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.
POS RETAIL,RESTAURANT POS
Raydiant | August 12, 2022
Raydiant, the in-location experience platform for brick-and-mortar enterprises, today announced its partnership with Square, the globally trusted software, payments and hardware company. The collaboration sets the tone for the future of brick-and-mortar by empowering businesses to create next-level in-store experiences for both customers and employees.
"Restaurant and retail merchants just endured potentially the most difficult two years of business they've ever had, They want simple, streamlined processes that keep sales up, employees happy, and customers loyal. For the first time ever, this simplification of a tedious back-end process allows retailers to shift their focus from operations to hospitality. They can return to nurturing the heart and soul of their businesses."
-Bobby Marhamat, Raydiant's CEO.
By integrating with Raydiant's Digital Menus app, Square merchants now have the ability to create, schedule, and automatically update digital signage that connects to their Square POS system. This will improve a business' efficiency by eliminating manual updates to menu items. Square merchants will also soon have access to Raydiant's Self-Service Kiosks outfitted with Square's POS system, automatically updating any changes to item availability and pricing. A recent survey showed nearly 60% of consumers preferred a self-service checkout option over a cashier-assisted one. This integration will create a seamless, streamlined ordering experience while reducing manual, time-consuming tasks for front-of-house staff.
"As consumers return to brick-and-mortar stores, our priority is enabling sellers to provide a dynamic, seamless experience for their customers and staff, With this partnership, Square sellers will experience benefits for both front-of-house and back-of-house operations. Their customers will enjoy simple self-service checkouts with kiosks and will receive real-time updates from digital signage, while employees will have the unique opportunity to join in motivating contests and redeem points for rewards. This improved experience will build loyalty not only among their customers, but staff as well."
-Vijay Vachani, Global Head of Partners and Developers at Square.
Square merchants can also leverage Raydiant's Employee Experience Platform for connecting, motivating, and celebrating back-of-house employees. Data such as average physical sales by employee, sales by location, and top selling items are transformed from Square's POS system into motivating contests, games, and other healthy employee competition. For example, managers can track sales activity to determine who sold the most of a particular item. Employees can redeem earned points for various rewards — from electronics and gift cards to travel experiences — through Raydiant's recognition platform. Better employee experiences are critical, as Raydiant's recent State of Deskless Work report found that 52 percent of non-office workers plan to quit their jobs over the next year.
Key features of Raydiant's Digital Menus app include:
Real-time menu updates: Display and update prices, categories, items, modifiers, and availability instantly. For example, restaurants leveraging Square's POS system can schedule menu boards to automatically update based on specific offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Multi-location support and location-specific pricing: Merchants with multiple stores can seamlessly connect to any of their business locations from a single laptop. Display items reflect appropriate prices based on the selected location.
Filtering: Allow customers to select items by category and choose whether to display or hide a product or service's details.
Raydiant is the leading in-location experience platform for the world's largest brands in restaurant, retail, hospitality, banking and more. With Raydiant, franchise managers, IT, marketing and communications executives can more effectively scale their brick-and-mortar operations, reduce anxiety from outdated technology oversight, and seamlessly create more engaging and personalized in-store experiences that keep customers coming back and buying more. Raydiant works with nearly 4,500 brands, from SMB to enterprise, including First Bank, Dickey's BBQ, Harvard University, The Salvation Army, Red Bull, Chick-Fil-A, Thomson Reuters, and Wahlburgers. Founded in April 2017, Raydiant is headquartered in San Francisco, California and has raised a total of $50 million from 8VC, Atomic Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, Mark Wahlberg Investments, Bloomberg Beta, Gaingels, Illuminate Ventures, Transmedia Capital, and Ron Conway.
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.