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 »

Predictions Fast Casual QSR — Food, Beverage and Design by NRN

Nations Restaurant News is pretty good at this sort thing. 2021 Predictions Excerpt: New prototypes, the emergence of consumer-packaged goods, the new food hall and more trends Nation’s Restaurant News’ editors predict for the new year Expect to see more technology supporting touch-free interactions, even more expansion of virtual brands and off-premise sales, consumer-packaged goods coming from more… Read More »

Self-driving Mail Delivery Robot on the Streets of Tokyo

News link Jan2021 Excerpt: The prototype can carry packages weighing up to 30 kilograms, and travel at a speed of 6 kilometers per hour, slightly faster than walking pace. Built-in cameras and sensors enable the robot to wait at red lights and avoid pedestrians and cars. The ongoing trials aim to determine if the robot can be safely… Read More »

Drive-Thru Comes To Applebee’s – Off-Premise Dining Continues to Increase

NRN Weighs in on Applebee’s Testing New Drive-Thru Capability for Restaurants Excerpt: A Texas franchisee is evaluating how the addition of a drive-thru pickup window could impact off-premise service for the casual-dining brand — Mark Hamstra | Jan 04, 2021 “We look forward to assessing the performance of this installation, understanding feedback from our guests and operators, as well as… Read More »

PCI Compliance Self-Service Kiosks Announcements

PCI Compliance for self service kiosks announcement on PRNewswire KIosk Manufacturer Logo WESTMINSTER, Colo., Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA), the leading unattended self-service kiosk association established in 1995, today announced the launch of new initiatives in the PCI Compliance space for unattended self-service kiosks. Those initiatives include providing content for the PCI Perspectives Blog, creating a… Read More »

Sweetgreen Drive Thru Goes Solar and Multi-Channel, and then there are Ghost Kitchens…

Sweetgreen Drive Thru Goes Solar From NRN – The fast-casual salad’s first drive-thru in Highlands Ranch, Colo., will have a concierge for in-car ordering and a digital pickup lane. Joanna Fantozzi | Dec 16, 2020 Excerpt: Sweetgreen’s first drive-thru will have multiple tech-optimized features including a concierge for in-car ordering, a lane specifically designated for digital pickup orders, and digital… Read More »