What topics were top-of-mind in May? Mobility, for one, proved to dominate headlines with announcements coming from Pizza Hut, Micros, Squirrel and Google. Meanwhile, a number of operators have entered into the online ordering arena, including McDonald’s and White Castle. And lastly, vendors continue to back on the iPad, as shown during the 2011 National Restaurant Association conference. These stories, and more, are presented here in Hospitality Technology’s May POS recap.
Mobile POS Showdown
When it comes to mobile point-of-sale technology, are restaurants better off investing in tried-and-true commercial devices or consumer-grade solutions, such as iPads or smartphones? Operators weigh the pros and cons of price, durability, battery life and more.
Integrated POS Tames Cincinnati Zoo Growth Challenges
Integrated foodservice, ticketing and retail solution enables the Cincinnati Zoo
to track visitor preferences and purchasing trends, and implement cross promotions and seasonable operational adjustments. The result: a 25 percent boost in per capita visitor spending.
Restaurants Line up to Test Google Wallet
Subway and Jamba Juice are among those with plans to test an application that utilizes NFC to enable customers to pay for purchases by tapping their phones on any PayPass-enabled terminal at checkout.
Revel Demos iPad POS at NRA Show 2011
Revel provides a complete front- to back-of-house system that manages menu and ingredients, order-taking, secure payment processing, real-time reporting, inventory management, and much more.
NRA 2011: eTab Debuts Tableside Ordering, Payment Solution
Self-service solution allows restaurant and bar patrons to order and pay at their table through a digital menu interface on a portable touch-screen computer, wirelessly connecting each table to the restaurant's wait staff and existing POS system.
Squirrel Debuts POS for Android at NRA
The ability to run Squirrel Professional on an Android tablet is the latest addition to the Squirrel Mobility suite of solutions, which also includes point of sale software for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.