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    Gopuff taps Panera exec as new CFO

    Ted Stedem's addition to the ultrafast delivery company's C-suite comes a few months after it named a Pizza Hut alum to lead its Kitchen division. 

    By Brett Dworski • Aug. 15, 2022
  • A bank of windows below a red sign that says "Chipotle." A man stands in the background inside the restaurant.
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    Why Chipotle accelerated its software development cadence

    One philosophy is central to Chipotle's technology organization, CTO Curt Garner said: “We need to get 10% better every year.”

    By Roberto Torres • Aug. 12, 2022
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    Off-premise initiatives

    The pandemic has proven that off-premise operations, from takeout to drive-thru, are a vital part of the restaurant industry to keep revenue up and consumers returning.

    By Restaurant Dive staff
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    Square integrates with digital signage provider Raydiant

    The deal includes Raydiant’s self-service kiosks, digital menus and back-of-house tech, and is designed to boost engagement and simplify operations.

    By Alicia Kelso • Aug. 11, 2022
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    Picnic Works, Speedy Eats to deploy 5K automated drive-thrus

    The companies expect to roll out the automated stations, worth an estimated $800 million, in the U.S. throughout the next five years.

    By Alicia Kelso • Aug. 8, 2022
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    How restaurants can use direct mail to boost visits

    Rising costs may make you think to limit your marketing spend. Instead, seize the chance to drive response with guests.

    Aug. 8, 2022
  • Sponsored by Mood Media

    Turn every restaurant space into an experiential space

    Discover new ways to connect with guests in these important areas of your restaurant.

    Aug. 8, 2022
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    Uber launches pilot to deliver equipment to Chicago restaurants

    The partnership with foodservice equipment distributor Parts Town will provide two-hour delivery to operators and service technicians. 

    By Alicia Kelso • Aug. 4, 2022
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    TGI Fridays expands C3 partnership with new virtual brands

    TGI Fridays’ test phase, which began with a rollout of Krispy Rice in select markets last fall, generated up to $1 million in sales per restaurant.

    By Alicia Kelso • Aug. 3, 2022
  • A Flytrex drone can carry up to 6.6 pounds and make five-mile round trips, according to the company’s website.
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    Flytrex expands delivery radius to service 100K customers

    The drone delivery firm, which flies orders from restaurants and retailers, received FAA approval to expand its radius from one to two nautical miles from its operating stations in North Carolina and Texas. 

    By July 28, 2022
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    Waitr strikes exclusive partnership with New York Giants, New York Jets

    The delivery firm, which is rebranding as ASAP, will provide in-stadium mobile ordering during home games, concerts and events at MetLife Stadium.

    By July 27, 2022
  • Three side-by-side images of smartphone screens showing grocery e-commerce features, like a barcode scanning tool.
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    Uber is looking to change its ‘frustrating’ US grocery experience

    After a rough launch with Cornershop two years ago, Uber is aiming to course-correct by adding new features on Eats for customers, workers and retailers.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • July 27, 2022
  • Jamba by Blendid kiosk at the Walmart in Dixon, California
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    Jamba by Blendid expands to UCLA

    The University of California Los Angeles marks the third college campus to open a Jamba by Blendid kiosk this year, and fifth overall for Blendid. 

    By Alicia Kelso • July 26, 2022
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    McDonald’s CEO: Robots aren’t practical in vast majority of restaurants

    Though 10% labor inflation and staffing levels are challenging the chain, CEO Chris Kempczinski said automation won’t be a “silver bullet” solution. 

    By July 26, 2022
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    Kitchen United secures $100M

    The firm plans to grow from 15 locations to over 500 using malls, shopping centers and supermarkets operated by new investors, Business Insider reports.

    By July 25, 2022
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    Lunchbox reportedly lays off 60 employees

    The job cuts reduced the restaurant tech firm’s staff, including engineering and technology roles, to 120 workers, Business Insider reports.

    By July 22, 2022
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    Reef Technology's expansion

    Reef opens virtual food hall at Raleigh-Durham airport

    The ghost kitchen platform plans to offer delivery to travelers at gates throughout the airport as part of its first foray into airport foodservice. 

    By July 21, 2022
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    Piestro and Capriotti's pilot automated pizzeria in Las Vegas

    The sandwich chain plans to buy up to 100 Piestro Pods in the five years following the pilot, and to incorporate the pods in future store layouts. 

    By July 21, 2022
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    Chipotle invests in kitchen automation platform Hyphen

    The tech firm and mushroom-based protein company Meati are the first recipients of Chipotle’s venture fund Cultivate Next.

    By July 21, 2022
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    Jamba by Blendid to open in Love's Travel Shops

    The robotic smoothie maker will first pilot in a Love’s Travel Shop in Williams, California, with additional locations and kiosk operations to be announced.

    By July 19, 2022
  • An Arby's location featuring a double drive-thru operated by Kang Foods LLC in Oroville, California in the summer of 2022.
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    Arby's franchisee opens double drive-thru unit

    Kang Foods LLC, a franchise group in Northern California, said the restaurant is one of a small number of such models in the chain’s system.

    By July 18, 2022
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    ChowNow lays off almost 100 employees

    The company, which helps restaurants create digital ordering storefronts across multiple social platforms, said the job cuts will ensure long-term stability.

    By July 15, 2022
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    C3 lands more capital to expand further into hotels, stadiums

    The virtual restaurant company, which secured $80 million in funding last summer and $10 million in October, said the capital will also allow it to grow into new cities and suburbs.

    By Alicia Kelso • July 13, 2022
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    Nextbite faces second round of layoffs

    Nextbite is laying off an undisclosed number of employees following an earlier round of job cuts in April, when the company shed less than 10% of its staff.

    By Alicia Kelso • July 11, 2022
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    Burger King hires new chief digital officer

    Thibault Roux, who held digital leadership roles at Optum, UnitedHealthcare and Target, will guide the chain’s digital strategy on the guest experience. 

    By July 11, 2022
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    Latent loyalty: How restaurants can improve customer retention and profits through a digital-first loyalty program

    Restaurants need the right partners to help them identify customers offering them promotions that lead to increased loyalty.

    July 11, 2022