In this special edition of its 5 Things series, Food Management highlights five recent technological developments affecting the restaurant world.
Here’s your list for today:
- Robotic kitchen to create famous chef’s branded bowl creations
Start-up Nommi and the global food technology platform C3 are piloting a program through which the Nommi robotic kitchen produces dishes 24/7 from the brand menu of the famous chef’s Sa’Moto restaurant. Masaharu Morimoto. Capable of holding 330 bowls and lids before they need to be refilled, Nommi units can prepare multiple dishes in bowls simultaneously and store them in a secure sanitary locker that can hold up to 21 meals, ready to be picked up by the consumer via a code Unique QR.
“With Nommi, we are working to reinvent the restaurant experience by pairing AI with proven recipes and menus led by world-renowned C3 chefs,” said Sam Nazarian, Founder / CEO of C3. “In doing so, we take traditional concepts and make them new to an ever-changing restaurant industry.”
Read more: Robotic Kitchen Nommi Partners With Sam Nazarian And Its Leading Global Food Technology Platform C3
- Orders for “worker” robots accelerate
Total orders from North American companies for robotic “workers” soared to nearly 29,000 this year, a 37% increase over last year, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) trade group , which represents organizations working with robotics, artificial intelligence. (AI) and other technologies. In the third quarter alone, North American companies placed orders for 9,928 robots, marking the third highest quarter for orders recorded.
Read more: Companies order robots in record numbers due to labor shortages
- Voice units replace walkie-talkies for AT&T stadium f & b operator
Sports and entertainment catering company Legends Hospitality has formed a three-year partnership with voice communications platform Relay to deliver more than 400 handheld and voice-focused technology devices to stewards, senders from suites, to waiters, runners, barbacks, managers and supervisors. at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, providing cloud-based Slack-like communications and inventory management for nearly 300 points of sale and 350 onsite suites. Unlike traditional walkie talkies which are limited by range and repeaters, Relay operates over WiFi and 4G networks which allow users to stay in communication with their colleagues anywhere a traditional cell phone operates, while still being able to switch between different channels. to communicate with different groups or teams. Relay units also have GPS and 3D mapping capabilities that allow logistics to better dispatch personnel quickly through a cloud-connected dashboard, and a verification function that validates employees responsible for delivery or reception. of goods and services via automatic capture.
Read more: Legends Adds Relay To Power AT&T Stadium Operations
- Whitsons develops digital internal messaging system
FM Top 50 Whitsons Culinary Services has developed an in-house messaging system called Café Connections which he says is dramatically changing the way he connects with team members. The new platform integrates seamlessly with its existing systems while transforming simple data into eye-catching digital messages, and it maintains corporate branding and messaging while enabling level-level access. location that allows managers to create personalized messages for their own teams.
“This new technology is a cutting edge product that we have developed to replace traditional bulletin boards, memos and internal posters using a high impact visual messaging system,” said Kelly Friend, COO for Contract Management. “The goal of this background platform is to improve the dissemination of relevant and timely information. [and] is ideal for communicating real-time customer and customer information to our on-site teams, even to those without email access.
Read more: Whitsons is developing a new internal communication platform
- Fashion store replaces floor-standing stock with video wall screens
Further indication of how technology is changing the retail landscape, high-end fashion retailer Modivo said it has opened the world’s first fully automated ‘phygital’ retail store in Warsaw, Poland, with stock on the ground replaced by video walls that display the latest fashions. to customers, who can then browse the store’s catalog on tablets linked to the stock room. Once his selection has been made, a code is sent to his mobile device which can then be presented at the entrance to the dressing room, where his articles are then made available and where he can modify his selection, validate his order and collect it at a pick-up point where there is a charge.
“With consumer buying behavior already evolving online, Modivo’s vision was to bring the same speed, convenience and cost benefits to their physical stores,” comments Sales Director Mariusz Chludzinski of store, which is designed to operate 24/7.
Read more: “The world’s first fully automated warehouse” served by Philips screens
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