At ShortOrder we’re pretty proud of our high-tech commercial restaurant equipment. Appliances and ice machines like the Manitowoc NEO Undercounter Ice Maker are designed to make life in the kitchen easier and more efficient thanks to technology that caters specifically to a busy work environment that requires high quality service. Manufacturers of ice machines like Manitowoc and Scotsman are consistently improving ice machines’ technology for better ice production more efficient operation. These ice machines’ features include advance notice of service needs, intuitive settings and design, and lowered energy consumption for a better use of your resources, plus environmentally-friendly ice machines.
So in addition to smart ice machines, what’s next for the world of commercial restaurant technology?
Focus on mobile technology in the restaurant industry is always on the rise, and the upcoming year will see that trend spike still further. Included in predictions for mobile-related advancements are guest self-ordering at kiosks or on tablets or smartphones; use of mobile point-of-sale devices by employees; advanced mobile apps that add value to the consumer experience outside of the restaurant; and improved mobile-optimized restaurant websites and menus.
Likewise, bring-your-own-device options may appear in the near future in restaurants, according to predictions by Technomic. Allowing patrons to order from smartphones and tablets makes for faster service since they can browse a menu, customize their selections, and place their orders without slowing down service.
In back-of-house, technology changes are possible as well. Eric Rosenzweig, CIO of Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., predicts an increased use of handheld technology for regular processes like inventorying, temperature-taking, training, and hiring, reducing the amount of paper used day-to-day.
Rosenzweig also predicts a switch from cloud technology to a reliance on wireless networking thanks to the lower cost and comparable dependability of the latter.