John Downman – Developing A Waste Management Strategy In 2019

With a constant stream of news about plastic waste and how it is impacting the whole planet,the challenges of effective waste management are set to grow in 2019 as new legislation is implemented around the globe. John Downman, Tricon’s International Project Director discusses the key factors affecting strategy development.

2019: A productive year for hospitality technology

Peter Moore from Lolly makes his payments and point of sale predictions for the year ahead

GDPR took control in 2018 – just as Peter Moore, CEO of PoS and payments specialist Lolly, predicted 12 months ago. He comments:”The time and financial impact of implementing GDPR compliance has almost certainly delayed the advancement of other areas of hospitality technology.”

When it comes to considering his predictions for the year ahead, Peter Moore believes that real progress will be made in the fields of payments and POS; many of which will have a real impact for smaller hospitality providers.

Payments – PSD2 Directive

Moore considers that the introduction of The Payment Services Directive (PSD2) – designed to promote payments innovation – will have both a positive and negative impact on the sector. The legislation will encourage open banking, which is considered to ‘transform banking into a more flexible network of financial providers and services’.

Peter Moore comments: “In 2019 we are expecting that this directive will accelerate the faster payments system in the UK as it reduces the fees for processing PSD2 payments. Hopefully we will see it levelling the field for payments, reducing the cost and allowing hospitality providers to have more choice of how they take payments, as well as encouraging the integration of technology into businesses.

“However, there is a lack of communication for both consumers and smaller businesses about how this may benefit them, but also what any associated risks may be. I would advise hospitality businesses to do their research before jumping into any scheme. In addition, loyalty or rewards schemes are currently not as developed as those of major card or payments providers, but this is something we are expecting to change as the market grows stronger and more established over the coming years.”

Pin on Glass (PoG)

A subsequent application will be the introduction of Pinon Glass (PoG). The term describes traditional payment terminals that have evolved from larger models that operate using buttons, to a touch screen interface. PoG is the touch screen, or glass-based capture mechanism (1). Moore believes PoG will become more commonplace during 2019:

“PoG-type products will be attractively priced, and we will see increasing numbers of mobile apps being created. Overall this will enable entry level merchants in the sector to start taking payments, which will result in more mobile type transactions direct from a phone, as opposed to needing third-party intervention – creating the coveted ‘frictionless’ payment environment(2).

Behavioural biometrics

Nearer than many would think is behavioural biometrics -iris, fingerprints, facial movement and voice – all big news in payment technology right now. We are at an early stage but are beginning to see ‘pay by selfie’ or ‘smile to pay’ services – promoting cashless environments and embracing payments at lightning speed. Moore comments:

“Biometric payments will revolutionise the payment landscape, and there is a whole new generation ready for this, which will certainly change the buying process. Hospitality businesses need to start planning for this change, and to address their changing customer needs.

Self-serve

Moore has previously commented on the potential staff shortages following Brexit. He believes self-serve technology has the ability to support many hospitality providers in delivering high-quality service with reduced staff numbers at front of house.

“In certain areas of hospitality we are looking at a revolution of the traditional role of service staff,” he comments.”Higher footfall and faster payments will generate the need for more staff in operational and back office roles to give better service and more product and scope.

“As in recent years, 2019 will be all about technology integration and creating best-in-class solutions. Those who choose not to evolve will find themselves being left behind. The sector is now playing catch up.”

  (1) https://tinyurl.com/y9zhrmcz

  (2) https://tinyurl.com/ydza8upj

Eden Roc Cap Cana unveils Luxury Oceanfront Pool Villas in the Dominican Republic

Four exclusive properties available from Relais & Châteaux’s Eden Roc Cap Cana

Each feature private pools overlooking the ocean, bespoke butlers and utter privacy  

Five-star Caribbean resort Eden Roc Cap Cana this month launches four brand-new, ocean-front pool villas, designed with intimacy, warmth and unique experiences in mind.

ScotHot returns to Glasgow with a sizzling schedule

ScotHot, Scotland’s leading trade event for the food, drink, hospitality and tourism industries, has announced a return to Glasgow in collaboration with Scottish Tourism Month.

Bestway Foundation UK donates £100,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Zameer Choudrey CBE SI Pk, Chief Executive of Bestway Group, presented a cheque for £100,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity), at Bestway Group’s Head Office in Park Royal on Tuesday 27th November.

Purified Air

Since 1984, Purified Air has been striving to find the best and most cost-effective way to filter and control the oil, smoke, grease and odour produced by commercial kitchens. 

Rosemary Water

We are living at a time when customers want more. More choice. More variety. More transparency. 

As food and drink offerings have become increasingly complex and interesting, consumers are seeking different flavours, new taste experiences and alternatives to the sugary drinks and mixers that have dominated the market.

Increase Dining Revenue by 30% with Outdoor Heating

Installing a Bromic heater can be a great investment for a business in the hospitality space. As the weather cools down an outdoor heated area can provide additional seating, increased revenue, and happier customers for a restaurant. Research has shown that outdoor seating can add as much as 30% in sales to an establishment’s receipts, so it is no wonder that outdoor seating is something a lot of businesses choose to invest in an outdoor heating solution.

GRAND HISTORIC HOTEL TO OPEN IN CENTRAL HELSINKI: SEARCH FOR LUXURY OPERATOR BEGINS

Two historic buildings will merge as one: Helsinki’s oldest hotel – Hotel Seurahuone and parts of New Student House

Grand new hotel will offer unique access to city centre, with unparalleled position for Helsinki’s transport links and attractions, opening as Finland experiences a tourism boom

Ring in the New Year at InterContinental London – The O2

This New Year’s Eve InterContinental London – The O2 is offering packages for guests to celebrate the new year with delicious food, Champagne, music and fireworks.

Restaurant and bar packages start from £75 per person, with options including Champagne,canapes and live music in the spectacular Eighteen Sky Bar, to tasting menu experiences at the award-winning Peninsula Restaurant. Alternatively, guests can choose to spend the night in the hotel’s Clipper Bar, with complimentary entry guests can enjoy cocktails and live music before the hotel’s fireworks display at midnight.