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Noodles & Firm opened its second ghost kitchen. The brand new outlet in central San Jose, Calif., follows an preliminary check in Chicago that started within the spring. The corporate stated the kitchens are a cheap solution to increase whereas additionally growing entry to its meals.
The chain considers San Jose to be an rising market, and can use the kitchen to get a way of buyer dynamics within the space, stated CMO Stacey Pool in a press release.
Each of the quick informal’s ghost kitchens are situated in multi-brand amenities run by CloudKitchens. Prospects can order on Noodles’ web site or app, or through third-party supply suppliers.
Again-office tech firm MarginEdge raised $18 million. The Sequence B spherical was led by Schooner Capital and included a contribution from huge distributor Gordon Meals Service’s funding arm, Relish Works. MarginEdge works with greater than 2,400 eating places in 47 states and stated it’s on monitor to finish 2021 with 200% year-over-year development.
Supply software program firm Vromo raised $8 million. The Sequence A spherical was led by Dutch agency No Such Ventures. Dublin-based Vromo spun off from a last-mile supply firm in 2019 to focus solely on the software program aspect. Its know-how helps eating places supply extra environment friendly supply with a concentrate on the client expertise. Vromo will use the funding to proceed rising in each Europe and the U.S.
Apex Order Pickup Options unveiled a high-tech locker pickup system. The OrderHQ Sequence can combine with a restaurant’s POS and permits clients to choose up their meals by getting into a singular code. It additionally offers knowledge on order effectivity and might ease labor by automating the hand-off. The lockers will likely be manufactured by tools big Welbilt.
Pizzerias that use the Slice platform can now supply online game perks to visitors. The know-how firm on Monday launched Slice Gaming, a partnership with online game firm Ubisoft. Over the following month, clients who order pizza through Slice will get rewards they will apply to purchases throughout the new sport “Far Cry 6.” The initiative is a part of Slice’s technique of giving impartial pizzerias the identical instruments as massive chains.
Now you can pay together with your face on the robotic boba machine. Bobacino, the absolutely automated boba kiosk, is partnering with facial recognition cost firm PopID to allow the brand new contactless solution to pay. Prospects with a PopID account will pay by face whereas ordering on the machine or whereas pre-ordering through PopID’s app. Each corporations are backed by enterprise capital agency Wavemaker.
Ghost kitchen firm Epic Kitchens named three folks to its board of administrators. They’re:
- Jeremy Wing, co-founder and vice chairman of monetary know-how firm Payroc and an entrepreneur/investor.
- Meredith Sandland, former COO of Kitchen United and former chief improvement officer at Taco Bell.
- Brice Scheschuk, managing associate at Globalive Capital and co-founder and former CFO of Wind Cell (now Freedom Cell).
Epic Kitchens prepares meals from a number of manufacturers in a single facility for supply and pickup. It’s centered on rising in Chicago, the place it at the moment has one location in operation and one other coming quickly.
Company catering market EzCater employed a chief product officer. Josh Berg beforehand held management roles with Wayfair and CarGurus and helped information each corporations via IPOs. He joins ezCater amid a interval of speedy development: The corporate has seen order quantity spike 70% in latest months as folks return to workplaces, and it’s planning to extend its workers by 50% this yr.
Thanx and Tattle are integrating to assist enhance loyalty. Each corporations accumulate buyer knowledge in several methods—Thanx through transactions and Tattle through detailed surveys. Thanx then permits eating places to create personalised promotions primarily based on that info. The combination will give eating places entry to “probably the most complete knowledge accessible,” the businesses stated.
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