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Sodexo launches AiFi powered Eat>NOW autonomous grocery stores

Sodexo will bring eat>NOW autonomous grocery stores, high tech vending machines, and virtual dining concepts delivered by robots to campuses across the US this spring. 

“Students want three things: convenience, choice, and quality – often in that order,” says Kevin Rettle, Global Vice President, Sodexo Innovation and Digital, Universities. 

“Sodexo is in the business of helping our clients meet those needs head on, so we’re introducing campuses to the latest in innovative foodservice with eat>NOW autonomous grocery stores, high tech vending, partnering with the top brands that students are looking for, and delivering it to their doors.”

Eat>NOW stores

In partnership with AiFi, Sodexo is introducing eat>NOW, a checkout-free grocery and convenience offer.

Among the first campuses to host this AI powered experience is the University of Denver with a grand opening on 6th April.

“We’re proud to partner with Sodexo, a leader in innovating campus foodservice,” says Steve Gu, AiFi’s CEO and Co-founder.

“This partnership allows us to bring our leading technology to campuses across the country with a proven leader in food services. With Sodexo, we can bring today’s students the ultimate convenience they’re looking for.”

Autonomous restaurants 

The result of a tie up with Yo Kai Express, Sodexo clients will now be able to offer students vending machines, with 80-plus ramen and udon noodle bowl combinations. 

Already on campuses, including New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, Yo Kai Express kiosks allow guests to place their orders and make payments via touchscreen.

With this technology, Sodexo is able to provide students with 24/7 access to meals, particularly late at night when demand is highest and options are limited.  

Virtual Dining Concepts 

Teaming with Virtual Dining Concepts, Sodexo will now offer campuses three delivery only options available on its Bite app for universities. 

Virtual Dining Concepts is a collection of concepts such as MrBeast Burger, Mariah’s Cookies, and Buddy V’s Cake Slice.

These are currently in place on Sodexo campuses like Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

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