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Tech Check

Joe Guszkowski

Senior Technology Editor Joe Guszkowski looks at the week’s technology trends and news, examining the continued influx of new technologies into restaurants, including mobile ordering, delivery, artificial intelligence, virtual brands, ghost kitchens and robotics.

Technology

Robots aren’t coming to steal restaurant jobs, robot says

Tech Check: AI sensation ChatGPT says workers need not fear its kind. But it may be underestimating restaurants’ labor woes.

Technology

Wonder replaces restaurants on wheels with a better idea

Tech Check: Marc Lore's delivery startup is ditching vans for ghost kitchens. It may have stumbled into a winning concept.

Tech Check: This is the stuff that will transform bottom lines, supercharge loyalty programs and start the next viral food trend.

Tech Check: The average price of having McDonald’s delivered is nearly 100% more than getting it at the restaurant, a new study finds. Consumers' apparent willingness to pay for it says a lot about modern dining habits.

Tech Check: Burger King owner Restaurant Brands International is the latest conglomerate to stack its concepts in a digital-only format. Here’s why the idea is a slam dunk.

Tech Check: Despite inflation, sales increased at the big providers and at many restaurants. It's starting to look unstoppable, but some red flags remain.

Tech Check: Threats to the independent contractor formula used by DoorDash and other gig companies are piling up. Changes could lead to higher costs and even unionization.

Tech Check: What began as an easy way to boost revenues has become a big, sophisticated business. Here are three questions that will define the future of delivery-only concepts.

Tech Check: Could outsourcing and surge pricing help solve restaurants' existential woes?

Tech Check: The delivery-only model is unlikely to live up to bold early projections. Some recent developments show where it might be headed.

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