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The Rise of the Virtual Restaurant

According to NDP, restaurant delivery is growing fast. In fact, over the past four years, the segment has grown nearly 34 percent, which has many restaurants looking for creative ways to satisfy customers who prefer eating in to eating out. Enter the virtual restaurant. No, we’re not talking some strange virtual reality experience. We’re talking restaurants that exist to serve food strictly via delivery. And while some of these brands might be saving money on dining room real estate, they certainly aren’t cutting corners when it comes to producing top-quality dishes.

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.

Is McDonald's on the Fast Track to Reinventing Fast Food? 

There’s no denying that, to a certain extent, the once Big Mac of the food industry has become a small fry in the restaurant business. After a near 60 years of success as the king of QSRs, the consumer shift away from fast food and to healthier alternatives, coinciding with the rise of fast casual, has taken a big bite out of McDonald’s. But is McDonald’s making a comeback? And could technology be its driving force? 

How Colorado Aquaponics Is Changing the Food System

“The food system is out of balance,” says JD Sawyer, founder of Colorado Aquaponics, which houses an aquaponics farm known as Flourish Farms. “We’ve got to figure out a way to have higher quality foods using less resources, period, or it’s not gonna work."

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine Talks Tech

"This year is going to be the year of technology that changes our business, and I think it's going to be the paperless face," Robert Irvine, celebrity chef and host of Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible," said. But what other piece of technology does Irvine find influential in the industry? Check out this  "On Foodable Insight Series" episode!

 

How Are Restaurants Using Technology Today?

Farmigo is an online farmers market where users can find fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy products including unique cheeses, locally caught fish, day-of baked bread, and pantry items like granola and other snacks.


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Recently, a few (very few) restaurants have begun offering a fully automated, Jetson-like food experience (think eatsa). The futurism is pretty cool, but what does today’s workplace automation really look like?

Today’s Futurism

Most frequently adopted these days are self-order technologies, both at restaurant-provided kiosks and from guests’ mobile devices. Fast-casual restaurants like Panera, Starbucks, and others are providing guests with multiple service options, much like the banking industry has.

“At a bank, you can opt for traditional teller service, an ATM, a drive-thru, or online/mobile banking. Restaurants are doing the same by offering traditional counter service, ordering kiosks, touchscreen/video drive-thru, as well as online/mobile ordering. All orders are funneled to production for fulfilment and real-time inventory management,” explained Tommy Woycik, founder and president of Nextep Systems, whose tagline is “Order Food Faster.”

 

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