Automation promises to revolutionize the restaurant industry with innovative robotics methods that will cut costs and enhance profitability in an industry known for its small margins. Labor shortages and rising wages only promises to accelerate this trend, that will not only effect restaurants, but the broader food and beverage market as well.

Last month, Softbank entered talks with startup Zume, offering a blockbuster investment of anywhere from $500 million to $700 million. Zume, a fully automated pizza delivery service, plans to transform the industry with their patent for delivery trucks capable of cooking food while en route to customers. And Zume isn’t alone in their quest for fast food optimization. Pizza Hut and Dominoes have experimented with robots as well. Beyond Pizza, chain brands like Subway and McDonald’s, have been rolling out plans to transform thousands of restaurant locations nationwide. Even gourmet burger boutiques are getting in on the action . . .

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