Canadians want indoor dining, technology, and to support local

Canadians are looking forward to returning to restaurants as long as safety measures are in place finds the 2021 Discerning Diner Report from Angus Reid and Restaurants Canada. In particular, 89 per cent of Canadians are looking forward to eating out with friends and family, with 64 per cent going so far as to say […]

Comparing merchant services and POS systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has had many far-reaching impacts on foodservice and hospitality. One of them is the proliferation of POS systems. The industry was already trending towards technological innovation in both front and back of house before the last 18 months, but revamping POS systems has become an increased focus for many operators since the […]

Restaurant takeaways: what we learned from takeout

By Mo Chaar Closures and restrictions during the pandemic left many restaurants in dire straits in 2020 as they fought to retain customers and reach new audiences. In many cities, the fact that offering takeout and delivery was the only means of service forced restaurants to pivot quickly and develop new and creative ways to […]

QSR diners prefer engaging with staff over technology

A new white paper from JLL’s Big Red Rooster has suggested that diners still prefer engaging with staff at quick-service restaurants (QSR) to a fully technological experience. Most consumers still prefer working with staff throughout their dining experience, reports the research. Over half (54 per cent) want help navigating the menu, 59 per cent want […]

The increasing importance of loyalty programs

Loyalty programs have become a vital tool for many restaurant operations. They’re nothing new in the foodservice space, but they are certainly evolving as a differentiator in a crowded industry. Not only providing an incentive for customers to come back and spend more money but also making it easier for them to do so in […]

What Canadian hospitality can learn from Australia

By Peter Dougherty This time last year, the future of the Canadian hospitality business — and hospitality in general — seemed unsure. Fortunately, things have changed. The hospitality industry is re-emerging to serve Canadians who are excited to be back at their favourite restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. But we’re not out of the woods […]

Swiss Chalet launches virtual mobile experience

Canadian casual dining chain Swiss Chalet is launching a new augmented reality (AR) experience through its mobile app. Chalet World will be available exclusively on the Swiss Chalet mobile app and will take guests beyond mealtime to offer them “a fun and interactive way to play games and discover surprises”. The feature will include “The […]

The 360-degree dining experience & the new climate of guest impulse

By Laurent May Restaurants across the country are reopening and the hospitality industry is reemerging in a post-pandemic world. However, guest expectations have shifted as new technology was introduced over the pandemic to keep dining guests comfortable and safe. On-premise guest experience is traditionally guided by the server, as they drive the service from beginning […]

Restaurant technology: What to invest in & what to skip

By Mo Chaar The restaurant industry is an ever-changing technological landscape. The pandemic has shifted guest expectations and restaurants are now required to be tech-savvy and offer online ordering, pay-at-the-table functions, third-party delivery, and more. However, with restaurants already struggling in the current climate, most businesses don’t have the financial resources to invest in expensive […]

The Instagram Effect: How social media impacts foodservice

By Sylvia Tomczak Influencers, inspiration, and innovation — that’s all part of the Instagram effect. The way we consume media has changed drastically in the last decade, pushing further away from print and closer toward digitally-driven media. As generations like Gen Z are raised on technology and computer culture, the world is continuing to undergo […]