HUNGER RUSH | August 16, 2022
HungerRush™, the leading cloud software provider for the restaurant industry, today announced the general availability and early pilot results of its OrderAI Talk product.OrderAI Talk allows restaurant consumers to place phone orders with an artificially intelligent phone bot. It supports increased restaurant efficiency and customer satisfaction through improved order accuracy, accurate and complete voice recognition, full-menu integration, no hold times and a fully integrated POS system with order confirmation and delivery and payment options. OrderAI Talk is the ideal solution for multi-unit restaurants with at least 10 locations, and a high phone order volume.
Key benefits of OrderAI Talk include the following:
Increased order accuracy: Complex menus can be easily integrated with OrderAI Talk so that phone-in customers can customize their orders just as they would if they were in store or talking to a live person.
Ability to upsell every order: The intelligent AI system learns consumer behaviors to engage in smart upselling and smart targeted marketing with each call.
Alleviate challenges from staffing issues: Whether it’s small staffs or overworked team members, OrderAI Talk decreases stress on staff by allowing them to forget the phone and focus on what matters most, making great food.
Opt-in to Text Marketing & Ordering: Providing the ability to expand marketing reach and transform analog customers to digital. Automatically send OrderAI Talk customers a text marketing message one week later giving them the ability to quickly respond and place that order via text. 29% of customers who received OrderAI Text marketing placed at least one or more repeat orders.
Improved customer experience: No more busy signals or hold music. Customers can place their orders quickly and seamlessly through the automated attendant from order placement through payment. Of customers that start an OrderAI Talk order, 92% result in completed orders.
“We are continually working toward creating more streamlined services that benefit both the restaurant and customers, “By innovating and improving the existing technologies in place, we can free up more time for employees to focus their time on customer satisfaction and food quality.”
Perry Turbes, CEO of HungerRush.
HungerRush is a leading provider of integrated restaurant solutions that make it easier to delight guests, drive loyalty, and manage restaurants from anywhere. HungerRush 360 is our flagship all-in-one cloud POS system that integrates digital ordering, delivery, customer engagement, restaurant management, and payment processing features with flexible software designed to give operators of all sizes more insight into their customers, more control over their operations, and more power to profitably grow their business. HungerRush OrderAI Text is an innovative text-to-order AI solution, which allows customers to place orders via text without application downloads and user acquisition.
Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions | August 09, 2022
The retail industry is evolving, and retailers seek new and innovative ways to meet consumer demands across channels. Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions is establishing a strategic presence in Frisco, Texas, to attract high-tech talent and technology partners for developing new solutions and incubating future innovation. As a hub for the company’s initiatives to meet the growing demand to reimagine the store of the future, the expanded footprint will:
Accelerate the company’s growth strategy through investments in cloud development, computer vision and retail IoT
Increase the company’s commitment to technology partnerships to incubate new retail innovation
Broaden capital investments, including a new team dedicated to mergers & acquisition
"As a recognized leader in digital transformation in the retail industry, we are focused on providing scalable, customer-centric solutions that deliver optimized experiences to meet consumers when, where and how they shop, While many tech companies are cutting back, we are investing significantly and expanding to meet new demand created by our commerce platform recognized for accelerating digital transformation to deliver an exceptional retail experience."
-Rance Poehler, president and CEO, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions.
Supporting its investment in digital retail transformation, Toshiba is recruiting people with cloud, microservices, and edge computing skills to drive innovation and development of its ELERA™ unified commerce platform, enabling the evolving technology needs of the world's largest retailers. The company is also expanding its collaboration with innovators who have best-in-class solutions that demonstrate unique value to retailers.
"We are nurturing the incubation of ideas to innovate and advance our industry-recognized retail solutions like ELERA, Toshiba's open, modular platform for unified commerce. Its core value is its ability to help retailers become more agile and resilient in the face of change, Part of our strategy includes engaging emerging startups in the region to expand our ecosystem. Our investments in IoT, data analytics and computer vision enable retailers to provide a consistent, compelling experience for consumers, whether they shop in-store, at curbside, on their mobile device, or at home."
-Mike Yeung, Executive Vice President and CTO, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions.
Toshiba will initially bring 50 new jobs to the area in 2022, with plans to triple that number over the next two years. "We are thrilled to welcome Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions to Frisco," said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. "Toshiba's research and development expansion brings new corporate innovation jobs that will provide great opportunities for Frisco residents and further expand our tech ecosystem. This is a big win for Frisco and adds another internationally recognized brand to our rapidly growing portfolio of top-tier companies."
With 150 new jobs planned over the next two years, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions’ new innovation hub in Frisco is great news for North Texans looking to capitalize on exceptional tech opportunities offered in our state, said Governor Greg Abbott. “Texas is the top state for high-value business investments because companies like Toshiba are attracted to our unmatched business climate and highly-skilled, diverse workforce. I look forward to working alongside Toshiba as we further cement Texas’ position as a global leader in technology and as the top state for tech jobs growth in the nation.
The company's Durham, North Carolina location continues to serve as the global headquarters driving these global investments and growth strategies. The greater Dallas area was a strategic choice for the company's expansion because it is a central hub enabling rapid connectivity to our other development centers in Raleigh/Durham, Guadalajara, Mexico, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and cities across Europe.
The Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions office is in Hall Park – 3201 Dallas Parkway, Suite 600, Frisco, Texas 75034. The sixth-floor 14,341 square foot space features 15 offices, four conference rooms, 51 workstations, a break area, and a lounge. Additionally, employees will have access to Hall Park's amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness facility, cafe, lounge, walking trails, electric vehicle charging stations, and more.
About Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions:
Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions is a global market share leader in retail store technology and retail’s first choice for unified commerce solutions. Together with a global team of dedicated business partners, we advance the future of retail with innovative commerce solutions that enhance customer engagement, transform the in-store experience, and accelerate digital transformation.
XTM | August 12, 2022
XTM, Inc. (“XTM” or the “Company”) (QB: XTMIF / CSE:PAID / FSE:7XT), a Miami and Toronto-based Fintech company in the neo-banking space, providing mobile banking and payment solutions around the world, is pleased to announce the release of a Tip Pool and Tip Share software product that accepts data sets from any time and attendance or POS platform. This feature allows restaurant owners and operators to leverage our Tip Pool/Share without an integration and be operative within a few hours of sign-up.
The Tip Pool solution collects tips received by employees into a pool, and then automates the calculation and distributes on an organization-determined points basis to staff. The XTM Tip Share product automates the calculation and sharing of tips to other employees based on a percentage of net sales, saving operators time and money as well as providing staff with full transparency of the process.
“The technology-agnostic premise upon which our Tip Pool and Tip Share solutions pull data is a significant and strategic innovation for our Engineering team, It aligns with our product road-map to provide enterprise solutions for all hospitality businesses large and small, regardless of their current product stack.”
-Chad Arthur, CTO, XTM.
Proper Tip allocation is critical to operators and staff; if not done correctly it can be a highly litigious function within hospitality organizations, said Marilyn Schaffer, CEO, XTM. This product is a true reflection of our commitment to provide the hospitality industry with products and solutions to make their businesses more efficient and profitable.
XTM, is a Miami and Toronto-based fintech innovator in the neo-banking space, helping businesses and service workers in the hospitality and personal care space disseminate and access earned wages and gratuities. XTM's Today™ Solution, comprised of a free mobile app and a Visa or Mastercard debit card with free banking features, is used by thousands of restaurants, salons and staff across Canada and the United States. XTM is a global card issuer and real-time payment specialist. Our technology is used by Restaurants, Salons and service staff at no charge to automate and expedite Earned Wage and Gratuity Access, increasing time and attendance and eliminating cash from ecosystems. XTM's Today solution drives operational efficiencies and delivers a bespoke user experience designed specifically for service workers.