Video walls, drive-thru kiosks hot menu items at NRA14

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Digital signage video walls and touchscreen self-order drive-thru kiosks were among the technology highlights at this year's National Restaurant Association show.

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Hot Dog on a Stick testing new store model, breakfast

Sixty-six-year-old concept experiments with drive-thru, domestic franchising.

Drive-thru usage up, speed of service down

Chains add technology, double lanes to expedite orders.

Value Menu: The top 12 benefits of digital menu boards [Infographic]

We surveyed QSR and fast casual operators to learn the top benefits of digital menu boards. We turned the results into this cool infographic.

Seattle's Best Coffee launches new drive-thru concept

The brand is also offering fresh-baked muffins, cookies, multigrain bars, breakfast sandwiches and snack items.

Webinar: Digital drive-thru menu boards maximize messaging

As more QSRs explore digital technology, there are key considerations to keep in mind.

Order hear: Culver's adds more accessible drive-thrus

About 60 restaurants are now equipped with a system that makes it easier for the deaf and hearing impaired to order.

Culver's adds OrderAssist for drive-thrus

Some Culver’s franchisees are taking a proactive approach in accommodating their guests with hearing impairments. About 60 operators in the 440-unit chain have implemented Order Assist, a drive-thru system that makes it easier for those with hearing loss to place their orders.

Commentary: Digital menus create memorable drive-thru experience

Tips on how to use digital signage to boost drive-thru sales.

NRA 2011: NEC's digital sign for drive-thru

The ultra-large set of panels is found at various McDonald's locations across the United States. The deployment was the largest in the world.

McDonald's Europe expects kiosks to increase jobs

More than 800 kiosks are taking orders -- not jobs -- at McDonald's restaurants throughout Europe.

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NEWS


Revel Systems launches tablet POS for drive-thru operations

Revel Systems has introduced a tablet POS specifically created for the drive-thru. The Video Drive-Through POS operates with three iPad devices, including Revel’s QSR iPad POS terminal.

Panasonic introduces new drive-thru communication system

Panasonic System Communications Company of North America today announced its latest drive-thru communications system, Attune II. Based on the Attune system, the Attune II includes significant upgrades to enhance customer satisfaction through improved speed of service and order accuracy in...

Hot Dog on a Stick opens first California drive-thru unit

Hot Dog on a Stick has opened its first drive-thru location in California. The Hesperia, Calif., unit will celebrate its grand opening on "National Drive-Thru Day" July 24 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The location will also offer specials through July 26.

EMX launches new drive-thru vehicle sensor

EMX Industries Inc. has launched a new Ultrasonic Vehicle Detector system, USVD-4X.

Taco Bell franchisee standardizes Panasonic drive-thru communication system

Desert de Oro Foods, a Taco Bell franchisee, has experienced improved drive-thru communications and efficiencies after installing Panasonic Attune systems at 10 units, and has decided to standardize the systems for all refreshes and new builds. Panasonic Attune includes four...

Carl's Jr. franchisee deploys drive-thru timing solution

Star Chasers of Oklahoma Inc., a 38-unit Carl's Jr. franchisee, recently implemented Mirius' Enterprise Solutions to extract timing data from its legacy drive-thru timer systems in order to spot opportunities and problems. Since April of 2009, Star Chasers has used...

Seattle's Best unveils drive-thru store model

Seattle's Best Coffee, part of Starbucks Corporation, has introduced a new store design that features drive-thru and walk-up only. The smaller model is less than 600 square feet, which is 65 percent smaller than its traditional store model. According to...

New Jersey town mulls drive-thru ban

Officials in Cresskill, N.J., a town of about 8,500 people located just north of New York City, are mulling a ban on drive-thrus. According to NorthJersey.com, the proposal stems from traffic congestion from existing drive-thru establishments, including a pharmacy, a...

Shoney's unveils new on-the-go concept

Shoney's new concept – Shoney's On The Go – hosted a Grand Opening celebration today in Houston. Shoney's On-The-Go was designed for busy Americans and includes the 65-year-old brand's signature breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. It also includes drive-thru and...

Rex's Chicken reports 9 percent sales growth

Beautiful Brands International (BBI) is celebrating the second anniversary of Rex's Chicken this week at its current location in Tulsa, Okla. The anniversary, which marks the resurgence of the once popular local brand, includes the announcement of a 9-percent increase...

Delphi Display Systems introduces new wireless headset system

Delphi Display Systems Inc. has announced the launch of its Insight Inform wireless drive-thru headset system, which is the latest component of Delphi's fully integrated Insight QSR platform. The Insight platform supports all the key drive-thru functions including: order confirmation...

Rally's undergoing restaurant reimaging

Tampa, Fla.-based Rally's Restaurants is in the middle of a remodeling effort, unveiling its new design in select markets throughout the country. In Cleveland, for example, the Rally's reimage was unveiled June 30, according to the Cleveland Heights Patch. The...

Delphi introduces new order confirmation system

Delphi Display Systems Inc. has introduced its latest model Order Confirmation display technology, called Endura, for improving order accuracy and speed-of-service at quick-service restaurant drive-thrus. Endura features a 15-inch LCD with a proprietary LED backlight system that is designed to...

McDonald's names Equipment Supplier of the Year

McDonald's has named HM Electronics Inc. (HME) as its 2011 Equipment Supplier of the Year.

Cold Stone items now available at co-branded Tim Hortons drive-thrus

Drive-thrus at close to 100 co-branded Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery restaurants across Canada are now serving Cold Stone Creamery ice cream treats. "More than half of Tim Hortons' guests use the convenience of a drive-thru every day. Now,...

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