Foodable's Annual Restaurant Technology Guide — the Inside Scoop on the Best Foodservice Tech Solutions

If you're hungry for food for thought, you'll get more than a "byte" with our latest interactive guide. Having trouble deciding on the best way to manage your team's schedules? Keeping track of ordering and receiving? Monitoring your inventory?  Or are you looking for the best LCDs for your menu boards, or maybe even a new POS system to cut down time customers crowd at the till?

Look no further than Foodable's annual Restaurant Technology Guide, brought to you by Zenreach.

 There's no doubt that technology is transforming the restaurant industry, from the way brands and operators handle their day-to-day tasks to changing consumer expectations on customer service and the dining experience. How can we keep up with the fast-paced, one-click speed of foodservice? How do we bridge the gap between tech-savvy guests and tech-savvy brands?

Through Foodable's interactive Restaurant Technology Guide, which also comes with a free, downloadable report that shares even more insights and data, we feature the best products and companies that have elevated the industry. More importantly, the ones that can revolutionize you and your restaurant. Based on data analyzed by Foodable Labs, these brands were ranked on a 300-point system, scored on the following metrics: operator sentiment, brand perception, and engagement.

About the Report

The annual Restaurant Technology Guide is powered by the industry's largest foodservice- and chef-focused social data analysis platform, the Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI), and Foodable Labs. Foodable Labs, through the RSMI, analyzes more than 167K restaurant and hospitality brands, 200K chefs, and over 220MM global restaurant consumers across 500K foodservice locations.

In this free report, along with access to our interactive guide, you will discover:

  • 2017 Restaurant Technology Predictions
  • Top 100 Restaurant Technology Companies Ranking
  • Editors' Choice Awards for the following categories: Social Media, Point of Sale, Online Services, Digital Signage, Marketing Solutions, Guest-Facing Tech, Back-Office Software, and Mobile
  • Top 10 Guest-Facing and Tabletop Tech Ranking
  • Top 10 Digital Marketing Solutions Ranking
  • Top 6 Back-Office Tech Ranking
  • Top 6 Pos Options Ranking
  • Best practices on making Wi-Fi work for your restaurant
  • Millennial trends on digitally-enhanced dining
  • And more!

Foodable Announces the First-Ever Annual Tech Guide for Foodservice Professionals

Foodable Announces the First-Ever Annual Tech Guide for Foodservice Professionals

Search “restaurant” in the App Store, and you’ll be met with more than 18K results. 

Mobile apps are just one small piece of the restaurant technology puzzle. Combine the ever-growing, ever-shifting technology landscape with the inevitably busy schedules of restaurant professionals, and it’s easy to understand why many operators are not utilizing the technologies that makes the most sense for their business.

Foodable’s Annual Technology Guide, premiering in late 2015, aims to fill this educational gap and solve this pain point. It will be the first-ever technology guide for the foodservice industry.

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Restaurant Technology Series- Digital Future

In this On Foodable Feature, brought to you by the Foodable Network, as part of our Restaurant Technology Series we sit down Lyle Bunn, Advisor at Bunn Co. and Jeff Pinc, Director of Food Service at Panasonic as they discuss the evolution of digital signage and the consumer's expectations of technology in the restaurant industry. Watch the full episode to see recent trends in digital equipment, placement, and integration with other platforms.

The Main Dish

In the Age of Information Overload, refinement is key. That was the thought behind The Main Dish - a quick compilation of the most bookmark-worthy links from the Foodable WebTV Network. Aside from our usual daily content, The Main Dish will serve a fresh batch of 5-10 handpicked pieces every Sunday from our editor of the most appetizing lists & literature that you may have missed.

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Diving Into Digital Signage: What's on Your Screens?

Diving Into Digital Signage: What's on Your Screens?

By Brandon Hull, Foodable Industry Expert

Advancements in interactive digital signage technology are opening the doors to what restaurants can do to engage on-premise guests. And we’re not just talking about sports bars here. 

You’ll remember when digital menu boards came about. It was the 1990s. Those screens weren’t so hot then — just a digital representation of what could have been printed and mounted on the wall. They evolved to slideshow-like screens of information, with photos that changed before your eyes. 

You may also recall when the first attempts at interactive digital signage emerged. It used to be a games-only experience – you could feature trivia and poker on a few of your TVs – if you were local sports bar and wanted that kind of crowd. Some of your ads could be interspersed throughout the programming to add a little branded flair, but that’s about it. 

It’s only been in the last five years that we’ve seen more creative versions of digital signage. And we’re starting see some really cool, guest-engaging stuff. 

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