CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasonic, an industry leader in food services technology, will showcase its latest integrated technology solutions for restaurants at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago, IL (booth #7245). Panasonic’s easily scalable, end-to-end solutions were designed to enhance business efficiency and improve customer experiences, and incorporate a wide variety of Panasonic hardware including POS workstations, rugged handheld tablets for line busting, mobile POS as well as drive-thru and security solutions.
“Customer expectations in the restaurant industry are changing rapidly,” said Jeff Pinc, Director – Food Services, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “These expectations demand technology solutions that connect data to customers, employees and managers that will improve customer experience, while increasing productivity and efficiency with ROI still top of mind. At Panasonic, we provide technology solutions for every restaurant scenario from the back office to the drive-thru.”
Rugged Tablet Solutions
As the EMV mandate approaches, requiring operators to implement chip-and-pin technology or face fraud liability, Panasonic developed the Toughpad® FZ-R1, the world’s first 7” all-in-one mobile POS tablet running Windows 8.1 for line busting and tableside ordering while providing secure transaction capabilities. With its integrated EMV reader with PIN pad, encrypted mag stripe reader and NFC compatibility, the Intel®-based Toughpad FZ-R1 can handle all forms of electronic payment, giving operators and their customers confidence that financial data is secure.
Panasonic will also be demoing a number of other rugged tablet solutions for line busting, tableside ordering and workforce management. Rugged tablets, such as the 10.1” Toughpad FZ-G1 enable restaurant managers to come out of the back office and onto the restaurant floor, increasing ROI and productivity.
In an effort to increase efficiencies and sales in the drive-thru, Panasonic developed the fully-integrated Digital Drive-Thru. The solution combines scalable weatherproof, glare-resistant outdoor displays with outdoor mounting, integrated audio and video capabilities, including a built-in order confirmation screen eliminating the need for a separate, standalone unit. The Digital Drive-Thru creates a platform for digital marketing and real-time promotions, unifies menu management and improves the overall customer experience.
The company will also highlight its latest POS workstation, the Stingray III®. This enterprise-grade POS device features an all-in-one flexible, modular design, and is compatible with a variety of Microsoft Windows operating systems. The Stingray III’s versatile design features interchangeable touchscreens, allowing easy customization to meet individual retailer requirements with unlimited mounting options. The increased modularity of the Stingray III also makes servicing and replacing parts a simpler process, allowing the workstation to be easily maintained, reducing total cost of ownership and increasing ROI.
New POS Software Solution
Panasonic’s System Manager Pro (SMP) Software Suite helps operators manage daily operations easily and more efficiently. It’s a powerful software solution that bridges communications from front-of-house to any remote location for consolidated management of Panasonic purpose-built POS systems. SMP allows access to vital information on inventory planning, purchasing and storage, employee scheduling, labor cost, time and attendance regulation and POS operations - all from a single platform with versatile report generation capabilities.
Security and Management Solutions
Additionally, Panasonic will showcase its Virtual Site Manager, an integrated solution designed to provide remote store management from anywhere with the click of a mouse or tap on a tablet PC screen. Combining the power of video surveillance technology with point-of-sale systems, the solution pairs recorded video footage with transactional data, giving operators critical insight that can improve store operations, reduce loss and bring incremental revenue. In addition to preventing shrinkage, video analytics can provide invaluable data that can be used to streamline procedures, enhance marketing efforts and inform merchandising strategy. With just a few clicks, operators can verify and control inventory, view traffic volume and patterns and confirm employee training.
Attendees are encouraged to visit the Panasonic booth (#7245) to see live demos of front counter, drive-thru, line busting and security applications.
For more information on Panasonic Food Services Solutions go to: http://www.panasonic.com/foodservices.
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