Today in the restaurant and grocery store tech news: TGI Friday is targeting 300 ghost kitchens over the next five years, and convenience stores are racing to catch up with quick service restaurants (QSRs). Additionally, Robert Hill, CEO of Instacart’s recent acquisition, FoodStorm, discusses how the rise of e-commerce is turning the checkout into a store.
Chipotle on flow and digital control opportunity
In this month’s report, PYMNTS spoke with Nicole West, vice president of digital strategy and products at fast food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, about how to enable customers to pay at the using digital and debit wallets helps meet their ever-changing payment preferences.
Aiming to meet so many common consumer needs, the convenience store model is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, this mission offers a multitude of sales opportunities every day. On the other hand, the more goods and services the store provides, the more competitors there are against which the store must stand up.
THE Proof of Vax Mandates; Smoothie Renaissance digital control prompts
This week in restaurant news: LA City Council required proof of vaccination for indoor meals; TGI Friday’s announced the main ghost kitchen intentions; smoothie chains had a Q3 banner; and Raising Cane’s has asked its corporate staff to step in to temporarily fill vacant positions in restaurants.
Instacart’s FoodStorm leverages self-service to bring the digital shift to stores
The rise of self-checkout is the next logical step in the digital shift of grocery shopping, argues Robert Hill, CEO of Instacart’s recent acquisition, FoodStorm, in an interview with PYMNTS. He argues that the technology serves the same needs as online pickup and delivery orders, and that the channel will only gain popularity in the years to come.