Artificial intelligence (AI) has been making waves across various industries for several years now, and the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry is no exception. With consumers demanding fast and efficient service, the QSR industry is continually looking for ways to improve operations, and AI presents a perfect solution to many of its challenges.
Despite the initial apprehension surrounding AI and its impact on the workforce, it is clear that AI is here to stay and is quickly evolving. So why not embrace it and use it to gain a competitive edge in the QSR industry?
The drive-thru is one of the locations that AI is helping to optimize efficiencies from, reducing wait times and increasing customer satisfaction. By using AI-powered, computer vision technology, orders can be taken and processed quickly and accurately by feeding real time data to staff who know they can rely on the information they receive.
AI can also help streamline the ordering and payment processes within the restaurant. Self-service kiosks can be used to place orders and make payments, allowing customers to skip the queue and reducing the time spent at the restaurant. A great advantage of AI in self ordering kiosks is the ability to provide order prompts to encourage upsell and cross sell options to drive revenue growth.
The Kitchen is also a good place to help improve operations. AI-powered kitchen automation and computer vision tools can help QSR businesses streamline their food preparation processes. By using AI to monitor inventory levels and track order demand, QSRs can ensure they always have the necessary ingredients on hand to fulfill orders efficiently.
Finally, AI can be used to optimize operations in QSR. Machine learning algorithms can analyze data on customer behavior, inventory, and sales to forecast demand, manage inventory levels, and reduce waste. This technology can also be used to optimize staff schedules, ensuring that the right number of staff are working at the right time to meet customer demand and reduce labor costs.
AI is here to stay, and QSR businesses should embrace it to gain a competitive edge. From optimizing efficiency in the drive-thru and restaurant to automating kitchen processes and receiving better, more accurate data that staff can rely on. AI has the potential to revolutionize the way QSR businesses operate. By embracing AI, restaurants can improve their operations, increase customer satisfaction, and ultimately, drive business growth.
At Fingermark we have been using AI for over 6 years to help leading QSR’s gain a competitive edge. To find out more click here.