US convenience store chain to deploy autonomous kitchens

Re-Up, an American AI-powered convenience store chain, has announced it will be installing autonomous robotic chefs at several locations.

Powered by Nala Robotics, The Wingman is an autonomous fry station that is set to enhance Re-Up’s food service offerings, enabling customers to enjoy freshly prepared, fully customizable, fried chicken, french fries, and other menu items on demand quickly, easily, and without human intervention.

Michael Salafia, Founder and Managing Director of Re-Up, said by harnessing the power of AI, they are able to provide customers with convenient, personalised, and safe shopping and dining experiences.

“As the c-store for the new generation – offering clean and healthy alternatives to the traditional convenience retail experience, we are thrilled to partner with Nala Robotics.”

Re-Up says the integration of The Wingman will enable faster service, reduced wait times, and enhanced food quality.

Narendra Manney, Co-Founder and President of Re-Up, said expansion efforts at Re-Up are proceeding at an accelerated pace with an aim to procure 25-30 additional stores (it currently has nine open) by the end of 2024 and over 200 stores in the coming years.

“The integration of robotics kitchens stands as a pivotal strategy in our modernisation initiative, enabling us to enhance operational efficiency and deliver seamless services while upholding unwavering quality standards around the clock.”

Ajay Sunkara, CEO of Nala Robotics, said the agreement with Re-Up underscores both companies’ commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction and will deliver better outcomes for both operator and consumer.

“The Wingman doesn’t get sick, can work around the clock and can cook any dish efficiently all the time, improving on quality and saving on labour costs. At the same time, customers get to choose from an assortment of great-tasting food items just the way they like it.”

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