The latest vending machine technology
If you're strolling down Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills and suddenly get a hankering for a snack, you won't have to settle for a candy bar spit out by a regular old vending machine. Instead, snag a fresh cupcake from the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. It's restocked all day and night for continuous cupcake delivery.
It’s not quite an avalanche, but iPad point of sale software is unfurling out into the marketplace at a heightened pace. Touting wireless connectivity, anywhere, anytime access and quick response to menu and room changes, the field is crowded with options, as newcomers to the market, like Lavu and Breadcrumb, join more established POS vendors like Micros, Revel Systems and Aloha.
In April, T.G.I. Friday's released its own mobile payment app. While many foodservice operations have embraced mobile apps for location services, coupon offers or linking into reward programs, proprietary mobile payment apps are still somewhat unchartered territory. In the quick serve arena, Dunkin Donuts just released its own mobile payment system, and Starbucks partnered with Square for its system.