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AI powered convenience store chain Re-Up teams with Nala Robotics to deploy autonomous kitchens

AI powered gas stations and convenience stores specialist, Re-Up, is installing autonomous chefs at locations powered by Nala Robotics.

The Wingman is an autonomous fry station that can be added or configured to any restaurant or commercial food service operation.

Re-Up will leverage Nala Robotics’ artificial intelligence technology to enhance its food service offerings, enabling customers to enjoy freshly prepared, fully customisable, fried chicken, french fries and other menu items on demand, without human intervention.

The announcement comes on the heels of Re-Up’s opening of its inaugural location in Melbourne, Florida.

Nala Robotics’ virtual kitchens are equipped with advanced sensors, precision cooking mechanisms, and machine learning algorithms, allowing its robotic chefs to autonomously prepare a wide range of menu items.

In addition to on-premises ordering via multi-modal kiosk, restaurants can create virtual storefronts for remote transactions through a website or online food ordering and delivery platform.

“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,” says Michael Salafia, Founder and Managing Director at Re-Up.

“By harnessing the power of AI, we are able to provide our customers with convenient, personalised, and safe shopping and dining experiences. We believe this groundbreaking concept will revolutionise the way people shop and fuel up.”

“Our expansion efforts at Re-Up are proceeding at an accelerated pace. We aim to procure 25-30 additional stores by the end of 2024 and more than 200 stores in the coming years,” says Narendra Manney, Co-Founder and President at Re-Up.

“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.”

“Our agreement with Re-Up underscores both companies’ commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction and will deliver better outcomes for both operator and consumer,” says Ajay Sunkara, CEO at Nala Robotics.

“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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