LiftForward | March 02, 2022
Microsoft Store has selected the LiftForward Buy Now Pay Later ("BNPL") subscription platform to expand financing offerings in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, France, Poland and Benelux. In these territories, the LiftForward Platform connects various financial institutions with consumers to finance short-term BNPL solutions or longer-term financing options. The LiftForward Platform facilitates the customer experience at the point-of-sale and manages the credit applications, fraud detection, customer verification, underwriting, servicing, fulfillment, and customer support.
As OEMs, retailers and lenders develop financing programs, they are faced with technical, financing, operational, and data challenges. The LiftForward Platform provides solutions that address these challenges, enabling a faster time to market on a scalable, international platform.
"The global expansion of the LiftForward Platform for Microsoft Store offers customers more financing options across Microsoft's portfolio of products, It also enables Microsoft to be agile and quick-to-market with financing products of choice."
-Jeffrey Rogers, CEO of LiftForward.
LiftForward and Microsoft Store teamed up in 2014 to debut Surface All Access, a 0% commercial upgrade subscription program, and then again in 2019 to offer Xbox All Access, a subscription program for Xbox and Game Pass in major retailers in 15 countries.
"LiftForward allows Microsoft Store to seamlessly integrate banks and other financing providers via one common platform. This gives Microsoft Store the ability and flexibility needed to quickly and easily connect numerous financing partners, The LiftForward Platform improves our customer experience and lifecycle in core ways while enabling us to scale our financing offers to new markets."
-Jesper Chou, General Manager of Microsoft Store.
LiftForward, Inc. provides OEM device manufacturers, retailers and banks with BNPL software platforms that power global subscription and financing programs. LiftForward reduces the BNPL complexity with a platform that connects and automates all of the components necessary for successful subscription and financing programs including, point-of sale software, white label e-commerce customer experiences, inventory management, fulfillment, account management and analytics reporting. LiftForward has developed the largest integrated network of major OEMs, retailers and banks in over 15 countries.
Conflux | March 10, 2022
Conflux, the only regulatory compliant public blockchain network in China, today announced the addition of a Proof of Stake (PoS) Finality Chain that expands on the network's existing Proof of Work (PoW) chain. Conflux is also launching eSpace, an EVM-compatible smart contract execution environment that allows developers to deploy and execute Ethereum-native dApps and smart contracts within the Conflux ecosystem.
The two major features are being released as part of the network's Hydra hard fork, a long-awaited update to Conflux. Both upgrades aim to bring more flexibility to developers building on Conflux while also enhancing security against potential attacks.
Conflux's new PoS Finality Chain will work alongside the main PoW chain. PoS validators will be able to vote on confirmed pivot blocks. Once a pivot block is voted, all PoW nodes are forced to follow pivot blocks that are voted by the PoS Finality Chain and the transaction is considered irreversible. The PoW chain will still be used to maintain the record of all transactions realized in the Conflux network.
The Finality Chain will also significantly increase the security of the network and protect it against 51% attacks, which have been successfully carried out against other PoW networks.
The move to add PoS functionality to the network comes as Conflux gears up to expand its ecosystem to attract a wide range of new projects and dApps that can benefit from the hybrid approach. By layering the best of both PoW and PoS, Conflux is enhancing its utility and security for the next wave of Web3 innovation.
Conflux smart contracts executed in the Conflux Virtual Machine (CVM) are EVM-based but include added features and expanded data structures that diverge from the original EVM specification. To make it even easier for Ethereum developers to build on Conflux, eSpace introduces a fully-compatible EVM smart contract execution environment.
eSpace allows developers to easily deploy and execute EVM-compatible smart contracts without any additional work. A dedicated environment within Conflux, eSpace enables developers to use existing tools from the Ethereum ecosystem, such as libraries (eg: web3.js, ether.js, etc.), wallets (eg: MetaMask, hardware wallets, etc.), and other developer tools (eg: Remix, Hardhat, etc.).
As more Web3 projects adopt a multi-chain approach, Conflux's eSpace offers a frictionless way for Ethereum developers to explore and tap into the Conflux community without any technical barriers.
Conflux is a permissionless Layer 1 public blockchain connecting decentralized economies across borders and protocols. Fast, scalable, and solidity compatible, with zero congestion and low fees, Conflux is transforming how the world transacts and leading the transformation to a sustainable, borderless economy.
As the only regulatory compliant, public, and permissionless blockchain in China, Conflux provides a unique advantage for projects building and expanding into Asia. Conflux aims to connect decentralized economies to strengthen the overall DeFi ecosystem globally.
Sparkfly | April 25, 2022
Sparkfly, an award-winning retail technology solutions company that helps innovative restaurants and merchants unify customer engagement technologies to create deeper and more meaningful connections with customers, announced today they have been selected by Bojangles to transform the brand’s personalized engagement and eClub programs at each of its locations across the country. Sparkfly will help Bojangles integrate the brand’s point-of-sale (POS) systems with its offer management platform to connect the entire customer engagement experience. The Charlotte-based quick service restaurant (QSR) brand and its franchisees operate more than 770 restaurants system-wide in 14 states.
Upon completion of the integration, Bojangles’ online and in-store POS transactions will be fully integrated and normalized, offering mobile app users a modernized digital customer experience that operates in any location, on any mobile device, or from any computer. The addition of a digital wallet to its mobile app, Bojangles, will streamline the flow of transactional data, enabling the brand to deliver real-time personalized offers in collaboration with their marketing and service cloud platforms, and acquire new customers. Bojangles’ new mobile app campaign is expected to officially launch to consumers in May 2022.
“We are excited to partner with Bojangles to help them build a best-in-class mobile app and digital experience for their customers. At our core, we exist to empower QSR brands to be more innovative through a modernized approach to real-time data collection and personalized offers; this 360-degree customer engagement strategy is sure to transform the customer experience and positively impact the overall dining experience.”
Sparkfly Founder and CEO Catherine Tabor
“Sparkfly will be a great partner for Bojangles as we redefine the way our consumers experience, purchase, and engage with us by enhancing our mobile app and POS ecosystems to deliver a modern and seamless engagement and ordering journey for millions of our customers,” said Sergio Perez, Sr. Director of Omnichannel at Bojangles.
With Sparkfly’s offer management capabilities, Bojangles can acquire new customers, collect transactional data, issue personalized offers through any form of media or distribution channel and redeem as part of an online order or through single-scan technology at the POS.
Bojangles Mobile App Campaigns
Through Sparkfly’s mobile wallet technology, Bojangles can make all offers available directly to customers in their mobile app, which can be used seamlessly online and via in-app ordering.
In-Restaurant Technology Intelligence
Sparkfly’s bi-directional POS integration will power Bojangles’s real-time communication of all transactional data to other marketing and analytics technologies, breaking down marketing data silos and establishing a true 360-degree view of their customer.
Frictionless Online Ordering
Sparkfly’s Smart Landing Page technology will reduce offer-to-online ordering friction for Bojangles customers, allowing them to redeem an online offer with a single click, reducing cart abandonment. Beyond that, Sparkfly streamlines the brand’s promotion capabilities by enabling a single platform that manages all offers being redeemed through the online ordering platform or at the in-store POS.
Sparkfly is a retail technology solutions company. We help innovative retailers and merchants like Chipotle, Del Taco, Bloomin’ Brands, and Great Clips unify customer engagement technologies to create deeper and more meaningful connections with customers. Through strategy and implementation of our platform, Sparkfly provides real time POS connectivity, offer management and loyalty, mobile loyalty wallets and real-time capture of transactional data. Connect, innovate and grow with Sparkfly.
About Bojangles, Inc.
Bojangles, Inc. is a highly differentiated and growing restaurant operator and franchisor dedicated to serving customers high-quality, craveable food made from our Southern recipes, including breakfast served All Day, Every Day. Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles® serves menu items such as made-from-scratch biscuit breakfast sandwiches, delicious hand-breaded bone-in chicken, flavorful fixins (sides) and Legendary Iced Tea®. Currently, Bojangles has approximately 760 system-wide restaurants in 14 states.
Curator Hotel | December 16, 2021
Curator Hotel & Resort Collection announced preferred partnerships with Aireus and Silverware to provide member hotels access to best-in-class bar and restaurant point-of-sale (“POS”) technologies. With Aireus’ forward-thinking, lightweight and flexible iPad-based POS offerings and Silverware’s time-tested and robust digital solutions, including mobile ordering capabilities, Curator member hotels can now offer guests modern, efficient, and memorable dining experiences while also adding contactless solutions to keep guests and staff safe. As on-property food and beverage demand rebounds, Curator remains a forward-thinking industry leader, continuing to seek out partnerships that provide member hotels with innovative and cost-effective solutions across all areas of hotel operations.
Partnering with Aireus and Silverware gives our members access to state-of-the-art POS solutions that will benefit both guests and staff while increasing Curator member hotel bottom lines.As restaurants gear up for an influx in demand, guest expectations are shifting, and our hotel restaurants are seeking innovative solutions that allow guests to order meals themselves and pay at their table on their own devices and allow our hotels to operate more efficiently with less staff.”
Austin Segal, Curator’s Vice President
Aireus specializes in rapid custom feature ideation, design, and development, combining Apple innovation with these POS software platforms. Through Aireus, Curator member hotels can now offer guests a selection of features, from Apple TV in-room dining to ordering while enjoying their cabana or relaxing poolside.
Trusted by leading hotel brands and venues across the globe, Silverware will provide Curator member hotels with fully integrated solutions including fixed and mobile POS technologies, contactless digital ordering and payment options, CRM loyalty, inventory management, kitchen display systems, and reservation systems.
About Curator Hotel & Resort Collection
Curator Hotel & Resort Collection is a distinct collection of hand-selected small brands and independent lifestyle hotels and resorts worldwide, founded by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and a group of industry-leading hotel operators. Curator provides lifestyle hotels the power to compete together while allowing its members the freedom to retain what makes their hotels unique. It offers the benefits of associating with other unique lifestyle hotels and brands while participating in best-in-class operating agreements, services, reporting and technology. In addition to Pebblebrook, the founding members of Curator include Davidson Hospitality Group, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Provenance, Sage Hospitality Group, Springboard Hospitality, and Viceroy Hotels & Resorts.
Aireus partners with hospitality leaders to provide innovative point of sale (POS) apps and services through Apple iOS. A division of communications giant CaTech Systems Ltd., the innovative company rapidly develops creative and feasible solutions for restaurants, casinos, hotels and resorts.
Trusted by the most notable brands around the globe, we provide enterprise solutions for restaurants, large venue operations, hotels & resorts, and deploy systems to meet the specific needs of multi-revenue operations with restaurants, bars, lounges, room service, banquet and retail facilities. Our solutions are designed and delivered specifically for organizations who are fanatical about thrilling their guests. Our obsession is to drive efficiency and improve the profitability of our clients by relentlessly delivering the most innovative solutions on the market. We strive to enhance every aspect of the guest experience, from when the first guest walks in, until the last one walks out. We bring more to the table, so you can bring more to yours.
About Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and the largest owner of urban and resort lifestyle hotels and resorts in the United States. The Company owns 53 hotels and resorts, totaling approximately 13,200 guest rooms across 15 urban and resort markets.