Category Archives: Automation

QR Codes And Restaurant Customers Repeat Visits + Pandemic Energizes QR Codes

QR Code Repeat Visits + Pandemic Energizes QR Codes February 2021 article from — Excerpt: QR codes have become more commonplace than ever as the pandemic continues, with one study last year finding that roughly 11 million United States households were expected to scan QR codes by the end of 2020. Consumers most commonly used QR codes for contactless… Read More »

UV Disinfection Robot in Workplace Piloted by Ahold Delhaize (Food Lion, Giant Food, Hannaford, Stop&Shop & Peapod)

Automated Retail UV Disinfection Robots Full article on ProgressiveGrocer Jan 2021 — Retail Business Services (RBS), the services company of grocery Ahold Delhaize USA, has launched a pilot of UV disinfection robots from Ava Robotics in two of its affiliated distribution centers to aid in enhanced cleaning procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahold Delhaize USA, a division of… Read More »

Automated Pickup Kiosks Albertsons BOPIS Variant

Automated Pickup Kiosks Albertsons From GroceryDive Jan2021 Dive Brief: Albertsons has installed an automated kiosk at a Jewel-Osco store in Chicago, the grocer announced Thursday, and plans to install another kiosk at a Safeway store in San Francisco in the near future. The kiosks, which are manufactured by Estonia-based Cleveron, hold products in two temperature zones — regular and… Read More »

Robot Kitchen Adds In-House Delivery

With Off-Prem in Mind, Spyce Relaunches Concept Hospitality Tech — By Anna Wolfe, Senior Editor – Restaurants – 11/10/2020 Excerpt: Spyce, a robotic kitchen that came on the scene in 2018, is reopening today in Boston. The concept has been redesigned with off-premises in mind. “… We’ve reinvented the way we cook and how customers can truly personalize their meals.… Read More »

Pizza Automation Option – Basil Street Pizza

See website — An autonomous pizza baking machine that cooks a thin crust brick-oven style 10″ pizza in 3 minutes for around $10 reducing exposure and risk with touchless baking and tap and swipe payment! The coolness factor is off the charts! Fast kitchen goes instant kitchen with new pizza automation machine. These solutions pop up periodically. This… Read More »

Temperature Check Kiosks

Temperature Taking Kiosks Having digital signage kiosk to take temperature has seen a lot of interest recently.  It could be one strategy for re-opening business and assuring customers of safety. Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Co., is pondering what such a future would look like. Perhaps, he suggests, it would look like testing the temperatures of all… Read More »

Automation Boom Robots Thanks To Covid-19?

From April 2020 Excerpt: The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the world into uncharted territory — and in some industries, that’s leading to an automation boom. More than 6.6 million people filed for unemployment in the U.S. last week. Experts estimate 10 million are out of work. Already, automation is filling some of the gaps. But when the dust settles, will robots… Read More »

Amazon will start selling cashierless Go

From The Verge March 2020 Amazon will start selling the technology behind its cashierless Amazon Go stores to other retailers, according to Reuters. Amazon reportedly has “several” retailers already signed up to use the system, which is being marketed as Just Walk Out technology by Amazon. Amazon’s website for the service invites other retailers to make inquiries. Amazon’s… Read More »

Casino Automation – Automated Cocktail Drink Dispensers

Reported on Vital Vegas Feb 20202 MGM Resorts testing automated beverage dispenser in casino.  It appears to be situated in service area so it would actually be operated by employees. The bartender remains.  It’ll be awhile before conversational AI (and customer charge method) are developed.   While everyone involved with the roll-out of drink dispensing machines have been… Read More »