Across the world of foodservice, robots are getting hired for the jobs us pathetic humans used to do.
What’s the driving force behind it? Price, novelty, oh and fewer mistakes. To err is human after all. Here are five jobs that robots are sneaking their wheelie feet in the door with and the countries that are hosting them.
1. Sweden: Kebab Slicing Robot
This bad boy was on display at the FastFood & Café Expo in Stockholm. It makes the perfect cut of shoarma meat so your employees don’t have to!
2. France: Ordering Kiosk
France, which boasts some of the best labor rights in the world, is also the country which has the most ordering kiosks. In fast food restaurants, touchscreen automated kiosks are commonplace. A representative at SoftCaisse explained that ‘hiring’ a kiosk is about 3 times more cost effective than hiring a human. Plus, you don’t have to put up with their whining or worry about them showing up on time!
3. Italy: 24/7 Automated Pizzaiolo
Many of the pizza vending machines on the market today finish baking a par-baked or even fully prepared fresh pizza. But Let’s Pizza lets you have the full experience of watching a pizzaiolo through a pizza shop window, except it’s a robot doing the job. This pizza only takes 2.5 minutes to be mixed, topped and baked which begs the question, why would you use one of these if you’re in Italy?
4. Australia: Robot Pizza Delivery
Now launched at Domino’s in Germany and the Netherlands, Domino’s delivery robot DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) is taking to the sidewalks. The droid was first developed with the help of an Australian company using “military technology” and has proven to be less dangerous, less regulation bound and much cuter than delivery drones.
5. San Francisco: Sandwich making machine
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches can be SO complicated. Now with the Bistrobot, located in San Franciso’s Bernal Heights district, you can have a machine make one for you. It looks like the company hasn’t advanced with more sandwich building technology since 2015 or maybe they’re just keeping their next product… under wraps.