Gaithersburg’s Sodexo Teams Up with Ramen-Making Robots and Mariah Carey’s Cookies for Eat>NOW Autonomous Grocery Stores at College Campuses
Today at the University of Denver, Gaithersburg-based Sodexo North America will hold the grand opening of its new Eat>NOW Autonomous Campus Grocery Stores concept.
The venture was made possible through a partnership between Sodexo and AiFi, a company that specializes in autonomous brick and mortar retail locations. The cashless and checkout-free grocery and convenience stores will be AI-powered and will use 5G wireless technology.
Sodexo has also brought in some high-profile names that the company hopes will appeal to the college crowd. The brands are also using innovative technology to serve customers. Yo Kai Express is bringing high-tech vending machines to students which contain 80-plus ramen and udon noodle bowl combinations. Students can place their orders and make payments via touch screen 24/7. The New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM already has the vending machines in operation.
Virtual Dining Concepts was also employed to offer three food delivery options to college campuses, which will feature offerings from MrBeast Burger, Mariah’s Cookies, and Buddy V’s Cake Slice. Students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA are already taking advantage of these offers.
Sodexo North America is located at 9801 Washingtonian Boulevard, part of the RIO development in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a subsidiary of the global Fortune 500 French food services and facilities management conglomerate of the same name. Sodexho (at the time), merged its U.S. operations with Marriott Management Services in 1998. Sodexo North America now employees 125,000 people in U.S. states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam and purchased over $20 billion in goods and services from small to large businesses last year.