Uber has received federal approval to start testing food delivery by drone in San Diego, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said. The plan is part of a larger project involving 10 state, tribal and local governments and companies including FedEx and Google parent Alphabet.
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More restaurants are using digital inventory-management and ordering systems such as ChefMod and SimpleOrder to create efficiencies and allow extra time to focus on food. "The back of the house is coming into the technological age," said Jack Keller, kitchen manager at Helen Greek Food and Wine in Houston.
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Taco Bell was an early quickservice adopter of digital ordering and mobile payment, and the chain aims to stay ahead of the curve with initiatives dubbed "All Access," said Senior Director Rafik Hanna. One key to Taco Bell's digital success is starting small and working out the bugs before deploying new features systemwide, he said.
Square is starting a cloud-based platform for full-service restaurants that will process payments and help managers with features such as updating menus and splitting tips. The full-service segment of the restaurant industry was expected to book about $799 billion in 2017 sales, according to the National Restaurant Association.
A new Google Maps feature called "For You" will give users information on local restaurants, including which eateries are trending, and offer a second feature dubbed "Your Match," which will score spots based on where diners have gone before. Users can also add their favorites to shareable lists.
Companies can go beyond penetration testing to uncover cybersecurity weaknesses using a process called red teaming. This involves simulating cyberattacks to test systems, as well as physical measures such as seeing if employees will share passwords with questionable outsiders, writes Rob Embers, chief commercial officer at Dionach.
Venture capital firms and major food players such as Kellogg's and Tyson Foods are increasingly seeking to invest in food startups catering to consumers' craving for healthier options. Investors look for flavorful options and brands whose values resonate with consumers, said Carole Buyers, co-founder and managing partner at BIGR Ventures.
What, after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage to advocate them.