US startup Peistro has teamed up with delivery vehicle developer Kiwibot on a fully automated, contactless pizza making and delivery process.
The partnership follows a successful campaign raise on crowdfunding platform StartEngine that was oversubscribed in record time as interest surged in a solution that would allow pizzeria operators to expand their takeout reach at a fraction of the cost and provide an entry point for new operators.
Launched in July, Piestro automates the pizza cooking process to three minutes by using a standalone pizzeria robot to make the pies available in public spaces closer to where consumers live such as apartment complex lobbies.
As a result, says Peistro, it will open a second funding campaign on StartEngine. With the onset of the pandemic and an increasing concern for greater health and safety measures across restaurants and an accelerated need to shift to a takeout and delivery model for operators, consumers are spending more and more time at home, turning to quick access food options with minimal human contact.
The idea is that customers can watch their pizza being made via a camera link. Partnering with Kiwibot to deliver an improved contactless experience means the final Piestro automated pizzeria will come integrated with a dispensing mechanism for Kiwibot, allowing for contactless delivery, further limiting the potential for customer exposure to Covid-19.
Through an in-app order and purchase, customers can select their preferred pizza design. The order is registered with Kiwibot and a bot is deployed to a Piestro location, where the pizza has been made through automation and timed to dispense upon arrive for maximum freshness and quality. Kiwibot picks up the pizza and delivers directly to the consumer, creating a fully contactless experience from the time a pizza is made to the moment it is in hand.
"This is such an exciting partnership for us," says Massimo De Marco, CEO of Piestro. "The demand we saw was