Several companies have come up with technology solutions for pubs and other venues for when re-opening takes place. Here’s a selection from the Beer Today inbox

BCH Digital has launched My Round, an SMS messaging service, that will cut down queues when ordering, limiting the risk of breaking social distancing rules.

For £1 a day, pubs signed up to the service will be allocated a unique mobile ordering number, which customers can text upon arrival, to order drinks or food. Orders are sent directly to staff to fulfil, and punters can then collect their orders at a safe distance from staff, and other customers. My Round is fully GDPR compliant system, satisfying the latest government requirements for track and trace.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and SafetyCulture have developed an app that digitises a list of pub protocols that will help employees to carry out the essential risk assessments needed to re-open from 4th July.

The app equips pubs with simple checklists and is not only available to the BBPA’s 20,000 members, but is free of charge for any pub in the UK. Completing the risk assessment using iAuditor will be essential for businesses to obtain We’re Good to Go status — a new UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark for tourism, launched by Visit Britain. iAuditor is the BBPA-recommended app to do this.

Measures that businesses can assess with the app range from considering cashless payments and social distancing restrictions within the premises, to revising cleaning regimes for kitchens. The app is available at safetyculture.com/bbpa-partnership/.

Scottish hospitality start-up Stampede has announced a secure, contactless service to help pubs, bars, and restaurants collect customer data. The Stampede service allows customers to share their details securely with their smartphone, as well as allowing venues to track and timestamp new visitors.

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Photograph: Unplash/John Tuesday

Start-up CheckMeIn has created a simple contact tracer for landlords and their guests. It manages the data and associated risks on behalf of the landlord, which means they can focus on getting back to business.

A guest scans a code that is unique to the venue. CheckMeIn sends the guest a text with a secret message that can be used to verify the check-in prior to entering the pub or making a purchase. 

Ubamarket’s hospitality app offers a range of features including remote ordering, in-app payments, and personalised discounts, enabling all hospitality venues to offer a high quality of service and a revitalised customer experience, while maintaining Coronavirus hygiene and safety guidelines.

The app also provides vital support for the track and trace scheme, as customers will provide contact details upon downloading and installing the app. 

British entrepreneur William Wright has founded Yocaapp, a pre-ordering app for the hospitality trade. His app has already helped cafes make money during the lockdown via pre-ordering services.

It can be set up in under ten minutes and, unlike other some other apps, works for both iOS and Android, with Apple Pay and Google Pay built in.

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