Everyone in the past saw most of the sci-fi pictures and movies that things only thought of in Hollywood. No one ever thought it would come to pass, but all saw the benefits if it would. Now we see in real life what only was in the movies, and making pizza is now innovated through a robot making and serving automatic pizza.
PizzaForno has changed the game of serving pizzas in North America when they introduced the technology to North America after it had been in Europe for over a decade. With over 70 units in the market currently, PizzaForno aims to have 500 across the U.S. by the end of 2023 and 20,000 robotic pizzerias operational by 2026.
How Does It Work?
No, this is not a robot built like a human, but instead made like a pizza vending machine. It has a menu like a restaurant. People walk up to the machine and choose the pizza they want. When the choice is made, the machine finds out the method of payment. Most people today pay with debit or credit cards. This moves the process along quickly and conveniently.
All pizzas are stored in the refrigerated section to keep the product fresh. The machine remembers the order, the robotic arm selects the chosen pizza and allows the customer the option to take it and bake it elsewhere or to bake it fresh on location in under three minutes. An arm then picks up the pizza and puts it in a pick-up section where the person can grab it to go like any other vending machine.
There is an option for those who want a cold pizza to serve at a later date and time. They heat up the pizza at home or wherever they are serving it.
Where is PizzaForno Found?
The robot pizzerias are found all over France and Canada, and it is sweeping across the U.S. The company's CEO expects the sweep to take effect from California to Florida. They expect to put up more locations in several unique locations, like hospitals, colleges, businesses, busy street corners, and other areas where foot traffic is high. It seems as if they are working on going worldwide.
Effects on the Job Industry
The CEO questioned whether the machine would run the pizza industry out of business or cause workers to lose their jobs. They countered that workers weren't showing up for their jobs anyway and that it would not hurt the pizza industry but would add jobs as the pizzas still need to be produced and the robotic pizzeria still needs to be stocked and serviced. There will also have to be workers to work on the machine if it breaks or if something should go wrong.
This is the only downside of robots handling our businesses. Repairing a broken machine is expensive but cheaper than hiring a full-time worker. The truth is it is harder to find workers now in the serving and food sectors. There was almost a two percent drop in the last year alone from good help. Since Covid-19, things have been on the downside regarding keeping workers.
On the plus side, we can look at these and outweigh the bad things of having a robot versus a human worker.
After review, it is clear PizzaForno is going to sweep the world.