Tech & Mobile Insights
Move over Opentable, the reservation app Reserve is expanding. The app is already in Chicago, New York City, and the Tri-state area in Philly, but now foodies in Denver and Atlanta can use the app to make a reservation at some of the hottest restaurants in the city. Learn which restaurants have partnered with Reserve.
Caviar is a food ordering service for popular restaurants that was acquired in August of 2014 by Square, Inc., the business tools company famous for its point-of-sale software. What’s interesting about this platform is that it only features a hand-curated list of restaurant partners.
Every restaurant brand is trying to catch the attention of this elusive, distracted consumer, but some brands do this better than others. We take a closer look at the top three QSR brands on Foodable’s most recent National Top 25 Restaurants list to see how these ultimate marketing masters stay above the competition.
Paul crunches the numbers to predict how Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods will impact the industry. Using data from Foodable Labs, we get an inside look at Amazon’s current state and its customers. Using that data along with other insights about Blue Apron and consumer trends, Barron paints a picture of what we can expect to see in 2020.. and it’s not pretty.
Visa is offering a high-value incentive to get restaurants to stop accepting cash. The credit card company will be giving up to 50 restaurants and food vendors $10,000 apiece to upgrade their payment technology if they agree to stop accepting cash at their establishments.Visa is willing to make a massive investment to convert restaurants, cafes and food trucks to going “100% cashless."
Shake Shack partnered with Olo to launch an online ordering app for Apple users in late January. But now Android users will no longer be left out because the Shake Shack app is now available on the Google Play marketplace. According to a recent press release, the iOS version of the Shake App has been downloaded 350,000 times and that the orders made online are 15% larger than the ones made in stores.
Recently, a few (very few) restaurants have begun offering a fully automated, Jetson-like food experience (think eatsa). The futurism is pretty cool, but what does today’s workplace automation really look like?
Most frequently adopted these days are self-order technologies, both at restaurant-provided kiosks and from guests’ mobile devices. Fast-casual restaurants like Panera, Starbucks, and others are providing guests with multiple service options, much like the banking industry has.
“At a bank, you can opt for traditional teller service, an ATM, a drive-thru, or online/mobile banking. Restaurants are doing the same by offering traditional counter service, ordering kiosks, touchscreen/video drive-thru, as well as online/mobile ordering. All orders are funneled to production for fulfilment and real-time inventory management,” explained Tommy Woycik, founder and president of Nextep Systems, whose tagline is “Order Food Faster.”