Restaurant POS Specialists Come Together In Nashville
Several hundred people in the hospitalty POS niche put on their western wear, and descended on Nashville TN recently for the annual dealer meeting.
Future POS, an eighteen year old company that specializes in hospitality/restaurant software hosted the event that included numerous educational opportunities, a vendor fair, an inspirational speaker and a variety of breakout sessions that ranged from payment technology to discussions of industry trends.
Dealer Manager Steve Pritchard spoke about upcoming initiatives (right image)
CEO John Giles gave an update on company direction and progress and reiterated his commitment for Future POS to stay independent. Future POS has updated its core technology several times over the last 18 years, a fact that Giles is quite proud of, as a number of competitors are still using 1980s technology underneath the hood of their engines. Giles also spoke of the aging of some of the competitors – a number of which have been bought up in the last few years and whose technology may be moving to a maintenance mode, as opposed to active development.
The inspirational speaker was Mark “Oz” Geitz , Mark “Oz” Geist is a member of the Annex Security Team that fought the Battle of Benghazi, Libya, from September 11 to September 12, 2012, where he was credited with helping to save the lives of more than 25 Americans. He is a co-author of the bestselling book “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.” Mr. Geitz spoke for an hour and had the audience on the edge of their seats. He finished to a ten minute standing ovation.
Future POS’ software development team gave an hour long presentation on new features, including a very powerful report writing tool, and a new screen design tool that allows users to customize screens and templates with beautiful themes and even allows users to control settings like the opacity of buttons.
Future POS demonstrated its EMV “Pay at table” solution, something that seems to be the most difficult part of credit card processing compliance for many companies. The company is using handheld devices manufactured by Clover. Pay-at-table offers numerous benefits including a faster turn of tables (no waiting for the waiter to return with your credit card) as well as greater security – your credit card doesn’t leave your hand. It’s also needed in order to accept Android or Apple Pay – unless you want to let the waitress wander off with your phone. So, this is an exciting and welcome solution. (image on right)
A partial list of exhibitors included:
Vantiv, Fidelis, Avero, Credibly, Epson, Monetra, JetPay P/R, Ingenico, Honeywell, CRS, Vigilix, ConnectWise, Discover, Touch Dynamic, MenuDrive, Talon, Posiflex, PeachWorks, POS Portal, Avero, M-S Cash Drawer, Citizen, Bluestar, Hot Schedules, Priority Payment, Restaurant365, Stellar Supply, Cutter, CardMarketing Services, Electronic Merchant Systems, QSR Automation and others.
The entire event was put together by Kelly Giles, Vice President and Co-owner, and her team and they did an amazing job. Bonding is also an important part of these events, and dinner and line dancing (optional) at the Wild Horse Saloon contributed to a succesful weekend!
Find out more about Future POS hospitality solutions here.
Future POS technology will be featured on upcoming episodes of Bar Rescue in early 2017.
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