cite weekly or monthly menu updates as their top reason to stay in the loop with a restaurant – outside of deals and promotions – followed by new store openings at 43%. Lower priority topics cited were business updates and community involvement news. Highlighting content that excites consumers' taste buds and gives them incentives to repeat an order online or revisit a restaurant is key.

Across every age group surveyed, email marketing was the preferred method of contact, with 63% saving email messages, followed by mailers (61%) and text messages (55%). When it comes to which type of message has the most impact, email marketing messages are the most popular across all age demographics, with Boomers (60%), Gen X (67%), Millennials (64%), and Gen Z (60%) all saying they save email coupons more than physical mailers and text messages. As many as 61% of respondents said they use coupons and promotions as often as possible.

“Our survey confirmed what we know anecdotally from our customers: nearly 40% of consumers are not using third-party delivery apps,” said Olivier Thierry, CRO of HungerRush. “At HungerRush, we see this as a huge market opportunity for QSR operators to bring consumers directly to their sites or mobile apps to communicate, engage and learn about ordering behaviors. Harnessing this data and keeping consumers engaged through weekly and monthly marketing messages is a foolproof way to capitalize and encourage repeat visits and revenue.”

For more information on HungerRush’s survey findings on consumer restaurant marketing preferences and trends, please see the HungerRush survey infographic.