Happy Valentine’s Day, food techies. If you haven’t run away to Las Vegas yet to get hitched at a Denny’s, there’s still time.
But speaking of Denny’s, the chain announced a new pilot with Yelp this week. Elsewhere in the restaurant world, Subway is now using Olo’s technology to handle delivery orders, and if you want more intel on the demise of Zume’s vision for mobile pizza kitchens, read on.
Yelp Pilots a New Feature to Measure In-Store Visits
Yelp this week launched Yelp Store Visits, a metric meant to help restaurants and other stores measure how online activity on Yelp drives customer visits to physical locations. The opt-in tool is available to businesses with multiple locations and meant to help them increase foot traffic to their physical stores. The company also introduced Showcase Ads, which lets multi-unit brands highlight special deals and promotions via video ads to Yelp users. Denny’s piloted both tools in 2019 and saw positive results.
Subway and Olo Partner for Integrated Delivery
Subway announced a partnership with Olo to integrate digital orders directly into its POS system, making it easier for the sandwich chain to process and fulfill off-premises orders coming from multiple sales channels. With Olo’s technology, orders coming from third-party services like Grubhub or Postmates go directly into the restaurant’s main POS system, removing the need for an employee to manually input the information into the ticket stream and lowering the risk of human error when it comes to order accuracy.
Regulation Is Coming for Third-party Delivery
It’s no secret that people are getting fed up with third-party delivery services’ Wild West tactics. Now regulators are stepping in, proposing legislation meant to check some of the practices companies like DoorDash and Grubhub employ that often don’t seem to benefit anyone but themselves. This week alone, California and Rhode Island introduced legislation, and Nation’s Restaurant News rounded up a few more states that are also taking third-party delivery to task, which could change the way the model operates in future. Read the full list here.
Inside the Fall of Zume’s Robot Pizza Delivery
Zume, a startup famous for its pizza-making robots, made headlines in January when it announced it was laying off 360 staff members and facing challenges securing more funding from investor Softbank. What happened to the once-promising startup? An article from Bloomberg Businessweek goes into the details of the startup’s evolution and how it landed in its current predicament.