Shiji Group and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (GFLA) announce partnership for economic development through tech-focused job growth in the South Florida region.
Hollywood, FL – Shiji Group, a leading global hospitality technology provider, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (GFLA), Broward County’s official partnership for economic development, announced the company is contributing to tech-focused job growth in the South Florida region with the addition of 70 new high-value tech jobs.
On Tuesday, February 18th, Shiji and GFLA commemorated the announcement during the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Shiji Group’s third corporate headquarters in the Americas, located in Hollywood, FL. The ceremony was attended by Commissioner Richard Blattner of Hollywood, FL, President and CEO of GFLA, Bob Swindell, Shiji America’s SVP, Dan Bell, COO of Shiji Distribution Solutions, Greg Berman , amongst others. The company’s growth is supported by the Alliance, the State of Florida and City of Hollywood.
Founded in 1998, Shiji quickly grew to become a leading global technology provider, empowering the hospitality industry in over 15,000 cities and 177 countries. When Shiji arrived in the Americas in 2016, it quickly became one of the fastest-growing hospitality technology companies in the US, with 57% of all hotels in the United States now utilizing Shiji technology, including 58% of the hotels in Miami, and almost two-thirds of the hotels in Orlando.
South Florida’s diverse and highly educated workforce, access to 10 major airports, and competitive tax and regulatory base, make it an ideal location for Shiji’s third corporate headquarters in the Americas. The partnership between GFLA and Shiji Group will bring more innovation, high-tech employment, and economic growth to the region. In expanding its local presence, Shiji will offer more support for its US and Florida customers, while simultaneously attracting more local talent in tech.
“The Alliance is thrilled to welcome Shiji to Hollywood and we’re glad the company has chosen to add 70 new high value tech jobs in Broward County,” said Bob Swindell, President & CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.
“We take great pride in being a city that is welcoming to innovative businesses by providing resources and opportunities to help them grow and prosper,” says Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy. “The fact that our city attracted one of hospitality's leading global technology companies in Shiji, is a true testament to our region as a thriving technology hub.”
Dan Bell, SVP of Shiji Group Americas, remarked, “We welcome the opportunity to partner with GFLA to help bring more technological and economic growth to South Florida. Shiji’s goal is to connect the global business of hospitality, and our Hollywood office will allow us to bring increased resources, R&D, sales, and customer support to both our local clients and the regional tech and hospitality communities.”
“With a thriving hospitality sector and talented hospitality and technology professionals, South Florida represents a unique opportunity for Shiji to be even more innovative and strengthen the level of service and support provided to our customers”, said Greg Berman, COO of Shiji Distribution Solutions.”
Shiji Group provides software solutions and services for the hospitality, food service, retail and entertainment industries, ranging from hotel management solutions, to food and beverage and retail systems, payment gateways, data management, online distribution and more.
Founded in 1998 as a network solutions provider for hotels, Shiji Group today comprises 4,000 employees in 70+ subsidiaries and brands, serving over 74,000 hotels, 200,000 restaurants and 400,000 retail outlets.
With the benefit of investment partners such as Alibaba, Shiji develops a network of cloud technology platforms that facilitate data exchange by connecting businesses vertically and horizontally across related industries. The importance of cross-industry integration to connect all levels of the supply chain, from guests, to distributors and suppliers of all types is a critical part of our mission. Our goal is to facilitate the transition to fully integrated systems for our clients through a network of platforms that communicate securely and easily so our clients can focus on their core competencies of serving their customers and guests. For more information, visit www.shijigroup.com.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (www.gflalliance.org) is Broward County, Florida’s official public/private partnership for economic development. Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County. Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research; small, minority- and women-owned business assistance; and serving as a liaison for workforce development between CareerSource Broward, educational institutions and the business community. To learn more, call 954-524-3113.