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Hungry startup uses robots to grab slice of pizza market

Thursday, November 3, 2016

By Terence Chea

The Associated Press, reprinted in The Register Guard

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Did robots help make your pizza?

If you ordered it from Silicon Valley’s Zume Pizza, the answer is yes…

Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots…

Inside its commercial kitchen in Mountain View, pizza dough travels down a conveyer belt where machines add the sauce, spread it and later carefully slide the uncooked pies into an 800-degree oven.

The startup will soon add robots to prep the dough, add cheese and toppings, take pizzas out of the oven, cut them into slices and box them for delivery…

In Silicon Valley and beyond, tech startups are building robots to help reduce labor costs, speed production and improve safety in the restaurant industry.

San Francisco-based Momentum Machines is building robots to make gourmet hamburgers, and BistroBot, another San Francisco startup, has designed a machine that makes sandwiches while customers watch…

We Respond & Your Comments

We at Lane Solutions have predicted this for years. Economist Dr. Eric Fruits (see Debunking Oregon’s glowing job growth” above) warned us that excessive regulation would “choke off jobs.” Now, in this report from Mountain View, we see living proof of the inevitable results of these minimum wage hikes, mandated sick pay and other job-killing “feel good” policies.

Fortunately, Zume Pizza was able to move displaced employees into other jobs. But reality persists: these robots are performing functions that could have been performed by new hires.

So let’s use our ballots to tell our wannabe Warren Buffets in Salem, who think they know how businesses should be run, that robots are soon coming to pizza parlors near them.


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