TransAct’s Revolutionary BOHA!™ Ecosystem of Back-of-House Automation Solutions to Make Industry Debut at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago
BOHA!™ Cloud Services and Apps Provide Comprehensive Functionality to
Address Array of Key Restaurant and Foodservice Industry Back-of-House
HAMDEN, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TransAct® Technologies Incorporated (Nasdaq: TACT)
(“TransAct” or “the Company”), a global leader in software-driven
technology and printing solutions for high-growth markets, announced
today that it will debut BOHA!™,
its comprehensive ecosystem of cloud-based SaaS apps and hardware
solutions for restaurant and food service companies’ back-of-house
operations, at the National Restaurant Association Show (“NRA 2019”) on
May 18-21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. BOHA! is the industry’s first
single-vendor solution to combine applications for Inventory Management,
Temperature Monitoring of Food and Equipment, Timers, Food Safety
Labeling, Food Recalls, Checklists & Procedures, Equipment Service
Management and Delivery Management in a single platform. NRA 2019
attendees visiting TransAct’s booth (#6657) at McCormick Place will see
how BOHA! effortlessly combines cloud-based SaaS applications with
hardware and accessories to deliver superior results for critical
Bart C. Shuldman, Chairman and CEO of TransAct Technologies, said,
“Since the launch of our new BOHA! ecosystem in late March, we have seen
rapidly growing customer interest and a very positive industry response
to our compelling suite of integrated SaaS-based software applications
and hardware solutions that help restaurant and foodservice operators
automate their back-of-house operations. Now we turn our attention to
the all-important National Restaurant Association Show where we will
engage directly with industry participants and potential customers of
all sizes in what is our largest-ever booth. Located in the heart of the
North Hall’s TECH Pavilion, the TransAct showcase (#6657) will be a hub
of activity as our purpose-built hardware, full suite of software and
complete array of label offerings are on display for the industry for
the first time. Visitors will experience individual demonstrations of
each of the ten BOHA! SaaS-based apps and each of our purpose-built
BOHA! hardware offerings. These demonstrations will highlight how our
software and hardware solutions combine to form the industry’s first
single-vendor suite of integrated software applications and hardware
solutions to automate their back-of-house operations.
“We believe this is an ideal time to bring BOHA! to market. Restaurant
and food service companies are facing rising food and labor costs which
have led them to re-think each area of their business. BOHA! is an ideal
way for restaurant and foodservice operators to use automation and
reduce tasks in the back-of-house to thereby help increase efficiency
and lower costs. Its intuitive software interface is designed to reduce
training time and make it easy for kitchen and other staff to properly
implement its operations into their daily workflows. In addition,
BOHA!’s single platform, single portal solution provides the highest
level of relevant features and functionality while eliminating the
complexity of managing multiple software and hardware products from
BOHA! SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS
The BOHA! ecosystem features the following SaaS-based apps and
BOHA! Inventory: BOHA! Inventory provides the fastest and most
accurate way to manage restaurant and foodservice inventory. BOHA!
Inventory is a complete inventory management solution that allows any
restaurant employee, not just managers, to enter inventory counts by
scanning barcodes, tapping through a list, or using voice recognition.
BOHA! Inventory users can also submit new food orders through the app
which builds a “suggested” re-order based on previous usage data.
Receiving is also simplified as BOHA! Inventory links distributor
invoices to purchase orders and manages quality complaints,
eliminating the need to call or manually submit information. BOHA!
Inventory works on the BOHA! Handheld.
BOHA! Temp: BOHA! Temp improves HACCP compliance and restaurant
brand standards by effortlessly walking employees through each step of
the required food temperature taking process. If an item is measured
out of its specified temperature range, the app walks the employee
through the necessary corrective action steps. BOHA! Temp also creates
daily and weekly logs that can be provided to internal auditors or
health inspectors. BOHA! Temp works on the BOHA! Handheld and is
integrated with industry-leading Bluetooth temperature probes.
BOHA! Sense: BOHA! Sense uses BOHA! Sensor IoT devices
installed inside refrigerators, freezers and walk-ins to monitor
temperatures in real time. BOHA! Sensors connect via LoRa (Long Range)
technology to transmit signals through walk-in refrigerators and
freezers to the BOHA! Gateway which then delivers temperature readings
to the cloud. When temperatures are measured out of range, BOHA! Sense
alerts users via messages on the BOHA! Handheld and via text and email
alerts. BOHA! Sense works on the BOHA! Handheld.
BOHA! Checklist: BOHA! Checklist efficiently manages the
scheduling of tasks – from opening and closing procedures to daily and
monthly preventative maintenance tasks and much more – and tracks
progress, ensuring the work is completed. BOHA! Checklist is supported
on the BOHA! Terminal as well as on Android and iOS tablets.
BOHA! Food Prep: BOHA! Food Prep calculates how much food to
prep each day based on sales and inventory metrics. The app offers
step-by-step prep instructions for each ingredient, including
how-to-videos and associated documentation, directly on the BOHA!
Terminal and allows users to print date code labels.
BOHA! Labeling: TransAct’s offering for food safety and grab ‘n
go labeling on the BOHA! Terminal has been fully re-developed as BOHA!
Labeling. BOHA! Labeling allows restaurant and foodservice operators
to put their menu and label designs in the cloud for easy set-up and
review and to ensure compliance with company standards. Updates made
in the BOHA! cloud can be delivered to BOHA! Terminals in real time.
BOHA! Labeling can be combined with Media Library to give employees
access to training materials, recipe cards, how-to videos, plating
instructions and much more.
BOHA! Food Recall: BOHA! Food Recall fully automates the food
recall and withdrawal process, ensuring increased
compliance. Restaurants are instantly alerted if they are carrying
affected product and employees are given instructions on how to
proceed, automating workflows as well as delivering talking points on
the recall for use with customers. BOHA! Food Recall also delivers
alerts and notifications via e-mail and text messages.
BOHA! Service: Managing service and warranties for restaurant
equipment can be trying for even the best operators. With BOHA!
Service, operators can request equipment maintenance and receive,
edit, approve and pay for service from approved service providers, all
within the app. Service records are tracked in a blockchain network
for the life of the equipment. BOHA! Service works on the BOHA!
BOHA! Delivery: BOHA! Delivery is a powerful tool for
restaurant operators that want to eliminate the need for multiple
tablets and printers when using multiple online ordering systems.
BOHA! Delivery will aggregate delivery orders on the BOHA! Terminal
and allow for printing of work order labels to properly stage and
prepare customer orders as well as tamper-proof labels that ensure
customers receive their orders without interference from drivers or
BOHA! Timer: The newest addition to the BOHA! app lineup, BOHA!
Timer automates timed functions by creating easy-to-use timers for
cooked, cooled and prepped food items, as well as for non-food items
or tasks that require time tracking. The app can also alert employees
to temp items during a cool down process or for miscellaneous items
such as sanitizer or cleaning products and features expired timers
that are loud enough to be heard in a busy kitchen. BOHA! Timer
integrates with BOHA! Temp and works on the BOHA! Tablet and BOHA!
BOHA! HARDWARE SOLUTIONS
The BOHA! ecosystem features the following hardware solutions:
BOHA! Terminal: BOHA! Terminal is purpose-built to
revolutionize how kitchen staff prepare and label food and grab ‘n go
items. It features two label printers and a large touch-screen for
displaying graphics and videos for recipe cards, plating instructions
and other training and onboarding materials. BOHA! Terminal includes
TEMS (TransAct Enterprise Management System™) to ensure only approved
apps and functions are available on the device. TEMS also allows
TransAct to deliver over-the-air app, operating system and security
updates directly to each BOHA! Terminal.
BOHA! Handheld: BOHA! Handheld is a powerful, rugged mobile
device, specifically developed for use in restaurant and food service
kitchens. Water and food particles are the fact of life in kitchens
and IP67 compliance ensures the BOHA! Handheld performs day in and day
out. BOHA! Handheld is equipped with an extended battery to
accommodate even the longest shifts. Its integrated infrared scanner
also allows for use with the BOHA! Inventory app.
BOHA! Sensor and BOHA! Gateway: BOHA! Sensor monitors the
temperature inside refrigerators, and freezers and walk-in equipment
as well as dry storage areas. BOHA! Sensor uses LoRaWAN signal
technology, which allows for signals to communicate through metal, to
ensure that temperature readings are delivered in real time to the
BOHA! Gateway. BOHA! Gateway is the hub that aggregates temperature
readings from all BOHA! Sensors and sends the data to the cloud.
TransAct will also demonstrate at the 2019 National Restaurant
Association Show a critical component to the BOHA! ecosystem, the
Company’s full lineup of TransAct Labels which are specifically
designed to work with the thermal printers featured in the BOHA!
Terminal. TransAct Labels are FDA-compliant and engineered for
high-quality printing, making them perfectly suited for the rigors of
the commercial kitchen and well equipped to reduce the threat of paper
jams. TransAct Labels are available in four adhesive types which cover
all kitchen labeling needs – permanent, removable, removable film and
dissolvable – and offer a wide variety of sizes.
Mr. Shuldman concluded, “Our entire BOHA! team has been focused on
developing what we believe to be the industry’s most revolutionary
solution for managing critical back-of-house operations. This is an
exciting time for TransAct and the industry as we bring result of our
efforts to Chicago where we can engage with restaurant and foodservice
operators of all sizes as we demonstrate how BOHA! can deliver clear and
measurable improvements to their bottom line while greatly enhancing
employees’ ability to take the customer experience to a whole new level.
The 2019 NRA Show is an important milestone for our Company and we are
looking forward to speaking with current and prospective customers
alike. Our team is also looking forward to showcasing our commitment to
service as we become key partners and our solutions become a vital part
of our customers’ day-to-day business operations.”
For more information on the Company’s BOHA! ecosystem, please visit www.transact-tech.com/restaurant-solutions/boha
About TransAct Technologies Incorporated
TransAct Technologies Incorporated is a global leader in developing
software-driven technology and printing solutions for high-growth
markets including restaurant solutions, POS automation, casino and
gaming, lottery, and oil and gas. The Company’s solutions are designed
from the ground up based on customer requirements and are sold under the
BOHA!™, AccuDate™, EPICENTRAL®, Epic®, Ithaca®
and Printrex® brands. TransAct has sold over 3.3 million
printers and terminals around the world and is committed to providing
world-class service, spare parts and accessories to support its
installed product base. Through the TransAct Services Group, the Company
also provides customers with a complete range of supplies and consumable
items both online at http://www.transactsupplies.com
and through its direct sales team. TransAct is headquartered in Hamden,
CT. For more information, please visit http://www.transact-tech.com
or call (203) 859-6800.
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