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Top Ten POS Headlines in October: Mobile Wallets and Tablet Solutions Shape the Point of Service

October was rife with additions to the POS landscape and the headlines reflected as much. From inventive rollouts to new offerings, the point of service is being roundly shaped by mobile influences both for ordering and payment.

Solution Turns Mobile Phones into Mobile Wallets
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is introducing SmartTrust Portigo, a comprehensive mobile wallet solution for NFC services and beyond which brings all the functions of an electronic wallet onto a common platform.

Steakhouse Sizzles with Robust POS that Saves Time and Ups Table Turns
Franklin Steakhouse & Tavern sees an increase in ticket sales since launching with the Harbortouch Free POS. When it came time to choose a POS for the launch of the new Franklin Steakhouse, Harbortouch Hospitality immediately came to mind. Having been impressed with the Harbortouch Hospitality free POS system from his experience with it as the Nutley location, the Harbortouch system was a natural choice when Pete launched the new Franklin Steakhouse.

HTNG Releases New Web Services Specs
Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) has released its newest Web Services specs. The 2012B release adds new specifications from the Intelligent Guest Room and Point of Sale Workgroups, along with updated specifications from the Customer Profile and Product Distribution Workgroups.

Groupon Launches iPad POS
Groupon has announced the launch of Breadcrumb, an easy-to-use, powerful and affordable iPad point-of-sale (POS) system that helps local restaurants, bars and cafes run more effectively.

Mobile App Offers Secure Payment Option for Bowling Center
Lucky Strike has implemented Tabbedout mobile payments, enabling customers to open, view and pay tabs from their phone. The Tabbedout solution is fully integrated with their MICROS point-of-sale (POS) system, which means customers can pay when they are ready and wait staff can spend more time serving food and drink.

6 Keys to Picking the Right POS for your Restaurant
It’s not uncommon today to find restaurant chains using a mix of POS systems as varied as their menus: old and new, open source and proprietary, cloud and on-premise. These diverse IT environments can work for some operations, but they’re not right for every organization. This whitepaper outlines six factors to consider in choosing the POS approach that is right for your restaurant.

ARAMARK Deploys Cloud-Based Mobile POS
MICROS is the first in hospitality to integrate and implement the Isis SmartTap mobile commerce application, now used at ARAMARK locations. The seamless two-way integration of Isis SmartTap into the cloud-based MICROS Simphony POS platform offers restaurant operators the opportunity to engage patrons and build customer loyalty with cutting-edge payment options. Using intelligent processing, existing loyalty, offers, and promotional programs can be mobilized by utilizing the Isis Mobile Wallet without the need for further infrastructure from the restaurateur, providing restaurant patrons’ access on-the-go.

New Payment and POS App Replaces Costly Server-Based Solutions
Austin-based SalesVu just released its latest mobile payment and point-of-sale application, SalesVu 2.2 for iPhones and iPads. This new update is intended to replace costly server-based POS solutions with a more affordable and reliable option.

Social and Mobile Drive Bookings for Panama City Hotels
Riande Hoteles has extended its relationship with Pegasus Solutions to increase reservations through mobile and Facebook at its two locations. Both hotels have launched mobile sites using OpenFlex from Open Hospitality, a division of Pegasus, and have leveraged the OpenView booking engine to capture “Facebookings.”

Drafthouse Cinema Streamlines Ops by Integrating Data from the POS
Mirus Restaurant Solutions has been employed by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to disseminate valuable info from the restaurant and cinema. The solution is able to integrate different POS systems for a single enterprise, and has proven success in combining disparate data streams and delivering flexible ad hoc reports.

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