The future of ATMs in pubs and clubs
The role of the ATM is changing with society’s diminished requirement for cash, and the increase in the use of mobile and digital payments. As a result, worldwide innovation is occurring, changing the face of the ATM. However, how ATMs develop in pubs and clubs could differ.
There are signs that modern venues are becoming one stop entertainment and lifestyle destinations, with sporting facilities, entertainment offerings, bars and restaurants, and shopping as well as gaming.
Could it be that ATMs in pubs and clubs evolve to serve a broader purpose than just cash access?
As digital payments become more commonplace right across the globe, there is some speculation that cash will disappear from society as soon as 2025.
The RBA states that Australian consumers are using electronic payments in preference to cash for many transactions, however, it looks as though there will still be a role for cash in the future, albeit a niche one.
So what does this trend mean for the future of ATMs?Read more...
Ainsworth Appoints Lawrence Levy as Chief Executive Officer
Lawrence Levy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ainsworth Game Technology Limited on 1 July, 2019 subject to necessary regulatory approvals.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Levy has held senior positions within the gaming industry over a successful career spanning 37 years. His industry experience comprises of all areas in casino operations, sales and management; living and working in 19 countries across Europe, North and East Africa, Latin America, ex-Russian states and now Australia. Most recently, he held the position of Vice President Global Sales for Novomatic AG Austria.
Commenting on his appointment, Ainsworth CEO, Mr Lawrence Levy said “I am both delighted and motivated to be given the opportunity to guide Ainsworth, a world-renowned provider of gaming technology, into its next phase of development. The legacy that Len Ainsworth and Danny Gladstone built is a great platform for me to start from. I am confident that my years in this industry, both as operator and supplier, will serve to support the innovations and developments needed to further grow our market share worldwide.”Read more...
A series of unfortunate circumstances
For some months now we have seen data published that reflects a growing hotel gaming market and a contracting club gaming market. Other data suggests that the net position of the clubs overall is almost neutral. The harsh reality of the neutral club growth net position is that clubs with revenue growth are effectively taking market share from other clubs.
We have also been reporting observations of changing participation in gaming through our Inflection Point articles where Terry O’Halloran is analysed participation rates of various market segments. That insight shows an alarming decline in participation in the core club gaming market in the 50 to 69 year age group with an increasing reliance on the over 70 demographic. This is a reflection of ageing population not being supplemented with younger people participating in club gaming activities.Read more...
Beer line cleaning best practice - what's best?
How well do current beer line cleaning best practices stack up? Are these best practices due for review?
Every publican knows that a clean beer system, with proper procedures in place, is a requirement to serve great beer. The general thinking is a weekly or fortnightly line clean is the only way to go, and these ‘best practices’ have been drummed in to the minds of cellar managers everywhere for decades.
But just how well do these practices stack up? With preventative technologies and new ways to maintain your beer system, is a change of best practice needed?Read more...
Trekking Kokoda to raise funds for Mental Health Awareness
Having been an employee of Club Plus for nearly 6 years and being fortunate enough to be involved with clubs across the state that have supported so many great causes, I have reflected on what ways I could make a contribution.
The synergies between what Club Plus offers with income protection to staff, the fantastic work clubs do for those less fortunate, my resolve to play some part and the relentless work and contribution our ADF personnel make has led me to take on what is said to be a massive mental and physical challenge, The Kokoda Trek. Through the RSL & Services Clubs Association's Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge, I will head off to Kokoda and spend 10 days experiencing a small part of what our diggers lived through for nearly 4 months in 1942 at a cost of over 2,000 Australian lives and more than 3,000 injured.Read more...
ST MARYS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB WINS BIG WITH MAXIMILLION$
On April 25th, 2019, a lucky punter at St Mary Rugby League Club celebrated big by winning the MAXIMILLION$ jackpot. The regular member of the club won close to $930,000 making them the second jackpot winner in the new Statewide Link Jackpot, MAXIMILLION$.
Being Anzac Day, more patrons than normal were in the club to share the excitement of the huge win.
“It was such a thrill to experience the second jackpot win, this time at our venue. It created a lot of excitement, not just with our staff, but other members in the club. This is the jackpot the industry has been waiting for. Congratulations to everyone at MAX on a great achievement,” said Stewart Graham, Chief Operating Officer of St Mary Rugby League Club.Read more...
Clubs excel at Community Engagement, need to work on purpose and threats
It’s clear from the National Conference that community engagement is already a strength for many clubs. More than a strong point, it’s being leveraged as a competitive advantage.
A driving motive for community engagement should be the idea of social licence to operate. That’s the informal “license” granted to an organisation by various stakeholders who may be affected by the organisation’s activities.
As argued in my presentation to the conference, community engagement is a necessity if you are to maintain your club’s social licence to operate. And to engage your community most effectively, it should be done by conveying your club’s core purpose. Whether your strength is in veterans’ welfare, a central hub for community groups, a cherished asset for older community members or all of these things. Whatever your core purpose, know it, sharpen it and live by it.
Parramatta’s new purpose-built hospitality venue
Parramatta in Sydney’s western suburbs boasts the second largest economy in NSW and the City of Parramatta is fast becoming Sydney’s alternative CBD. An increasing number of businesses, students and residents are choosing to settle in the suburb and the forecast population is set to rise over the next 20 years by 150 percent. To the people currently residing in Parramatta this comes as no surprise, they have known for a while that Parramatta is a great place to live, work, and play.
One Club ensuring that it remains not just relevant, but an integral part of this future growth is Parramatta RSL. Following the amalgamation with Castle Hill RSL in 2008, a long-term strategic plan was developed for the current club site and it was decided the best option was to demolish and rebuild the old facility, replacing it with a purpose-built hospitality and leisure venue, one that would service the needs of the membership and wider community.Read more...
Mandatory Licensee & Advanced Licensee Training Courses Now available through Barringtons
On 1 September 2018, the NSW Liquor Regulation 2008 was replaced with the NSW Liquor Regulation 2018. This legislative change means that the club industry is required to obtain mandatory licensee training through Liquor & Gaming NSW approved courses.
The Licensee and Advanced Licensee training courses are for licensees, approved managers and club secretaries, so they are better prepared for the challenges of operating a venue, while ensuring a vibrant and safe hospitality environment. Advanced Licensee training is an additional course for those who may operate a business in a higher risk environment, such as venues authorised to trade after midnight.
Ingleburn RSL’s striking new look gets a big thumbs-up
Ingleburn RSL’s $1.5 million upgrade has been unveiled and members have given the refurbishments a big tick.
The club now boasts a completely refurbished Restaurant and Café along with revamps to the bar and front foyer. The new décor also includes new carpet and tiling, improved lighting, furnishings and colour schemes as part of the fitout.
Club CEO, Glenn Cushion said the club was excited to offer members and visitors contemporary, fresh facilities that create a family-friendly and relaxed environment.Read more...