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Building the Right Tech Stack-FODC Panelists Share Advice - Food On Demand

Integration is the name of the game for point of sale or POS systems, as one restaurant client of Toast described via video at the Food On Demand Conference. "So prior to Toast we trialed another POS system for a year, but they didn't have the same capability to integrate," a manager of the Mexican restaurant said.


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Restaurant Tech Investors Open Their Playbooks at FODC - Food On Demand

For the first time, this year's Food On Demand Conference included a panel of high-profile restaurant tech investors who opened their playbooks to share what they're watching at this pivotal convergence of automation, innovation, convenience and challenges driven by supply chain and climate change.


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Self-order kiosks put Delaware eatery on the fast track

Restaurateur Eddie Segovia attributes his sales doubling year-over-year almost exclusively to Snackpass self-order kiosks. A restaurant catering to Millennials has to make the order process fast and easy. Hence, Eddie Segovia, owner of Freddy's Wings & Wraps in Newark, Delaware, didn't waste any time offering self-order kiosks when his POS provider, Toast, made them available.


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Food Truck Food Drive helps food banks try to keep up with high demand amid tough economy

If you couldn't make it to the food drive, but would still like to donate, you can do so online. S. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Families are falling on hard times because of the economy, and having no choice but to visit their local food banks in order to feed their loved ones.


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Cafe Rio Mexican Grill expanding digital stores

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill has opened a location in Buckeye, Arizona, which offers curb-side delivery, in-store pickup, drive-thru and a digital kiosk experience. "Expanding ordering channels in our digital locations allows for increased convenience for our customers and opportunities to...


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Interesting: "Again, we found that the participants were especially likely to overestimate how awkward the ensuing conversations about the more meaningful topics would be, while underestimating how happy those conversations would make them."

How would this work on LinkedIn -- or would it? Perhaps eye contact is needed?

‘The Gossip’ (ca. 1922) by American painter William Penhallow Henderson. Heritage Images/Getty Images
Amit Kumar, University of Texas at Austin; Michael Kardas, Northwestern University, and Nicholas Epley, University of Chicago

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, there’s hope that life will return to some level of normalcy in 2022.

This includes more opportunities to meet new people and build friendships, a process that’s critical for mental and physical well-being.

This does not, however, mean that everyone will take advantage of these new chances to connect.

Even before fears of a virus compelled most people to stay physically distant, our research suggests that people were already keeping too much social distance from one another.

In particular, our forthcoming behavioral science research suggests that people tend to be overly pessimistic about how conversations with new acquaintances will play out.

Across a dozen experiments, participants consistently underestimated how much they would enjoy talking with strangers. This was especially true when we asked them to have the kinds of substantive conversations that actually foster friendships.

Because of these mistaken beliefs, it seems as though people reach out and connect with others less often and in less meaningful ways than they probably should.

Moving beyond water cooler talk

People usually only disclose their deepest disappointments, proudest accomplishments and simmering anxieties to close friends and family.

But our experiments tested the seemingly radical idea that deep conversations between strangers can end up being surprisingly satisfying.

In several experiments, the participants first reported how they expected to feel after discussing relatively weighty questions like, “what are you most grateful for in your life?” and “when is the last time you cried in front of another person?”

These participants believed they would feel somewhat awkward and only moderately happy discussing these topics with a stranger. But after we prompted them to actually do so, they reported that their conversations were less awkward than they had anticipated. Furthermore, they felt happier and more connected to the other person than they had assumed.

In other experiments, we asked people to write down questions they would normally discuss when first getting to know someone - “weird weather we’re having these days, isn’t it?” - and then to write down deeper and more intimate questions than they would normally discuss, like asking whether the other person was happy with their life.

Again, we found that the participants were especially likely to overestimate how awkward the ensuing conversations about the more meaningful topics would be, while underestimating how happy those conversations would make them.

These mistaken beliefs matter because they can create a barrier to human connection. If you mistakenly think a substantive conversation will feel uncomfortable, you’re going to probably avoid it. And then you might never realize that your expectations are off the mark.

Yes, others do care

Misconceptions over the outcomes of deeper conversations may happen, in part, because we also underestimate how interested other people are in what we have to share. This makes us more reluctant to open up.

It turns out that, more often than not, strangers do want to hear you talk about more than the weather; they really do care about your fears, feelings, opinions and experiences.

Woman and man seated at table talk to one another.
‘In the Cafe’ (1891) by Belgian artist Jan Moerman. Pierre Bourgogne/Fine Art Photographic/Getty Images

The results were strikingly consistent. For the experiments, we recruited college students, online samples, strangers in a public park and even executives at financial services firms, and similar patterns played out within each group. Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert, a man or a woman, you’re likely to underestimate how good you’ll feel after having a deep conversation with a stranger. The same results even occurred in conversations over Zoom.

Aligning beliefs with reality

In one telling demonstration, we had some people engage in both a relatively shallow and comparatively deeper conversation. People expected that they would prefer a shallow conversation to the deeper one before they took place. After the interactions occurred, they reported the opposite.

Moreover, the participants consistently told us that they wished they could have deeper conversations more often in their everyday lives.

The problem, then, is not a lack of interest in having more meaningful conversations. It’s the misguided pessimism about how these interactions will play out.

It’s possible, though, to learn from these positive experiences.

Think of the trepidation kids have of diving into the deep end of a swimming pool. The uneasiness is often unwarranted: Once they take the plunge, they end up having a lot more fun than they did in shallower waters.

Our data suggests that something similar can happen when it comes to topics of conversation. You might feel nervous before starting a deeper conversation with someone you barely know; yet once you do, you might actually enjoy digging a little deeper than you typically do.

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The broader takeaway of our work is that these miscalibrated expectations can lead many people to be not quite social enough for their own good and the well-being of others.

Having deeper conversations joins a growing list of opportunities for social engagement - including expressing gratitude, sharing compliments and reaching out and talking to an old friend - that end up feeling a lot better than we might think.The Conversation

Amit Kumar, Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Texas at Austin; Michael Kardas, Postdoctoral Fellow in Management and Marketing, Northwestern University, and Nicholas Epley, John Templeton Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science, University of Chicago

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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