NRA Show 2017 Recap

For the second year in a row, Team Harri was thrilled to be an exhibitor at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, the largest annual gathering of the restaurant, food service, and hospitality industry!

The NRA Show offers more than 65,000 restaurant and hospitality professionals from around the world a taste of the next big trends in the industry.

Here are Harri’s highlights from this year’s event, which took place at the McCormick Center in Chicago May 20-23:


Helping the Hospitality Industry

 Over the course of 4 days, we heard a lot of questions—everything from, “How can I control my labor costs in real time?” to, “When is someone going to create a platform that does it all?!”

The goods news? We're actively working on all of the above!

Our tech-savvy booth allowed us to dive deep into an individual’s issues and show them exactly how our groundbreaking products could help their business.

(Click here if you're interested in scheduling a demo!)

Folks who stopped by our booth loved test-driving TeamHub, Harri’s brand new cutting-edge tool that helps hospitality managers track employee time precisely, streamline the payroll process, plus monitor and optimize workplace culture.

In particular, our biometric facial recognition tool was a big hit! This amazing tool has the ability to recognize staff and functions as a digital punch clock, thereby eliminating wage miscalculations. 

We’re so proud of the innovations we’ve made in the past year—from perfecting our Source + Hire platform to launching the hospitality industry’s premiere scheduling resource, TeamLive—and we’re already excited to unveil even bigger things and meet even more people at NRA 2018!   

Powerful Partnerships

It’s becoming increasingly common for brands in the hospitality space to partner together in order to provide more tailored solutions for the industry. If you were at the show, you may have noticed many amazing brands who teamed up – including Harri and Upserve!  

We recently announced our own partnership with Upserve, the industry's leading full-service Restaurant Management Platform. Upserve manages $11 billion in annual transaction volume, making it the largest provider of cloud-based point of sale and analytics for the independent restaurant industry.

Did you know that restaurant staff composes 10% of the American workforce? We’re thrilled to join Upserve's workforce management program, which is instrumental to recruiting, training, and scheduling the talent that is the driving force behind the amazing hospitality industry.

Plus, we had the pleasure of co-hosting a fun happy hour with our friends at Upserve at the RM Champagne Salon. We’re all about ‘Happiness in Hospitality,’ after all!

Millennial-Minded Tools

Technology is becoming increasingly important for the hospitality industry to drive business, help retain employees, and boost job satisfaction. Many of these tools target Millennials, who are expected to comprise half of the workforce by 2020.

Harri spotted some cool companies, such as Sprinklr, who are working to help the hospitality industry manage and reap the benefits of social media outreach.

(P.S. – we’re on social media, too!)

Tech Talk  

Tech companies were responsible for generating the biggest buzz at this year's show - booths of companies like Mopro, Toast, and OpenTable attracted the most visitors. (Of course, we have to brag on ourselves for being another hospitality tech company attracting a lot of attention!)

Food & Fun

 Chicago has a reputation as a fantastic city for foodies, and Team Harri was not disappointed! From sampling food and beverage trends at the show to checking out local hotspots like Girl and the Goat and RM Champagne Salon, the team enjoying taking in all Chicago had to offer before heading back to the Big Apple.

Though the NRA Show ended on May 23, we’re already excited for next year’s NRA Show—bring on 2018!