News: Recent Restaurant Technology Headlines 5/28/06

Recent News:

Touch-Free Technology (May 28th, 2006)

"It’s the Sanidoor. Just wave your hand in front of the sensor and the door swings open without you having to touch the handle." (Central Florida News 13)

Cutting corners with technology (May 25, 2006)

"Be it the use of gadgets that plump bottom lines or software to keep an eagle eye at each point on the value chain, the verdict is clear. The industry has to keep abreast of innovations, lest it wants to be left behind due to changing trends, both in terms of customer service and production methods." (Express Hospitality)

BD's chain solicits guest feedback with electronic comment cards (May 8th, 2006)

"Seeking more feedback from more diners, some operators are replacing paper comment cards and other traditional customer survey methods with automated systems designed to elicit patrons' opinions before they exit the restaurant" (Nation's Restaurant News) [via FindArticles.com]

Press Releases:

SonicRecruit Serves Up New Solution to Restaurant Industry (May 25, 2006)

"The new SonicRecruit Entree offers a menu of HR and recruiting solutions specifically designed to provide restaurants with outstanding servers, superb kitchen talent and quality managers." (MarketWire)

With Dell, Ruby Tuesday Reinvents Its Dining Experience; Restaurant Improves Operations and Service by Partnering With Dell (May 23, 2006)

"Ruby Tuesday chose Dell to provide hardware as well as installation and project management services. The company purchased bundled kitchen and bar display systems from Dell. Each Ruby Tuesday restaurant uses three to four kitchen systems and one bar system, with more than 3,500 systems nationwide." (BusinessWire)

Restaurant Patrons Pay Faster, More Securely With VeriFone ON THE SPOT Solution; Cards Stay in Customers' Hands at Any Point of Service with New Restaurant Payment Systems (May 22, 2006)

"At the National Restaurant Association Show 2006 in Chicago today, the company launched two new products that enable payment ON THE SPOT: the Vx 670 for pay at the table, carside service and home delivery, and the QX720 for drive-thru lanes. Both systems allow consumers to swipe their own credit or PIN-based debit cards when paying for their meals, eliminating the need to hand over the card to a server or cashier. (BusinessWire)

Note: As a new part of this blog's expanded focus, we'll be refining future "Headline" posts. They should occur every few days. Please feel free to share your opinion.

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