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!

Restaurant Tech Guide Preview: Rockbot and the Evolution of Guest-Facing Tech in Restaurants

Restaurant Tech Guide Preview: Rockbot and the Evolution of Guest-Facing Tech in Restaurants

America’s drug of choice comes in the form of a 6 oz., pocket-sized contraption filled with endless functions; a black hole of opportunity. Glued to our screens, hiding behind a roughly 5” display (depending on model), we have become mobile addicts, feeding our ego and time.

But we’re not here for an intervention; there’s a lot of positives when it comes to mobile usage — connecting people to each other as well as businesses, enhancing on-location experiences, and gaining knowledge through a bevy of information and media.

In fact, according to a Pew Research Center study centered around Mobile Usage in 2015, young smartphone owners increasingly use their devices to watch videos and listen to music. In “experience sampling” surveys, where smartphone owners were asked questions about their mobile usage twice a day for one week, 75 percent of young smartphone users “indicated using their phone to watch videos at least once over the study period, compared with 31 percent of those 50 and older.” It was also found that 64 percent of younger adults “used their phones at one time or another to listen to music or podcasts — a 43-point difference compared with the 21 percent of older users who did so.”

What does this mean for restaurants? 

Guest-facing mobile integration is key for an enhanced dining experience for younger generations such as Millennials and Gen Z. And since they’re the two largest generations to-date, eventual increased buying power is not far away, and marketing to these groups is instrumental for sustainable success.

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