Sally the Salad Robot

Sally the Salad Robot

August 26, 2020

Are you missing your self-serve salad bar because of the pandemic?  Maybe technology can get you the salad of your dreams.

Chowbotics has created a self-serve salad robot called Sally The Salad Robot.   Sally can be filled with 22 canisters of various items, with over 150 ingredients that are approved for the containers.   Through a touch screen, the user can combine these 22 ingredients into a variety of feature salads, grain bowls, yogurt bowls, and snacks.  Over 1,000 possible bowls can be made by combining these 22 items in different ways with Sally.  You can select a predetermined recipe, or combine the items to make your own unique creation.

Sally the Salad Robot has an expanded appeal with the presence of Covid-19.  Many locations have eliminated their self-serve salad bars for safety reasons. But, the demand for customized salad remains.  As a result, Sally the Salad Robot is very attractive for several industries, including the food department in supermarkets like ShopRite, in hospitals, and in higher education.


Video Spotlight: The Salad Station’s rapid brand expansion through the 24/7 salad robot. (Nov 27, 2019, chowbotics)


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Lines at Airports are Breeding Grounds for Infections

Lines at Airports are Breeding Grounds for Infections

The sudden return of US citizens and permanent residents created havoc at the major airports.

The coronavirus outbreak prompted the US government to urge its citizens sojourning in Europe to come back before travel restrictions came into effect. The ultimatum caused unusually large numbers of travelers to crowd airports that were unprepared and thus understaffed for this surge. As a result, travelers had to wait in long lines before medical screening and immigration, thereby breaking all rules of safe distancing during a pandemic.


Video Spotlight: Exasperatingly long wait lines at DFW


This post is based on the npr.org article, Travelers Greeted with Hours-Long Airport Lines as Coronavirus Screenings Begin, by B. Allyn, March 15, 2020, and the YouTube video, Travelers Frustrated after New Coronavirus Screening Procedure Causes Hours-Long Wait at DFW Airport, by WFAA, March 14, 2020. Image source: Andrew Bret Wallis/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the factors that contributed to long lines?

Guidance: Wait lines are caused by insufficient capacity to meet demand as well as variability in arrivals and service. In this instance, the sudden surge in arrivals was unexpected and so was the additional time for medical screening. Longer and more Continue reading

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Will the Chicken Sandwich War Continue into 2020?

Will the Chicken Sandwich War Continue into 2020?

February 2, 2020

For the fast food industry, 2019 will go down as the year of the Chicken Sandwich War.

It started on August 12, 2019 when Popeyes introduced a new chicken sandwich.  What first appeared to be another in a long line of additions to fast food menus quickly escalated.  Fueled by several tweets back and forth between Popeyes and Chick-fil-A, plus critics and others raving about the new sandwich, Popeyes experienced long lines and large increases in sales.

Unfortunately, Popeyes quickly ran out of chicken sandwiches nationally.  The demand was too great for its supply chain to handle.  Restaurants stopped serving the chicken sandwiches and waited for their supply chain to catch up.

On National Sandwich Day (Sunday, November 3, 2019) Popeyes re-introduced its chicken sandwich.  This, coupled with Chick-fil-A social media promoting National Sandwich Day that happened to fall on a Sunday when its restaurants are closed, created quite a stir.  Customers flocked to Popeyes to try out the chicken sandwich.  Many had missed the opportunity during the original introduction.

It appears that the Chicken Sandwich Wars will continue into 2020.  Chicken sandwiches are still growing in popularity, and competitors Continue reading

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