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Sep 11, 2020
Aircharge+, ground‐breaking contactless interface, lets guests order directly from their smartphones
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept., 18, 2020 – Hissho Sushi, the country’s second‐largest sushi franchise is piloting an innovative program to help ensure guest safety, thanks to UK‐based tech company Aircharge. The program is the first of its kind inside the newest Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar in a Rogers’, Ark., Walmart.
Guests at the sit‐down restaurant use special table markers to order their favorite rolls and menu items directly from their smartphones without having to interact with the staff or touch reusable menus – a worry that 75% of diners wrestle with, according to a May survey by BentoBox. (Food&Wine) Health experts also warn against reusing menus.
“Hissho Sushi is seeing a gradual return of customers who feel comfortable enough to enjoy visiting restaurants again,” says Dan Beem, CEO of Hissho Sushi. “But we know we have to earn their trust ‐‐ they are very cautious about the safety of the establishments they visit. Hissho is doing everything we can to make guests feel safe, so they can enjoy our delicious, fresh rolls and feel confident coming back, whenever the craving for sushi hits.”
Guests order and pay for sushi on their smartphone
When guests sit down at their chosen table, they will notice a flat blue disk, branded with the Hissho Sushi logo and numbered by table or bar seat. These are the Aircharge+ digital table markers that direct users to a cloud hosted landing page where they can feedback directly into the point‐of‐sales system. The markers have an anti‐microbial finish and are waterproof so they can be wiped down with anti‐bacterial cleaning products.
A simple yet intuitive design directs users to scan the QR code or tap the integrated NFC tag. The QR code and NFC tag are uniquely programmed to recognise which table the user is located at, so all they have to do from here is decide what they would like to eat or drink and pay for their meal. In addition to this, Hissho Sushi has chosen to offer its customers access to the venue's WiFi, and an opportunity to leave feedback about their experience.
“Safety has always been a cornerstone of Aircharge. In keeping with our reputation for being innovative, we are proud to partner with Hissho to offer their customers a new safe, convenient and contactless way to order their favorite rolls and receive table service,” says Ryan Sanderson, Managing Director of Aircharge.
Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar in Arkansas is one of the first US‐based restaurants to use the Aircharge+ product. Another first? Rogers is famously known as the location of the first Walmart store opened by Sam Walton in 1962.
What is the Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar?
A sit‐down restaurant in a local grocery story, the Roger’s location is the second of its kind. The first opened in early 2020 in a Detroit Meijer. The concept provides a unique, one‐of‐a‐kind experience where shoppers can enjoy Hissho’s craveable sushi, and local craft beer while knocking out their weekly grocery run.
Sushi fans will find traditional favorites like California rolls and Krispy Krab, alongside Spicy Red Pepper and Crunchy Shrimp rolls for the more daring palates. Along with Hissho’s innovative sushi rolls, customers will also find a full menu carrying hot appetizers, including Asian chicken wings and Boom Boom Shrimp, Dim Sum and an everchanging list of craft beer on tap. The concept also includes a Healthy Morning Collection, carrying morning favorites like avocado toast, acai bowls and real fruit smoothies.
Aircharge, headquartered in Oxford, UK, is the worlds largest wireless charging network. Founded in 2013, Aircharge is present in over 5000 active locations across 55 different countries. Aircharge partners with household brands in food and beverage, hospitality, transport, retail, sporting events and education to allow user's to keep their devices topped up and order safely and confidently wherever they go.
About Hissho Sushi
Hissho Sushi, headquartered in Charlotte NC, is the second‐largest sushi franchise in the country and has regularly been recognized for their phenomenal growth and as a top employer by INC. Magazine, Smart CEO and the Charlotte Business Journal. Founded in 1998, Hissho Sushi has grown to nearly 2,000 locations in 42 states. Hissho Sushi partners with retailers in grocery, university, corporate services and healthcare facilities to ensure we’re offering freshly made sushi everywhere that our consumers work, live and play. Through its business, Hissho Sushi aspires to enrich lives, and to inspire all to be great and do good.
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