How Starbucks deployed 23,000 iPads for training

How Starbucks deployed 23,000 iPads for training

Mary Stumpf, lead of collaboration products and devices for Starbucks, saw the need for tablets in the workplace and decided to do something about it.

Why augmented reality is becoming more accessible to restaurant brands

Why augmented reality is becoming more accessible to restaurant brands

Though AR is still in its infancy, a pair of presenters at Infocomm said that it offers a new way to excite consumers and is more economical than creating physical experiences.

Emerging foodservice automation calls for new sanitation standards

Emerging foodservice automation calls for new sanitation standards

As new types of equipment are introduced into the foodservice environment, new sanitation standards will be needed to protect consumers and the foodservice provider.

Tech innovations leaving restaurateurs wondering how to upgrade without starting over

Tech innovations leaving restaurateurs wondering how to upgrade without starting over

Technology innovations dominated much of the show floor this week at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, and while interesting, they also presented a challenge the foodservice operators, who have already invested in point-of-sale systems and other IT infrastructure.

Intelligent digital communications changing the world: Are you ready for it?

Intelligent digital communications changing the world: Are you ready for it?

Drive-thru and other types of restaurant digital signage are getting smarter nearly by the second, which could trigger customer connection opportunities for restaurant operators.

Turkish-American sisters now franchising Flatbread Grill

Turkish-American sisters now franchising Flatbread Grill

Turkish-American Sisters — Arzu, Fusun, and Gonca Esendemir — are now franchising their fast casual concept —  Flatbread Grill.

Wow Bao becomes 1st chain to leverage Eatsa technology

Wow Bao becomes 1st chain to leverage Eatsa technology

As the first licensee of Eatsa's self-service technology, Wow Bao's newest unit allows guests to pick up their orders from cubbies that alert them to the status of their orders.

Millennials: 'Give us big discounts, cut the small talk'

Millennials: 'Give us big discounts, cut the small talk'

One of the more eye-opening sessions at this Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville this month was a quick, question-filled hour-long chat with a varied panel of millennials about what gets their restaurant business and what does not.

CEOs of Wing Zone, Focus Brands, Captain D's, Backyard Burgers, Koti Pizza predict industry changes, trends

CEOs of Wing Zone, Focus Brands, Captain D's, Backyard Burgers, Koti Pizza predict industry changes, trends

This year's Fast Casual Executive Summit wrapped up Tuesday night with insights from some of the industry's most successful CEOs.

Independent restaurateur juggles highs, lows of adding self-order kiosks (Part 2)

Independent restaurateur juggles highs, lows of adding self-order kiosks (Part 2)

The co-founder of Flatbread Grill and an exec from Nextep give advice on how to avoid headaches when deploying kiosks.

Former Papa Murphy's CDO: Ask 3 questions before investing in tech

Former Papa Murphy's CDO: Ask 3 questions before investing in tech

As restaurants consider deploying technology, such as a loyalty program, branded app or mobile payments, executives should first consider whether such efforts will actually help them acquire more customers and coax existing guests to spend more money

Wayback Burgers to test food trailers in the Big Apple

Wayback Burgers to test food trailers in the Big Apple

The fast casual chain teams with a trailer specialist to launch its first mobile food initiative, starting in New York City.

In pictures: Global restaurant execs in London: Part 1

In pictures: Global restaurant execs in London: Part 1

Executives from 17 countries gathered in London for the 2017 Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit — Europe last week. The event, produced by Networld Media Group, provided the opportunity for more than 100 restaurant leaders to share advice, success stories and discuss how they moved on from failure.

Caliburger founder to discuss how $3.1M investment will fuel robotics in the kitchen

Caliburger founder to discuss how $3.1M investment will fuel robotics in the kitchen

The substantial investment is the combined effort of Acacia Research Corporation, Match Robotics VC, and a number of undisclosed strategic investors.

Innovation on display at NRA (part 2)

Innovation on display at NRA (part 2)

It's almost impossible to see the two-miles of products and services at the NRA show, so in this two-part series, FastCasual highlights several that made their debuts at the show.

From wobbly table fixes to herbal refrigerators, innovation was on display at NRA (Part 1)

From wobbly table fixes to herbal refrigerators, innovation was on display at NRA (Part 1)

More than 45,000 buyers in the restaurant industry hit Chicago this week to check out the thousands of products and services on display at the National Restaurant Association show.

NRA 2017 in photos: Editors share top highlights

NRA 2017 in photos: Editors share top highlights

The editors of FastCasual, Pizza Marketplace, QSRWeb and Food Truck Operator share some highlights from the 2017 NRA show in Chicago.

Will menu-labeling requirements be delayed — again?

Will menu-labeling requirements be delayed — again?

It seems seven years weren’t enough for members of The National Association of Convenience Stores and the National Grocers Association to become compliant with the federal menu-labeling requirements, scheduled to take effect May 5.

Mobile Vending University helps prepare food truck owners

Mobile Vending University helps prepare food truck owners

Mobile Vending University provides a certified course in operating a food truck in Pasco, Washington. The attendees are taught by subject matter experts in all aspects of operating a food truck.

How technology can improve ROI of maintaining foodservice equipment

How technology can improve ROI of maintaining foodservice equipment

Foodservice equipment has long required multiple distribution levels. Managing equipment information on such equipment places a heavy burden on all players in the supply chain. New technology offers options to reduce data management.

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