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Dining at the Speed of Tech: Elevating Quick Service Restaurants

In the competitive world of quick service restaurants (QSRs), understanding and catering to the next generation of customers is crucial. These customers, already a dominant force, aren’t just after fast food; they’re looking for a fast, tech-integrated dining experience that matches their digital-first lifestyle. Below, we will outline key strategies QSRs need to implement to win over this tech-savvy crowd, aiming to increase customer loyalty, enhance average guest spend, and create a standout experience that sets them apart from the competition.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Customer Experience Enhancement with AI

Voice-Text Ordering Systems: AI-driven systems are transforming order placements, significantly enhancing accuracy and reducing wait times. A study by Marasabessy (2024) concluded that AI has a significant positive impact on customer experience, affecting dimensions such as immersion, flow, cognitive fit, and emotional fit.

Operational Efficiency through AI

Inventory and Pricing Strategies: AI streamlines inventory management and optimizes pricing strategies. Wu et al. (2024) identified that AI experience quality positively influences customer satisfaction and AI-seeking intention in community canteens.


Food Delivery Innovations

• Autonomous Delivery Vehicles: Introduction of electric, autonomous on-road last-mile delivery vehicles.
• Electric Two-Wheel Delivery Bikes: Deployment of electric two-wheel delivery bikes for efficient and sustainable food delivery.

Drive-Thru and In-Store Innovations

• Mobile Order-Ahead Capabilities: Enhancements in mobile ordering systems to streamline the drive-thru experience.
• AI-Powered Ordering Systems: Use of AI to improve order accuracy and reduce wait times at drive-thrus.
• Tableside Ordering Technology: Implementation of technology to allow customers to order directly from their table, enhancing the in-dining experience.

Digital Transformation

• Digital Menus: Transition to digital menus for cost savings and real-time updates. Daradkeh et al. (2023) highlighted the crucial role of digital transformation capabilities in creating dynamic customer value in fast-food restaurants.
• Geofencing for Personalized Promotions: Use of geofencing technology to engage customers with targeted marketing, enhancing loyalty and repeat business.


Eco-Friendly Kitchen Technologies

• Hoodless Kitchen Technology: Adoption of technology to reduce energy consumption and operational costs. Montesdeoca Calderon (2024) identified segments of restaurants based on sustainability-service innovation interrelation, emphasizing the importance of tailored sustainability initiatives.

Sustainable Practices in Operations

• Locally Sourced Ingredients: Emphasis on using locally sourced ingredients to reduce environmental impact.
• Sustainable Materials in Dining Spaces: Use of sustainable materials in dining spaces to promote environmental stewardship. Hao et al. (2024) demonstrated that blockchain technology enhances customer satisfaction through increased transparency in food safety and quality, contributing to a more sustainable dining experience.


The QSR industry in 2024 is at the intersection of innovation and sustainability, with technology serving as the backbone of this transformation. These advancements not only cater to the growing demand for efficiency and convenience but also reflect a deeper commitment to environmental responsibility and personalized customer experiences. Supported by various studies, the trends indicate a dynamic, sustainable, and customer-focused future for quick-service dining.

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