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Toast lands $400M in funding

Toast, a restaurant management platform in the U.S., today has raised $400,000 million in its latest round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, TPG, Greenoaks Capital, and Tiger Global Management with participation from Durable Capital Partners LP, TCV, funds. T.

Networld Media Group acquires Vending Times, names Elliot Maras editor

Networld Media Group acquires Vending Times, names Elliot Maras editor

Networld Media Group, the parent company of Digital Signage Today and sister sites, has acquired The Vending Times, a media publisher in the self-service vending space. Elliot Maras, editor of Kiosk Marketplace, will serve as editor of Vending Times, according…

Ole Miss goes new tech with fast-food robots

Ole Miss goes new tech with fast-food robots

The University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss, has gotten decidedly new tech with the launch of the northern Mississippi school's first fast food and pizza-delivering robots around its Oxford main campus, according to the school's Ole Miss News. In late…

California Pizza Kitchen stores tap into customer intelligence platform

California Pizza Kitchen has tapped restaurant intelligence platform, Yumpingo, to bring real-time guest insights to the 240-plus unit brand, according to a news release. CPK piloted Yumpingo at three flagship restaurants in the Los Angeles market last August, with impressive…

Grubhub addresses phone order snafu

Grubhub customers will be hearing a new prompt when placing a call to a restaurant using the ordering app, which will direct them to press the No. 1 to place an order or the No.

Pizza robot startup, Zume, reportedly laying off most of its workforce

SoftBank-backed robotic pizza startup, Zume, plans to lay off up to 400 employees — 80% of its staff— and won't renew its Seattle lease in an effort to stop burning cash. The layoffs are reportedly slated for next Monday, according…

Blendid installs its second robotic smoothie kiosk

Blendid installs its second robotic smoothie kiosk

Robotic self-serve smoothie kiosk-maker, Blendid, has installed its second location, this one at Sonoma State University's Charlie Brown Café earlier this month, according to a press release. The first kiosk was installed at the University of San Fransisco in March.…

Real-time restaurant course correction big benefit of integrated POS/ops management system

Appetize and Restaurant365 have partnered to provide a merged cloud-based POS and operations management platform to restaurant brands that allows operators to improve customer experience, control costs, optimize labor and boost revenues in real time, a news release said. "Restaurants…

Clean Juice expands into catering using Chowly/ezCater services

Clean Juice, a USDA-certified organic juice bar franchise, will be offering catering at all its locations, thanks to a partnership between Chowly, a restaurant technology company that integrates third-party online orders with restaurants' point-of-sale systems, and ezCater, an online catering…

Fourth Enterprises tabs Sabre's Anderson as CEO, names Whitmarsh CFO

Fourth Enterprises, LLC, parent company of HotSchedules and Fourth, a provider of workforce, inventory and operations management solutions to the restaurant and hospitality industry, has named Clinton Anderson as its chief executive officer, according to a press release. Anderson recently…

'From pizza to pad thai' -- Kroger-Clustertruck partnership puts ghost kitchens in Midwest metros

'From pizza to pad thai' -- Kroger-Clustertruck partnership puts ghost kitchens in Midwest metros

U.S. grocery superpower, Kroger, has partnered with delivery-only software platform, Clustertruck to offer a ghost kitchen concept that will serve multiple menu delivery-only offerings from a central kitchen with no service or delivery fees. The virtual restaurants are initially rolling…

McDonald's tests cash-accepting self-order kiosks; will retrofits be needed?

McDonald's tests cash-accepting self-order kiosks; will retrofits be needed?

McDonald's, which has pioneered the use of self-order kiosks, is testing kiosks that also accept cash, the company told Kiosk Marketplace via email. Cash users can place orders on the existing machines, but they still need to pay at the…

Epson America releases receipt printer for small companies

Epson America releases receipt printer for small companies

Epson America Inc. has released its TM-T20III receipt printer designed for small and medium merchants to support existing POS and mPOS systems, according to a press release.  Four different models feature four different connectivity options: wireless, Ethernet, serial and older parallel connectivity.

ParTech to acquire Restaurant Magic for $42M

ParTech, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PAR Technology Corp. and a global provider of point of sale solutions to the restaurant and retail industries, has announced a purchase agreement to acquire AccSys, LLC, known as Restaurant Magic, a restaurant…

SalesVu introduces self-order kiosk app

SalesVu introduces self-order kiosk app

SalesVu, a provider of iPad point-of-sale and business management solutions, has introduced its latest self-order kiosk app, OrderUp, designed for restaurants looking to cater to digital-savvy customers, according to a press release. OrderUp allows patrons to navigate through an interactive…

Chowbotics upgrades robotic salad making kiosk

Chowbotics upgrades robotic salad making kiosk

Chowbotics has introduced Sally 2.0, the newest iteration of its fresh food robot, which first came to market in 2018 and is in action at more than 70 locations including offices, college campuses, hospitals and more. The enhanced model features…

Noble partners with Epson to streamline in-venue mobile food, drink orders

Noble partners with Epson to streamline in-venue mobile food, drink orders

Noble, an on-premise experience platform that streamlines food and beverage operations for venues, has adopted the Epson TM-m30 and TM-T20II POS receipt printers to further enhance the in-venue guest ordering and payment experience, according to a press release. The printers…

DataVan launches customizable POS system

DataVan launches customizable POS system

DataVan International Corp., a provider of retail and hospitality technology based in New Taipei City, Taiwan, has introduced a series of products built with a modular "building blocks" design, including a customizable self-service kiosk called Mars, according to a press…

Kiosks top customer order technology used by restaurants in 2019

Kiosks were the largest customer order technology utilized in the past year among a national sampling of restaurants, according to an online survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association and Technomic Inc. Twenty-two percent of the respondents utilized kiosks, compared…

Domino's 0, disabled 1 in Monday Supreme Court action

Domino's 0, disabled 1 in Monday Supreme Court action

Those with disabilities that make standard restaurant websites inaccessible won a pretty substantial victory Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to hear a petition from global pizza chain, Domino's, on whether its site was accessible.

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