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Industry News - May 31st 2014



Restaurant Chain Saves Thousands with Energy Management

Not Your Average Joe’s restaurant chain has reported that it has saved thousands of dollars on energy bills per location during its first year of operation since rolling out Powerhouse Dynamics’ eMonitor energy and asset management system. Because energy is an overhead expense, the savings is all the more impactful since each and every dollar saved is pure profit. Furthermore, the system paid for itself during that first year.
Not Your Average Joe’s is a rapidly growing, Boston-area-based casual, American-style chain.  The chain is among the first customers of the eMonitor product specifically tailored to meet the needs of small commercial facilities such as restaurants.  It remotely controls heating and cooling and helps identify equipment-related issues before they turn into major problems.  It analyzes every electric load in a facility and delivers real-time intelligence to weed out unnecessary energy spending. The eMonitor can also monitor natural gas and water usage as well as temperatures and other key variables tied to energy conservation. 
For Not Your Average Joe’s, the system delivered savings across the board including reduced equipment use during non-business hours, better equipment scheduling, and early identification of equipment problems. Its remote control of HVAC systems facilitated a balance between cost and guest comfort, with total first-year savings came in at more than 10 percent of the overall energy spend.

User-Friendly POS Streamlines Ops for Water Park

Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas, a new multimillion dollar venue and Nevada's largest water park, has selected the InfoGenesis POS solution from Agilysys to streamline food and beverage operations and enhance guest service. The park opened Memorial Day weekend.
Agilysys InfoGenesis POS is award-winning point-of-sale software that combines powerful reporting and configuration capabilities in the back office with a fast, intuitive and easy-to-use terminal application. The flexible system is easy to set up, and its scalable architecture enables customers to add workstations without having to build out expensive infrastructure. It also integrates easily with other applications, such as gift card and guest management solutions. The system's detailed and high-quality reporting capabilities give  insight into sales data and guest purchasing trends. Other features include packages and prix fixe menus, signature capture and multi-language capability. InfoGenesis POS is available as an on-premise solution or through a subscription service.
The recently released InfoGenesis POS v4.4 is built on a simplified architecture and features a number of infrastructure enhancements, including certification on Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2. The solution also incorporates SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) for maximum flexibility when creating reports. Its terminals are certified POSReady 7, which eases connectivity to Windows® and simplifies deployment and management. Other enhancements include increased single check tender support, an enhanced kitchen video interface, inclusive gratuity configuration and MasterCard® partial authorization mandate support.
Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas is Nevada's largest water park, with more than 25 exhilarating attractions ranging from extreme water slides, including North America's first-of-its-kind three-person Rattler, to family-friendly interactive play areas. The multimillion dollar park is ideally located in southwest Las Vegas on a parcel of land leased from The Howard Hughes Corporation. Project investors include Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, Dr. Steven and Karen Thomas of the Thomas and Mack families of Las Vegas, Roger and Scott Bulloch of SPB Partners and Australian entertainment conglomerate Village Roadshow Limited, which also manages the park.

Classic Manhattan Hotel Renovates and Streamlines Ops with RFID Inventory

The famed New York Palace in Manhattan is currently undergoing a total transformation that includes upgrades to many areas of the elegant property. Its $140,000,000 renovation will establish the hotel as a new luxury standard bearer in New York City. The New York Palace’s renovated Towers Rooms and Suites feature sophisticated, modern design elements and an array of state-of-the-art amenities. However, the renovation was more than skin deep. Property operators wanted to also streamline operations and create a more efficient hotel. One part of the property’s transformation included automation of the uniform system from InvoTech Systems that delivers garments to more than 1,000 employees.
UHF-RFID uniform system automates manual processes, increases efficiency
The New York Palace installed an ultra-high frequency radio frequency identification (UHF-RFID) uniform system from InvoTech Systems along with a high-speed White Conveyors U-Pick-It uniform delivery system as part of its renovation. The property’s revitalization emphasized advanced technologies that increase efficiency and automate manual processes such as uniform tracking, management, and delivery. InvoTech is a leading provider of advanced Uniform, Linen, and Laundry Management Systems that leverage UHF-RFID technology and paperless reporting that saves time and money for companies around the world.
The New York Palace tapped AJ Conveyor and Laundry Systems to design, supply, and install the hotel’s state-of-the-art automated uniform conveyor system. InvoTech’s Uniform System communicates with the White Conveyors U-Pick-It uniform delivery system to reduce labor and operating expenses by automating management of over 10,000 uniforms at The New York Palace.
The New York Palace has 813 guest rooms and 86 suites, including the prominent Towers accommodations, showcasing exceptional views of the city skyline, elegant furnishings and enhanced features. In addition to full concierge services and a lengthy list of in-room amenities, The Palace offers 22,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space, a fitness center and spa; and a convenient location that positions the property as an ideal choice among Midtown luxury hotels for business or leisure guests.

Web Booking Pages and Corporate Sales System Yields Uptick in Sales

LBA Hospitality  specializes in Hilton and Marriott properties that extend from the Carolinas to Houston and down to South Florida in primary, secondary, and tertiary markets. The properties have strong leisure segments that use the internet to shop and book. LBA Hospitality has found a e-marketing partner in hotel WebSpace SystemsPro that enables the company to promote properties for local events and attract and book business. LBA Hospitality operates 72 properties across the Southeast.
hotel WebSpace makes it easy for our hotels to quickly build web pages that spotlight local events and align the property with them online. This strategy reaches travelers who are pre-qualified; they are traveling to the event and the hotel WebSpace page shows them a nearby LBA property where they can stay. The system enables hotels to attract guests who would have never heard about the properties.  
The hotel WebSpace internet marketing solution from hotel SystemsPro drives more bookings for hotel operators. It enables operators to quickly create custom search engine optimized landing pages aligned with local market opportunities that attract visitors to their city or area. Click here for more information on hotel SystemsPro products.
LBA tracks accounts and prospects for all its properties in a cloud-based corporate sales system that is accessed by the company’s multiple sales teams. LBA provides each hotel with a comprehensive account database to help them qualify prospects, develop faster relationships, and close business more effectively.

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