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Top POS Stories from August: Micros and PayPal Team, Choice Hotels Rolls Out Mobile Booking Solution

August was quite a month for point-of-sale related headlines. Two major players in the payment space announced a partnership to improve mobile payment integration; a provider of iPad POS solutions integrates loyalty programs directly into the iPad POS and a major hotel has rolled out a solution to help travelers make mobile reservations quickly and easily. Check out the recap, in case you missed any of these headlines.

iPad POS Announces Integrated Loyalty Program And Gift Card Features
At the Retail Solutions Providers Association's RetailNOW2013 conference and expo, Revel Systems Inc., the provider of iPad point-of-sale solutions for restaurant, retail and grocery, highlights the system's latest features for retailers, including loyalty programs and gift card features that are directly integrated into the iPad POS. As part of this push, Revel has also announced a partnership with LoyalTree, creator of the nation's leading mobile-to-POS consumer loyalty solutions. This partnership enables retailers and other business owners to seamlessly integrate LoyalTree directly into Revel's POS system for fast and easy setup for the business owner and ease of use for the consumer.

SONIC Standardizes on MICROS for POS & Back-Office
SONIC Corp. the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants with over 3,500 locations, has selected MICROS as its strategic enterprise solution partner. Included in the solution is MICROS’ point-of-sale for drive-in transactions, as well as MICROS’ enterprise solution including Enterprise Management, Enterprise Inventory and Labor, Business Intelligence, and Loss Prevention systems for above drive-in operations. This enterprise solution will be provided in a SaaS model providing an economic and streamlined approach for SONIC and its franchisees to deploy and maintain its technology.

New POS Software Boasts Greater Flexibility for Mobility and Security
ParTech, Inc. (PAR), a subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation has announced the availability of its latest release of PAR EverServ® PixelPoint® V12 point-of-sale (POS) software. EverServ PixelPoint V12 includes more than 40 new features and enhancements, which provide greater flexibility and capabilities to help restaurant operators simplify deployment, reduce costs and improve customer service. PAR has deployed more than 42,000 PixelPoint licenses at restaurants around the world, including Baskin-Robins, Taco Mayo, Wild Wings, Restaurantes California and Mike Anderson’s Seafood.

Homestyle Dining to Tackle Biz Intel Challenge: 10 POS Systems across 200 Stores
Homestyle Dining LLC of Plano, TX is the parent company and franchisor for more than 200 Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses spread over two continents. Their restaurants use more than ten different POS systems on a variety of hardware to collect sales and transaction data.

Executive Roundtable: Putting the POS in Perspective
The POS has become a central hub for sales, employee training and tracking, loyalty, guest data and much more. With all those components, deciding upon a POS vendor and strategy are major talking points for restaurant insiders. HT asked a panel of execs to identify important trends and best practices, as well as share what they are looking for in next-generation POS systems. Their responses shed some light on where the industry is — or should be — heading in terms of future-proofing the POS.

MICROS, PayPal Team up Globally on Mobile Payment Integration
MICROS Systems, Inc., a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, and PayPal, a leader in online and mobile in store payments, announced today a new strategic global collaboration to integrate PayPal into MICROS' widely deployed POS platforms to enable better payments experiences for consumers – whether using a card, online, mobile phone, checking in to pay, or by simply typing in a mobile number and PIN. Central to this collaboration, multiple MICROS hospitality and retail point-of-sale (POS) platforms used in hundreds of thousands of merchant locations around the world will soon offer the ability to seamlessly work with the innovative PayPal mobile application.

POS Imperative: Provide Deep Customer Insight without Complexity
Next-gen point of sale systems can be central to providing personalized service, but integration is key. The point-of-sale can play an important role in providing such service, while also creating opportunities for increased guest spending. In this month’s Executive Q&A, Jim Dennedy, CEO of Agilysys, talks about how high-tech, tightly-integrated POS systems are providing these opportunities.

Dallas’ New Restaurant Concept Incubator Opts for Subscription-based POS
Dallas is getting a new complex focused, in part, on fostering the growth and development of new restaurant concepts. In an effort to keep upfront technology costs low for its new start-ups while still providing flexibility, Trinity Groves implemented the subscription-based Aloha POS as-a-service (POSaaS) from NCR Corporation.

Choice Hotels Makes Mobile Reservations Quick and Easy with RapidBook
Choice Hotels International, Inc. has launched RapidBook, enabling travelers to make reservations quickly and easily using a mobile device. RapidBook takes the frustration out of the mobile reservation process by eliminating the need to fill in information and credit card numbers on a tiny phone screen. Users simply enter their information one time when completing their online profile. After that, they're ready to book quickly through the Choice Hotels mobile website.
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