National Restaurant Association Kiosk Trade Show Preview

By | April 11, 2022
National Restaurant Association Kiosk Trade Show

National Restaurant Association Kiosk Trade Show

We are at the huge National Restaurant Association show in Chicago, booth 6576 in the Tech Pavilion next to Epson and SpotOn.  We can help with passes if needed. For more information or to arrange a demo/meeting at the show email [email protected]

PICTURES FROM THE SHOW

Impressions on the Show

Chicago isn’t the cheapest city to hold a show (NYC is less) but it is a great location for sure. We were surprised by the international flavor of the audience that stopped by. Burger King of France already has kiosks but they are very interested in outdoor digital menu systems. Same can be said for A&W of Canada (800 stores) though I don’t think they have kiosks yet to any significant degree.

Walking the show is a major undertaking. We were in North Side in the Tech Pavilion and there were a ton of tech companies in that space. We went to visit Intel and Pyramid over in the South concourse and according to my Google Fit, it was an even 1.0 miles to go an get back. In between was anything and everything to do with restaurants and fast casual. You didn’t buy coffee (I got mine handmade at Epson booth myself) and you certainly didn’t buy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Our booth featured the Clover self-order kiosk by Nanonation and though the usual lulls during sessions occurred, traffic periods were nonstop. Apparently everybody running Clover (500,000 or so I think) wanted the Samsung-based kiosk. I especially liked the very aesthetic white POS terminal which matched the kiosk (instead of the usual red/yellow/green cheap wart appendage).  We ran thru the demo multiple times. You pick some items, wave your card and then get printout with order number.  Two minutes tops. These units are in stock and are plug-and-plug at any Clover-equipped retail outlet. Credit where credit due. These units were right on the money.  Zac Rustad of Nanonation ran the demos. I’m guessing he sold 500 of them easily if not more.

We also had top flight outdoor digital menu sign there in the booth from Keyser. IP67 and rated for wind bursts of 183 mph. Software by Acquire Digital reminded me of In-and-Out. No nonsense main entrees.

Several social events going on but I ended up handing out the passes to a couple of my sponsors. At 67 my legs aren’t what they used to be and I tend to be careful when it comes to Covid. I did check for Covid when I returned and I tested clear.

The leads we gathered were all top flight and except for a few vendors (Elotouch, Samsung and Spectrio come to mind), it was 95% potential customers.

And yes, we renewed for 2023…

For more information on the products or anything else, email us at [email protected]

AT THE BOOTH #6576

We plan on exhibiting the Clover Kiosk by Nanonation + an entry-level 15″ AIO Touchscreen for POS.  An outdoor-rated dual 55 digital menu board by Keyser rounds out the booth. Contact [email protected] for more information and/or arrange a meeting at the show.

Related Assets and Downloads For NRA Tradeshow

Exhibitors at the show currently are 1500, here are members

  • 7263 — Insight Touch Technology — For the upcoming NRA show 2022, Insight Touch will exhibit new designed 10-inch, 15.6-inch & 22-inch Touch AIO PCs, support Windows/Android/Linux OS. Join us in Chicago to accelerate your business!
  • Intel in Chicago Bar Shop — you will also see Pyramid Computer and several others here as well
  • Vispero in booth 6749 – Speaking Event — Matt Ater and Kelsey Hall of McDonalds speak on creating an enjoyable and usable self-ordering experience — Monday May 23 10:00 – 10:30am — Location: Education Super Center – South Hall – 2778 -All customers should be able to easily access self-ordering kiosks and enjoy the experience of ordering exactly what they want. All too often though customers with disabilities are not afforded this experience. One top chain has tackled the challenges of creating an accessible self-ordering kiosk for their robust menu that all guests, including guests who are blind or who have low vision, can confidently use. Don’t miss this session to learn the work of one operator could mean for your business.  Link to Event
  • Star Micronics America  — Star Micronics, a world leading point of sale provider, has designated a portfolio of printing, secure cash management, and customer engagement solutions for any retail or hospitality establishment with a POS or mPOS environment. Star Micronics’s Software Development Tools allow integrators to utilize Star hardware solutions with any Android™, iOS®, and Windows® devices with their application. Always leading, and always innovating, Star Micronics has developed printing solutions including CloudPRNT, AirPrint-certified printing, Lightning connectivity, and the future-proof mCollection which includes printers, scales, stands, peripherals, and more

NRA Social Events

  • RTN Restaurant Technology Network Happy Hour Monday 5/23 4pm-6pm — link
  • Digital Signage Federation (DSF) Meet and Mingle – May 24 – 6:30p to 8:30pm — LINK

Self-Service Easy — Self-Order Kiosks, Digital Menus, Lockers, Drive Thru

The Kiosk Manufacturer Association is comprised of over 500 companies. You can contact us at [email protected] (720-324-1837) or visit our gold sponsors. Those gold sponsors include:

About The Show

The Show, the largest of its kind in North America, will feature expert-led sessions on how to navigate and rise from the pandemic’s challenges, and turn disruption into opportunity. Link to NRA post

Following two years of struggle that changed the way foodservice businesses operate, industry professionals will return to Chicago’s McCormick Place when the National Restaurant Association resumes its annual National Restaurant Association Show, May 21-24.

This year, the Show(Opens in a new window), the largest of its kind in North America, will feature expert-led sessions on how to rise from those challenges and navigate the new business landscape, turn disruption into opportunity, and embrace innovation.

More than 65,000 attendees are expected over the course of four days, ready to have an in-person look at the latest foodservice products and to hear about solutions that support restaurant growth, revenues, and profitability.

Caitlin Rodgers, marketing director/Exhibitions, says this year will have even more of a focus on food and beverage and how operators can deliver the best guest dining experiences, whether they’re on or off premises.

“It’s been a tough couple of years for the industry,” she says. “Restaurateurs have always been committed to making great food for their customers, but now we going to help them explore even more aspects of the culinary experience, and we’ll present the latest bar and beverage trends. We want to show them how to effectively pair their food with beverages, and optimize the most profits from it.”

Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of social media giant Reddit(Opens in a new window), and founder of Seven Seven Six(Opens in a new window), a venture capital group that specializes in start-up businesses, is the keynote for the Show. He’ll shed new light on how creating and embracing disruption not only increases growth, but also produces positive change. Starr Marcello, deputy dean of MBA programs at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, will moderate the keynote session.

In addition, the Show will showcase the industry’s latest equipment, products and services, all housed in McCormick Place’s vast exhibition halls. Attendees can expect to see the latest tech trends, including artificial intelligence and robotics, at the Show’s Tech Pavilion,

Celebrity chefs/personalities, including Rick and Lanie Bayless, Lamar Moore, Andrew Zimmern, and more are set to lead culinary demonstrations and renowned mixologists and sommeliers will amplify beverage opportunities, at the Show and during Industry Night Out(Opens in a new window), Monday, May 23.

A major addition to this year’s show is a workshop series covering ghost kitchens, virtual brands, and leadership development. The latter is designed to help operators and their high-potential team members identify paths to leadership management and other opportunities in the organization.

The 2022 Kitchen Innovations Awards(Opens in a new window) and FABI Awards(Opens in a new window) are back (along with those who received awards in 2020 and 2021) to showcase all of their best products and services. Plan to catch up at this one convenient Show event.

Rodgers says growth and innovation starts with the right information and tools. This year will offer all of that and more. The goal: help industry members learn more to grow their sales and profitability. Get more information and register(Opens in a new window) for the Show.

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