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Industry News Roundup: Amazon Takes On Delivery, Restaurants Ramp Up On Digital Communication, And More

Written by
Will Harmon

Amazon sets sights on food delivery


Amazon's jounrney into the foodservice industry began with their acquisition of Whole Foodsearlier this year. Now, they're continuing their takeover of the food industry from another angle. The e-commerce giant announced a partnership with Olo, an online food ordering company, just last week.

This isn't Amazon's first attempt at getting into delivery. Amazon Restaurants never caught steam, and largely went unnoticed by Amazon's customers. However, this partnership with Olo could give the company access to a network of over 200 restaurant brands and about 40,000 locations.

Over 60 million consumers use Olo to order ahead. Olo's major clients include: Applebee’s, Chili’s, Chipotle, Denny’s, Five Guys, Jamba Juice, Shake Shack, Noodles & Company, Red Robin, Sweetgreen, and Wing Stop. Amazon recently purchased Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion.

Full article: Amazon Makes a Major Push Into Food Delivery

Restaurants are starting to prioritize digital communication


Restaurants are constantly changing their menu items and promotions while jumping through FDA regulation hoops. Digital communication allows restaurants to quickly and easily change or tweak content in real-time.

Over the past several years, we've seen great strides in technology integration in restaurants such as digital menus, table-side tablets, mobile applications and more.

With the quick integration of technologies into restaurants over the past several years, this future is here. Software companies like BlueCart exist to serve restaurants in the hospitality space. By offering mobile purchasing, inventory management, and the ability to check-in orders, BlueCart aims to usher in an age of efficient communication where chefs and restaurants managers don't need to take inventory and place orders with the help of pen and paper. To learn more about BlueCart's suite of solutions for restaurants, check out this link.

Full article: The future of digital communications in restaurants: Touch, signage, entertainment

New Fall restaurant trends that you need to take advantage of


Fall is upon us and we want to give you the tools you need to have a successful autumn. New seasons bring new tastes, and beyond a few no-brainers like pumpkin, mint, and dark chocolate flavors, there are few industry-wide trends that are taking the food industry by storm. 6 new trends that are shifting consumer demand are:

  • flavored mineral-rich water
  • everything bagels
  • soup-to-go
  • Moroccan flavors
  • mini treats
  • meal kits

For a more in-depth look at these popular food trends, check out the full article below.

Full article: 6 Food Trends That Are About to Be Huge This Fall

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