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POS Recap: Mobile Payment, Omnichannel Trends and Security Top March Headlines

Having an omnichannel payment strategy is becoming more important for hospitality operators as guests increasingly demand to be able to order and pay when, how and where they want. In March, headlines reflected that trend towards omnichannel offerings as we saw restaurants adding to their ordering and payment options, plus technology suppliers announcing updates and integrations to offer enhancements in mobility and security. Following are a few highlights in the point of sale space from Outback incorporating mobile payment into its new app to Papa Murphy’s revamping its online ordering portal. These stories, and more, are presented here in Hospitality Technology’s March POS recap.
Blaze Pizza Unveils App for Ordering and Loyalty
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the build-your-own pizza chain, unveiled its new app, featuring loyalty, mobile ordering and mobile pay. Designed and built by Relevant Mobile, the new app is now available for download by Android and iOS users for all 100-plus Blaze Pizza locations throughout the U.S. The app was developed in partnership with NCR Hosted Solutions to ensure seamless integration with Blaze Pizza’s POS system.

Outback Launches App Allowing Guests To Pay From Phone
With the launch of its new mobile app, Outback Steakhouse is offering guests even more control over their dining experience so they can enjoy steak on their own terms. Outback's new app allows guests to join the wait list and check in, receive exclusive offers, and choose how and when they want to pay the bill. This launch is part of Outback's larger digital commitment to improve customer convenience, choice, and control of their dining experience and follows a series of recent innovations that includes a new state-of-the-art website experience that provides easy online ordering and the convenience of getting on the waitlist.

NFC Mobile Payment Users to Reach Nearly 150m Globally in 2016
A new study from Juniper Research has found that the number of consumers making contactless payments via their mobile handsets will reach 148 million this year, with Apple and Samsung together accounting for nearly 70% of new customers.

NorthStar Order Entry POS Adds EMV and Efficiencies
Custom Business Solutions announced at the 21st annual MURTEC (Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference), the release of NorthStar Order Entry 4.0 with expanded, robust capabilities for improving operations and increasing efficiencies for restaurant and food service businesses. First developed for the restaurant industry five years ago, NorthStar Order Entry provides an omni-channel platform for guests and servers to more efficiently order while managing security, improving speed of service and enhancing the guest experience with better technology.

Papa Murphy's Revamps Online Ordering
Papa Murphy’s announced that it has transformed its online ordering experience with the launch of a new website. Combined with a new ecommerce platform, the revamped website features the benefits of the in-store experience, allowing customers to create their own fresh pizza online and the convenience to then pick up their order in-store when they want. The improved online ordering platform, which is expected to create new sales opportunities, will be available for all Papa Murphy’s locations nationwide in 2016.
OrderSnapp Launches New Kiosk & Table Top Ordering Systems
OrderSnapp announced its first kiosk and table top ordering systems—the latest solution in its OrderSnapp technology suite providing affordable technology to help  pizzerias and other small restaurants stay competitive and afloat.

Solution Offers Secure Integration of Payment in Mobile Apps and Websites
MyCheck has announced a new innovative fintech product called the MyWallet SDK, that allows developers to enable the secure and convenient management of multiple payment methods and across various native app and website platforms with a single integration. The MyWallet SDK supports native apps for iOS and Android and HTML websites and allows for the storage of a wide range of payment methods including ApplePay, PayPal, MasterPass, Visa Checkout, American Express Checkout; as well as traditional credit cards, debit cards, and pre-paid cards.  

Future POS Teams with Vantiv to Offer Integrated EMV Solution
Future POS, Inc. has partnered with Vantiv Integrated Payments, a provider of payments technology and services for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), to introduce a comprehensive fully-integrated EMV processing solution for the United States market. This new, EMV-enabled interface is available with Future POS’s Future Fusion product.
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