• CKE Restaurants Names QSR Automations Kitchen Display Software and Hardware as Preferred Platform

LOUISVILLE, KY (December 8, 2011) — QSR Automations®, provider of the ConnectSmart® in-store, online, and mobile connected technology solutions for restaurant businesses worldwide, announces its kitchen display software and hardware has been established by CKE Restaurants, Inc. as the preferred kitchen technology platform.  A company known for premium quality  within its popular quick service restaurant brands – including Hardee’s®, Red Burrito®, Carl’s Jr.®, and Green Burrito® – CKE is recommending the QSR kitchen display solution to its franchisees and licensees of all brands within the U.S. and internationally.  

Already in use within all 468 company-operated Hardee’s restaurants as well as hundreds of franchised Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants located in the U.S., Mexico, and China, CKE is now making it easier for its franchisees to implement the QSR kitchen display solution.  Franchisees with a CKE corporate support agreement now also have an option to source the QSR solution through the CKE purchasing cooperatives.  

“Kitchen technology is essential for a successful quick service restaurant,” said Jeffrey P. Chasney, executive vice president of strategic planning and chief information officer for CKE Restaurants.  “QSR’s kitchen display solution ensures our restaurants can effectively manage the kitchen, producing quality products in a speedy fashion.  Most importantly, with such advanced features as summary capabilities and alerts, the solution allows our team members to focus, and the system is designed for the highest reliability.” 

CKE’s selected QSR solution includes the ePic® Kitchen Display Software (ePic KDS) along with reliable xCeed® kitchen controllers, durable keypads, bracketing, and the ConnectSmart® ControlPoint hardware management tool.  Restaurants around the globe experience significant benefits from the definable kitchen station screens, abundant routing options, and easily accessible production data of QSR’s ePic KDS.  QSR's dependable kitchen display hardware is built specifically for the harshest and hottest kitchens.  A highly intuitive software tool, QSR’s ControlPoint enables quick configuration, advanced real-time diagnostics, and the ability to perform updates for the QSR hardware while creating a plug-and-play environment that simplifies implementation and ongoing support.  QSR also provides customized staging services for CKE’s restaurants. 

Chasney continued, “With robust and reliable features as well as extensive interfaces with a number of point-of-sale systems, QSR’s kitchen display software and hardware solution helps ensure we have the flexibility we need for today and the future.  We can now have one common platform for kitchen management, which eases training and reporting.” 

With a system that includes more than 3,000 locations in 43 states and in 13 countries, CKE’s restaurants utilize a number of different point-of-sale systems.  Additionally, to spice things up, CKE’s growth plans include adding both single and dual-branded restaurants, featuring Mexican fare from Red Burrito with Hardee’s and Green Burrito with Carl’s Jr.  CKE and its franchisees can easily implement QSR’s customizable kitchen display solution within all of its single- and dual-branded restaurants, and different restaurant technology configurations.  

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