China's Restaurant Robots
|Source: Haidilao's Restaurant in Beijing|
China's hottest restaurant chain by sales Haidilao is rolling out robot staffed and operated restaurants. The chain has more than 360 restaurants globally including in the US, Japan and Taiwan. It recently opened Beijing's first robot staffed restaurant and looks to spread the concept across its system, starting first in China.
Partnership with Panasonic
Haidilao is partnering with Panasonic to automate its restaurants. It's deploying robots taking orders, preparing and delivering meals, from a fully automated kitchen. The billionaire founder Zhang Yong says the technology is allowing him to run more efficient, lower cost restaurants. His goal is to utilize the cost savings and efficiencies to roll out 5000 restaurants globally. This is a megatrend in the global restaurant industry. The question is: should you tip your robot waiter? That's totally up to you.