How AI-powered robots are helping the food industry
Thanks in large part to pandemic pressures, total revenue for fast food restaurants in the United States fell to $ 239 billion last year. Sadly, as quick-service restaurant operators attempt to increase staff and sales now that health concerns are stabilizing, they face a massive staffing crisis. While posters promoting vacancies and staff incentives swarm almost every drive-through restaurant and kiosk nationwide, restaurant workers aren’t lining up in droves. Thousands of entry-level restaurant workers have moved to other delivery jobs like DoorDash or Amazon during the pandemic, and unmanned fast food outlets are slowing the economic recovery for food operators. Yet many naysayers of the technology still cling to the ‘robots replace humans’ argument in an attempt to prevent fast-serving restaurateurs from investing in food robotics to keep pace with the next age of. Restoration.
Robots do not endanger human jobs in the restaurant industry. The restaurant industry (like any industry) will continue to be led and managed by people. In fact, human staff play an absolutely critical role in the evolution of food robotics for quick service restaurants. Work closely with key partners such as Walmart and Jamba For the initial Blendid kiosk locations in California, we saw firsthand how robots help extend accessibility and availability anytime of the day to healthy food options, especially when hiring limitations and of staff would generally make the cost incredibly prohibitive. So here’s how real people fit into the food processor mix:
The dynamics of fast food are changing rapidly. Consumers now want to have access to healthier food options anytime, anywhere and, thanks to COVID, with as little human intervention as possible. It may seem that prepackaged, shelf-stable food choices would be one way to meet these demands, but today’s consumers also want these healthier, freshly prepared fast food options to be totally customizable … and forget no, they always want it at near dollar menu prices. However, quick service restaurateurs are in a constant battle to recruit, train and retain staff, especially for the tedious roles of food service and food preparation. Bots add a layer of consistency that can help cut the costs and headaches of trying to (and continually fill) these roles.
Robots are expanding the potential footprint of quick service restaurants. Robotic platforms create a more favorable economy for operators and a much larger potential footprint by removing the ROI restrictions of high traffic, making it easier to justify staffing, storing and maintaining fresh and personalized food options in locations low and medium traffic.
Robots make stellar colleagues. Many entry-level food service workers have absolutely no interest in preparing food, sanitizing food surfaces, doing endless piles of dishes, or interacting with it.others. Robots can take care of these tedious tasks, blahm contactless control and counter service, precise measurements, food preparation and even much of the cleaning so that human workers can focus on a range of new and rewarding positions. Even better? There are no forced or awkward conversations to handle when a robot is by your side.
Technology is cool. Even better than taking on the mundane tasks and roles that most workers don’t want to take on, robots also add an element of futuristic fun to the work environment. (I know I like to say I work with robots.) As millennials and zoomers (GenZ) take over the restaurant workforce, tech natives will easily embrace new business platforms. automation not just for the cool factor, but because they are comfortable relying on, and often even expect, technology to make their day-to-day tasks easier.
For a fast-service restaurant navigating ever tighter operating margins and unable to fully staff its current operations, responding to changing consumer demands for quick, contactless access to affordable, fresh and healthy food on the go is a challenge. intimidating and often futile effort. . However, food automation platforms powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced visual and robotic technologies are changing the dynamics of fast food. Forward-thinking leaders who invest in new robotic food automation platforms will now be able to give consumers (and employees) what they want both today and in the years to come. In the not-so-distant future, these robotic catering stations will line the checkout areas of major retailers and the corridors of airport terminals, hospitals, universities and shopping malls around the world. AI-powered robots will bring highly personalized, healthy, fresh and delicious food options to life in the future.
Vipin Jain is CEO and co-founder of Blendid. Blendid offers a proprietary food automation platform (foodOS ™) to efficiently and safely prepare and serve a range of healthy, fresh and delicious options.