F And B World : October 2010
12 | OCTOBER 2010 www.hip.ph Tools of the Trade it’s A diGitAl World! Forget pen and paper—take your menu orders by the touch of a button or the tap on a touchscreen. bY ANNA SISoN-SoRIANo orderIng vIA IPhone It is now quite common for restaurants and fast-food chains to let customers order via text message or the Internet. To accommodate the food requirements of the ever-growing, tech savvy population, Apple has several iphone Apps perfect for store owners. Ordering is now more convenient and virtually hassle-free. With the square App developed by square, inc., restaurant owners can accept cash or credit card payments from their customers and even issue them receipts via email or text message. This app can be downloaded for free from the app store and is compatible with both the iPhone and iPad. For more information, log on to http://store.apple.com. Big chains in the u.S . such as Burger king and pizza hut have been using ordering apps in their operations. But a food chain in the u.K . decided to take things further by developing its own sTAndouT sysTems With Foxchit’s Wireless ordering system, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops can process orders more efficiently. This set-up simply makes use of a wireless hub/router, which links the remote ordering terminal with the wireless cashier terminal and the kitchen. With this system, taking orders is a breeze with the pA500, a wireless handheld device that enables wait staff to immediately input orders and relay instructions to the cashier and the kitchen. Walking to the kitchen is no longer necessary and gives more time for servers to focus on placing food quickly on the table. The hotel & restaurant management system from Foxchit is the perfect solution for any hotel menus go dIgITAl Tired of spending a lot on a traditional menu display only to change it every time a menu item or price has to be updated? The digital menu Board is the answer. It replaces the traditional light box system by using an industrial grade display system combined with digital signage software. The advantage of this system is that you have a very dynamic display with both still and moving images shown on a single screen. The software allows you to change display images at any given time. With this technology, you can change and control the content of the menu board from a main office server, then send it via a secured network to all store branches in several locations. This innovation significantly decreases your operating cost and time. To learn more, call electrobox Asia corporation at (02) 687-0503, email email@example.com, or visit www. electroboxasia.com. app. With the Wagamama App (downloaded for free from www. wagamama.com), customers can use their iPhone to locate the nearest Wagamama outlet, browse through the restaurant menu, place orders, select a mode of payment, and even dictate the pick-up time. Who knows? Maybe fast-food chains and restaurants in the Philippines can develop their own iPhone Apps to let more people have access to their stores and products—with just a simple stroke on the touchscreen phone. or resort that aims to streamline their operations. This set-up involves a central terminal for booking and reservations, monitoring check-in and check-out times, setting provisions for walk-in clients, checking availability of rooms, processing Internet reservations, preparing statement of accounts, and linking with the POS of restaurants, gift shops, and other hotel/resort outlets such as spas and dive shops. This system is ideal for small and medium enterprises. Interested parties can visit any Foxchit branch in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, iloilo, Cagayan de oro, and General Santos, and sales hubs in Bacolod and Dumaguete. For more details and information, log on to www.foxchit.com.