The National Restaurant Association releases the State of the Restaurant Industry report each year in the spring. I read the report summary, and this is what I learned at a glance:
Six years from now - what will the future look like for your restaurant, your customers, your employees?
When you think about the recent rapid changes in technologies and how it has affected the way consumers shop, find restaurants and order their food - in 6 years we could see some radical effects on the ways restaurants will operate - and these new technologies will impact those that survive and thrive and those that won't be here anymore.
From biometrics to robotics, Oracle Food and Beverage surveyed restaurateurs and consumers to explore which technologies they believe will be widespread in the food and beverage industry by 2025. Among the topics Restaurant 2025 explores: artificial intelligence, biometrics/facial recognition/3D imaging, robotics, voice activation, wearable technology, virtual reality, drones, and 3D printing.
How will new technology change the way that you run your restaurants? Here is a sampling of what they found out:
Do you feel like you barely have enough time to run your business? Could you use another employee to help you manage your social media presence but don’t have the budget for one? Do you want more reviews for your business but aren’t sure how to get there? If you’re like most business owners, the answer to all these are likely - yes!