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McDonald’s tech updates have some workers jumping ship

For Dudley Dickerson, the mobile-app orders were the last straw.
McDonald’s has been updating with new technology, delivery, a revamped menu and curbside pickup. But the “Experience of the Future” has employees handling more tasks — in many cases, they say, without pay raises or adequate staffing. So Dickerson, 23, handed over his spatula for the last time.
“They added a lot of complicated things,” Dickerson said in an interview. “It makes it harder for the workers.”
Many fast-food employees hop from job to job. But with unemployment so low, turnover is becoming a problem. Workers are walking rather than dealing with new technologies and menu options. The result: Customers will wait longer.

Source: www.sfgate.com

“Quick-service restaurants are having a little more trouble with job openings and finding workers,” said Michael Harms, executive director of operations at People Report. “It’s the pace of work, the pace of technology and the lower wage rate.”

Fall River McDonald’s among first to get kiosk service

FALL RIVER — Fast food robots have arrived.
Self service ordering kiosks are in place and in use at the President Avenue McDonald’s.
They are the first in the area, but they won’t be the last.
Steve Easterbrook, the CEO of McDonald’s, announced a year ago that ordering kiosks would be installed in all 14,000 McDonald’s in the country. He promised the change would provide quicker and more comfortable service for patrons.
“McDonald’s is raising the bar on

Source: www.heraldnews.com

From UK and McDonalds — Dirty Touchscreens UK McDonalds – Verdict — Not So Dirty

Editors Note: We originally reported this on November 28 and continued to monitor this story from the UK to see how it developed. It originated on the tabloid website — https://metro.co.uk/ which generally publishes things that only some people on Facebook are looking to believe. The article below came out on a tabloid and it certainly bears a closer… Read More »

Bluestar and Zivelo Announce Distribution Partnership

Bluestar and Zivelo Partnership News FOR IMMEDIATE USE Scottsdale, AZ (October 2, 2018) – World-class kiosk manufacturer ZIVELO (best known for providing kiosks to McDonald’s across North America) is proud to announce the completion of a Distribution Partnership with BlueStar to streamline the company’s ability to meet increasing demand. Founded in 1929 with a network of over 12,000… Read More »

Automation Comes To McDonald’s – NPR

Automation Comes To McDonald’s – NPR from Morning Edition September 12, 20185:11 AM ET Heard on Morning Edition ALLY SCHWEITZER   FROM We hear a lot about robots eventually taking over jobs in manufacturing, but automation has already hit the service industry. The cashier who takes your order at McDonald’s could soon be replaced. DAVID GREENE, HOST: So there… Read More »

Benefits of Utilizing Self-Service Kiosks in Quick Service & Fast Casual

Benefits of Utilizing  Self-Service Kiosks in Quick  Service & Fast Casual May 2018  |  www.frankmayer.com The following is excerpt from the latest whitepaper by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. covering Self-Service Kiosks in Quick Service and Fast Casual.  See the complete whitepaper on the Frank Mayer website. Contents Forward Enhanced Customer Service Improved Productivity Increased Profits Conclusion Resources Forward Recent… Read More »

Restaurant News – Global Payments Acquires SICOM

Global Payments to Acquire SICOM Systems, a Leading Provider of Enterprise Technology Solutions to Restaurants September 27, 2018 04:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN), a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions, announced today an agreement to acquire SICOM Systems, Inc. from LLR Partners. SICOM provides enterprise, cloud-based software as a… Read More »

Self-Order – Approach Video Showing How Unique Needs Met

Approach Video Showing How Unique Needs Met by Self-Service Kiosks GRAFTON, WI – Recently, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. released a promotional video for the company’s self-service kiosk Approach, featuring why the self-order kiosk is a simple solution for businesses seeking additional convenience for customers as well as new revenue opportunities. With multiple industries embracing the digital experience for… Read More »

HMSHost rolls out kiosk ordering with QikServe kiosk

HMSHost kiosk ordering in Quick Service Restaurants Roll Out QikServe kiosk solution deployed in more than 50 highway and airport restaurants  BETHESDA, MD – Meeting the needs of busy travelers, global restaurateur HMSHost continues to innovate the restaurant industry with expanded service format options, offering self-order kiosks in quick service restaurants it operates in airports and highway travel plazas across North… Read More »

Order Kiosk – Review of McDonalds Kiosk Burger Ordering at SXSW

They are gigantic touch screens that let you customize your burger with toppings like guacamole, grilled mushrooms, onions, and bacon.

Source: www.businessinsider.com

Good point on the oversize smartphone.  Writer says the units are expensive but never notes a cost.  Looking at them with the Verifone “wart” I personally think they are in the B- range when it comes to design, which usually equates to cheaper.  

 

They are gigantic touch screens that let you customize your burger with toppings like guacamole, grilled mushrooms, onions, and bacon and sauces like sriracha mayo. But the kiosks have drawbacks, like not working in the drive-thrus that provide 70% of McDonald’s revenue and being relatively expensive.

MCDONALDS ADDING KIOSKS TO 140 LOCATIONS IN STATE – The Denver Post, 2018-08-14

McDonald’s and its local franchisees are combining to invest $111 million in physical and technological upgrades at 140 Colorado restaurants this year and next, the company has announced.Click here to edit the content

Source: digital.olivesoftware.com

The work, which ranges from remodeling to complete rebuilds, is part of a $6 billion modernization effort McDonald’s will roll out across the U.S. by the end 2020, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

The work includes:

• Adding self-order kiosks to make ordering and paying easier

• Creation of new counters that allow workers to bring food to customers at the table

• Creation of designated parking spots for mobile order pick-ups

• Expanded McCafé counters and new digital menu boards

• New dining room decorations and updated exteriors

McDonald’s has more than 200 independently owned locations in Colorado, according to the company. State Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, called the company “a leader in job creation and economic growth,” in Tuesday’s release.

McDonalds kiosk – The evolution of fast-food. More people + automation equation. 

McDonald’s is simply responding to competition from other chains that have offered “enhanced burgers,” said Hilda Fahey, a company representative who was in Simcoe to help with the changeover to the new services at the Queensway East restaurant.

Source: www.simcoereformer.ca

“We have 35 different people we didn’t have before,” Maskell said on a Wednesday afternoon while preparing for an opening that night for the new services.

 

More people are needed in the kitchen, he explained, to service the customers out front.

McDonalds Kiosk Effect dominates NRA Show

The number of self-order kiosks on display at the National Restaurant Show nearly tripled over last year’s exhibits as hardware and software manufacturers rushed to meet the demand from restaurants.

Source: www.fastcasual.com

Good review of self-order kiosks at NRA 2018.

 

Excerpt:  

What a difference a year makes! Last year’s National Restaurant Show featured 12 self-serve kiosks. This year, the number on display at Chicago’s McCormick Place nearly tripled as kiosk manufacturers scrambled to meet the restaurant industry’s demand to improve customer service with new technology.

 

As McDonald’s continues its nationwide rollout of self-order kiosks, thousands of QSRs and fast casual restaurants don’t want to get left behind and are shopping the market. 

 

Kiosk hardware and software manufacturers continue to fine tune their self-order kiosks, while POS system manufacturers introduce kiosk modules that integrate with mobile ordering, kitchen display systems and back-office management software.

 

Many of the offerings on display support customer conveniences beyond self-order and pay, such as order pickup, nutrition information, digital messaging and customer loyalty programs. 

Following are highlights from the trade show floor listed in alphabetical order:

ZIVELO Wins Two Awards at ICX Summit

ZIVELO Wins 2 Awards at ICX Summit for Achievement in Interactive Customer Experiences. The #1 QSR mobile kiosk company receives two awards Dallas, TX – June 13, 2018 – ZIVELO, the leader in interactive self-service kiosk and digital signage solutions in the QSR arena, has been appointed to receive two prestigious awards at the ICX Summit in Dallas… Read More »

China growth strategy could drive success for McDonald’s in US

Fast-food chain among businesses that have benefited from growth of mobile internet payments and e-commerce in China

Source: www.scmp.com

Last year, deliveries accounted for a quarter of the sales in tier one cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Overall in China, sales from delivery grew by 81 per cent last year, said Zhang, adding that these growth rates were on the rise in 2018.

 

Zhang Yichen, the Citic Capital chief executive and chairman, told the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong on Monday that the use of digital marketing, combined with delivery services, had been an important growth driver for the Chinese market.

New Dunkin’ store features drive-thru for mobile orders, self-order kiosks

The new concept store in Quincy, Mass., includes a drive-thru just for mobile orders, in-store ordering kiosks and new employee uniforms.

Source: www.usatoday.com

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened a new concept store designed for customers on the go, featuring what the company says is the first drive-thru exclusively for mobile orders.

 

Among the concept store’s other features are kiosks where people can order without the help of a staffer, a dedicated area where people who ordered using the chain’s mobile app may pick up their food and drinks and a bigger grab-and-go section, including GoGo Squeez applesauce, Yoplait yogurt parfaits and beef jerky.

Hospitality Kiosks – What the Kiosk Can Do for Hotels and Restaurants

What The $1B Kiosk Industry Can Do For Hotels And Restaurants News followup from Pymnts.com What The $1B Kiosk Industry Can Do For Hotels And Restaurants  Excerpt: Kiosks aren’t just for selling tickets or providing customers with another way to order a meal. They can personalize the guest experience too. “Our take on it is that we’re all… Read More »

Chehalis McDonald’s Gets $1.8 Million in Upgrades, Including Self-Service Kiosks

After 43 years, the McDonald’s on Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis has received a facelift and a load of upgrades. Following two months of construction, McDonald’s now includes multiple new

Source: www.chronline.com

Lots of pictures of the inside. “The restaurant now has self-service kiosks, tableside service and sleek, modern decor,” said Lindsay Rainey, a spokeswoman for the company. “You definitely won’t recognize this McDonald’s.”

 

Nice picture of the new ‘Kids Play’ interactive game pads

 

Local owner and operator Shari Nixon also commented on the new kiosks, stating, “It’s a convenience for customers. If they’re in a hurry they can beat the line.”

 

Habit to Test Breakfast, Develop App, Kiosks | Orange County Business Journal

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) in Irvine will test breakfast menu items and develop a digital mobile app and a kiosk ordering system.

Source: www.ocbj.com

Other restaurant groups—including Irvine-based Yogurtland—have looked at the meal segment as well, as a way to get more customers through the door while morning-intensive chains such as Starbucks Corp. made a mirror-image bid to bring customers back for lunch.

Bendel also told analysts the burger house will develop a mobile app to “allow our customers to skip the line and place their order from their mobile phones or tablets,” in a move that also brings Habit in-line with other chains.

Habit is also “developing a self-ordering kiosk to promote speed of service [and alleviate] cashier labor.”

Taco Bell Kiosk

First digital dine-in kiosk from Taco Bell.

Source: www.behance.net

To illustrate the long cycle of development to deployment, consider this “post examination” of Taco Bell self-order kiosk UX from January 2014.  Last week TB pushed out a bit of news that it actually may be actually going to do it.  I wonder if the original engineers are even there…More likely they rewrote  using this as style model.

Kiosks, Tablets, and Mobile Orders Coming to a Restaurant Near You

From McDonalds Experience of the Future to Panera 2.0, the restaurant industry is investing heavily in technology as a means of reducing costs and improving the dining experience.

Source: www.foxbusiness.com

Takeaways

1. lift to final ticket
2. self-order more likely to order ancilliary items
3. End of meal it is all timing. You have to catch the moment.

 

Shen: Yeah. I will add,in addition to McDonald’s,Wendy’s announced earlier this year that they would install kiosks at about 1,000 of theirlocationsby the end of this year. They’ve cited similar things that we’ve talked about,reducing labor costs, for example. But on the Panera side,Panera 2.0, some things management has said that I think make it really interesting, in terms of the lift inticket size that you can get from thesekiosks, there is a quote from,I don’t know if it was somebody in their management, but I found this quote that basically said, “People who order at a kiosk will generally spendabout twice as longordering with that kiosk than they doif they’re speaking directly to a cashier.” What that ultimately means or leads to is moreopportunities for upselling –every time you place an order for a salad,do you want to pair that with a soup? Youorder a coffee, do you want to pair that with a donut? Then, they’re able to customize their orders,and ultimately get larger tickets. Domino’s has spoken to this as well with their apps. Peopleupsell themselves. When they’re ordering a pizza, they add things to it that they wouldn’totherwise if ordering by the phone.

 

Re: Chilis at the table
Shen: And a lot of restaurants that have outfitted their tables with these tablets have found that people are more likely to order the ancillary items,higher instances of customers ordering dessert,coffee, other drinks. Those are all nice margin boosters for those businesses.

 

Kline: There’s a window. If you’re arestaurant, there’s a period between the end of dinner and the feeling of fullness when people will buy dessert. They often regret desert by the time it shows up. That’s why most restaurants have a to-go container for desserts you shouldn’t have ordered. But if the waitress is too busy or misses that window, orI would have had another beer if she got to me 10 minutesinto my meal, but at 20 minutes into the meal I’m like, “Oh,I’m driving too soon,” or, “MaybeI don’t need to spend this money.” So there’s an amazing ability to give meevery impulse if I’m sitting there and finish my gin and tonic and want another one,I just hit the button and there it comes whereas if I had that extra five minutes ofreflection, maybe I would go, this is a bad idea.