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    Virtual brand troubles are growing pains, not death rattle, experts say

    “We’re in the second inning of a nine-inning ballgame,” said Geoff Alexander, Wow Bao’s CEO and president.

    By Oct. 11, 2023
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    McDonald’s US CMO on brand’s first-party data transformation

    After years of struggling with the youth market, the chain has turned things around thanks to its loyalty program and more culturally impactful campaigns.

    By Peter Adams • Oct. 11, 2023
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    Virtual restaurants

    The pandemic's off-premise-only environment illustrated the potential virtual restaurants, from acting as a springboard for budding chefs to become restaurateurs to allowing established chains trial new menus. 

    By Restaurant Dive staff
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    Domino’s gives away ‘emergency pizza’ in latest rewards program push

    As federal student loan payments resume, the chain is expanding its recent campaign and giving away $1 million in free pizzas to borrowers in need.

    By Sara Karlovitch • Updated Oct. 25, 2023
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    Sponsored by DIRECTV for Business

    Prepare your restaurant for a winning sports season with the NFL Sunday Ticket from EverPass

    Keep your guests coming back week after week, season after season with DIRECTV FOR BUSINESS.

    Oct. 9, 2023
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    Domino’s, Microsoft partner to bring AI to restaurants, online ordering

    The two companies will work together to create technology with Azure OpenAI to help managers handle inventory, staff scheduling and customer experience, with the first iteration of the generative AI set to roll out by March.

    By Oct. 3, 2023
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    Chipotle, Hyphen begin testing automated makeline

    The technology-enabled makeline for salads and bowls could help Chipotle free up labor, as about 65% of its digital orders are for these meals, but questions remain about the machine’s food safety.

    By Oct. 3, 2023
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    Sponsored by CoverWallet

    Cyber hackers see your restaurant’s data as a buffet — here are 10 ways to stop them

    Cyber threats are becoming increasingly prominent in restaurants. This article reveals 10 crucial steps eateries must take to protect their secrets, data and profits in an ever-evolving cyber battleground.

    By Dan Wahl, Senior Manager of Restaurant Insurance Solutions at CoverWallet • Oct. 2, 2023
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    New data: How restaurant companies manage device technology

    Four ways restaurants are using modern solutions to manage their devices and one way they are way behind.

    Oct. 2, 2023
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    Sweetgreen adds in-store loyalty offer

    This rewards expansion could grow frequency among Sweetgreen customers, 50% of whom order on-premise.

    By Sept. 26, 2023
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    Slumping demand forces 2 California plant-based startups to close

    Hooray Foods and Nowadays, which both had restaurant clients, join a growing list of companies in the category that have gone out of business or scaled back their growth plans.

    By Elizabeth Flood • Sept. 25, 2023
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    Labor shortages and unattended technologies are changing the loyalty landscape

    Labor shortages and unattended tech are on the rise, causing restaurants to rethink loyalty.

    Sept. 25, 2023
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    White Castle adds in-app delivery with Uber Direct

    Menu items are available for the same price as dine-in, and customers pay a flat fee of $4.99 for delivery. 

    By Sept. 21, 2023
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    Uber adding AI tool and ‘virtual sales aisle’ to its app

    The planned updates to Uber Eats also include the addition of SNAP and healthcare benefits payments starting next year.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Sept. 20, 2023
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    Panera loyalty members can pre-program meals on app, order with swipe

    The order option is the chain’s latest tech enhancement launched this year, including Amazon Alexa ordering and an Amazon One palm scanner test. 

    By Sept. 20, 2023
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    Kitchen United promotes Atul Sood to CEO

    The ghost kitchen company remains focused on building a sustainable business model for decades to come, Sood said. 

    By Sept. 18, 2023
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    Why Donatos sees opportunity in automated vending machines

    The pizza chain’s forthcoming prototype is just one example of how this technology can be an innovative grab-and-go option, but challenges over the perception of quality persist.

    By Danielle McLean • Sept. 18, 2023
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    Papa Johns, Little Caesars take to the skies with Flytrex autonomous delivery

    Chains participating in the rollout will send orders to drones via a dropdown wire.

    By Sept. 14, 2023
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    Chick-fil-A tests robot servers

    A few of the chain's restaurants are using bots to deliver food to tables while staff still refill beverages and clean tables.

    By Sept. 8, 2023
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    Casey’s expands automated ordering technology

    The system, which the retailer has been testing for the past year, answers incoming phone calls, processes new orders and connects to Casey’s loyalty platform.

    By Brett Dworski • Sept. 8, 2023
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    Grubhub enhances customer insights with order frequency data

    Operators can view how often certain customers order from them and take action like running promotions to bolster return visits. 

    By Sept. 7, 2023
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    Whataburger opens first off-premise-only unit

    Whataburger's digital kitchen, which debuted in Austin this week, features external ordering kiosks, pickup lockers and a mobile pickup lane.

    By Updated Sept. 7, 2023
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    Toast CEO resigns

    Chris Comparato, who has been CEO since 2015, told the restaurant payments company’s board on Friday that he’ll exit his leadership posts on Jan. 1.

    By Caitlin Mullen • Sept. 5, 2023
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    Grubhub, Amazon team up on automated campus c-store

    Students at the Loyola University Maryland store will scan a QR code in the food delivery app to enter the frictionless shop and pay for items.

    By Jessica Loder • Aug. 31, 2023
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    DoorDash adds automated phone ordering for restaurants

    The system will answer all phone calls, offer recommendations for customers to add to orders and process orders through the restaurants’ point of sales. 

    By Aug. 28, 2023
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    Opinion

    Why AI is a key ingredient for success at Primanti Bros.

    The chain is simplifying and speeding up office processes by outsourcing tasks like sales and labor reporting to robotic process automation bots, writes Caitlin Stritmatter, director of financial planning and analysis at Primanti Bros.

    By Caitlin Stritmatter • Aug. 21, 2023