Eye on Industry – Episode 11: Robotics as a Service – Give Pizza a Chance

On our eleventh episode of the IE Eye on Industry podcast, we’ve sat down with the CEO of Picnic, a Seattle-based company that’s been innovating the food and beverage industry since 2016. A leader in industrial food automation, Picnic has created the first-of-its-kind intelligent end-to-end automated assembly platform, otherwise known as: a pizza-making robot.

Clayton Wood, the CEO of Picnic, has assembled a team of proven success in complex global, multi-site and technology-driven organizations at companies such as Honeywell, Naverus (of GE), Planetary Power and iUNU. With a leadership team of experts in hardware, software, design and robotics, Picnic has married deep learning AI technology with the insatiable desire for high-quality food to produce a product that meets customer demand while reducing waste from the industry’s usual 10% to Picnic’s impressive 1%. 

We’ll be taking a deep dive into how the Picnic Pizza System is helping to turn a corner in the labor and working conditions crisis that have only been exacerbated over the last year. We’ll also talk about data analytics and how that integration with S&OP is helping to create good quality, customizable pizzas on a consistent basis for the customer. Last but not least, what is the price tag for something this innovative? Clayton walks through how the RaaS (Robotics as a Service) is modeled to grow EBITDA and sales, reduce costs and improve ROI immediately – there is no payback period. 

Whether you take pineapple or pepperoni, Picnic is for all pizza lovers. 

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