The latest news and trends in restaurant technology

Mobile advances, ‘smaller data’ & other observables from tech’s big show

Mobility and tablets took the center stage at this year's FSTec show, as well as marketing functions and the collection and use of data.


Distribution goes digital

A recent survey from Technomic found restaurant operators are cutting purchasing costs by an average of 12 to 13 percent (including shipping) by buying online.

Working with third-party delivery services hasn't been perfect for Umami Burger. Here, the chain shares some lessons learned along the way.

The NRA is pushing for more transparency in music licensing so operators can create playlists without fear of having to pay up to $150,000 for a music-use violation.

The app allows users to earn points as well as find their nearest location and order and pay for pickup online.

The deal comes just days after Chipotle's CEO vowed to provide more consumers “access” to the brand.

Digital menu boards provide virtually limitless opportunities for merchandising menu items. Additions or revisions—to accommodate nutritional postings or price changes—can be made quickly. And for multi-unit operations, centralized control of the menu is especially important.

Dunkin' Donuts announced its mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch has added support for Apple's Passbook, allowing people to run on Dunkin’ faster and more conveniently than ever before.

The big data accessible today should help to foster sustainability in the production and distribution of food. Just look at what can be accomplished through a "hackathon."

Supplementing celebrity endorsements with faux PSAs and large-scale product giveaways, Domino’s aims to give digital ordering an even bigger slice of the (pizza) pie.

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