Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Workers Not Needed

Fifteen or fight loses the war:
Last week, Wendy’s fast food restaurant chain announced plans to offer self-serving kiosks at its 6,000-plus locations across America, making them available to costumers by the end of 2016.

Last February, McDonald’s rolled out its “Create Your Taste” touchscreen kiosks, which allow customers to customize their own meals and burgers.

Panera Bread was among America’s first food service outlets to head down the path of lower labor costs and service efficiency that self-serving kiosks provide. Panera unveiled its “Panera 2.0” initiative in April 2014. At the time, roughly half of the company-owned stores were equipped with the new self-serve technology. The company, like its competitors, planned to expand the devices to its remaining locations by the end of 2014.

Before Panera Bread, Chili’s Grill & Bar began testing tablets that allow diners to order beverages and desserts and pay their entire bill, free from the struggle of having to flag down a server. An initial 180 tablets in a handful of Chili’s restaurants, soon ballooned into 45,000 tablets across 823 Chili’s restaurants. The restaurant’s executives called it “the largest rollout of tabletop tablets in the U.S.”

Last March, Breitbart News reported that Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurant chain CEO Andy Pudzer said he has plans to fully embrace automated machines.

“We could have a restaurant that’s focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person,” Pudzer said after visiting a fully automated restaurant named Eatsa.
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