Potential full-scale implementation of robotics designed to improve unit economics, reduce friction in kitchen
Jack in the Box will begin a pilot in San Diego in which it will deploy Flippy 2 and Sippy from Miso Robotics. According to Miso, these are core products designed for restaurant chains with standalone locations. The machines will “leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and data analytics to maximize efficiency in the commercial kitchen,” announced the robotics and automation company.
Through this pilot, the partnership between Miso Robotics and Jack in the Box will test integration of the platform at the operational level. As restaurants look to the future, the benefits of a connected kitchen will bring to bear added efficiencies. Like many restaurant chains, Jack in the Box aims to improve restaurant-level economics. Similarly, the San Diego QSR seeks to reduce the friction that exists in operating a high-volume commercial kitchen.
Tony Darden, chief operating officer of Jack in the Box, said “This collaboration with Miso Robotics is a steppingstone for our back-of-house restaurant operations. We are confident that this technology will be a good fit to support our growing business needs with intentions of having a positive impact on our operations while promoting safety and comfort to our team members.”
Moreover, he indicated the Jack in the Box Flippy 2 would end up at a San Diego location.
“Beginning our journey with a premier brand like Jack in the Box is an enormous step in our commitment to helping restaurants increase throughput, reduce costs and create a safer environment for their staff,” said Mike Bell, chief executive of Miso Robotics. “From tacos and curly fries to fountain sodas, the future is now for Jack in the Box, and we are ecstatic to serve as the company’s technological arm to assure a quality product gets into its customers (sic) hands every time they order.”
And as a crowdfunded company, Miso Robotics boasts 18,000 shareholders. Consequently, it has raised over $50M to date and finds itself currently in its Series E round.
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