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You can also play games on the tablets for about a dollar

Applebee's thinks waiting for the check at a restaurant is much like being held hostage, and it wants to change that by deploying tablets at every table. 

According to USA Today, casual dining chain Applebee's is planning to put tablets at each of its tables throughout all 1,865 locations nationally by the end of 2014. 

More specifically, Applebee's is rolling out 100,000 tablets total. The tablets will be provided by hardware and software provider E la Carte, and they will have 7-inch screens.

The idea behind the tablet deployment is to engage with customers in a way that's easy and convenient for them. For instance, if a customer wants to pay the bill and doesn't feel like waiting for the waiter/waitress, they can use the tablet to do so. 

"Who hasn't felt like they've been held hostage waiting for a check to arrive?" said Mike Archer, president of Applebee's.

The tablets can also be used to order additional food like appetizers and desserts. However, it won't be a full menu, and it won't replace existing menus. It will simply help with ordering any extras the customer might want while a waiter or waitress continues to take meal orders. 

In fact, Archer said that certain Applebee's restaurants that are testing the devices have seen increased appetizer and dessert sales. 

Applebee's is also looking to gain some tech cred with the younger generations by offering these tablets. In addition to ordering food and paying the bill, the tablets offer games customers can play for about a dollar.

The restaurant chain isn't too worried about tablet theft, either. Once these devices leave the restaurant, they're pretty much useless. 

Chili's, another casual dining chain, recently deployed tablets as well. It plans to cover 800 restaurants by the middle of next year.

Source: USA Today

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RE: The Future
By JasonMick on 12/3/2013 10:26:22 AM , Rating: 2
*Everyone thought the soda jerk was indispensable until Coca Cola and Pepsi came along.

... I should say, their mass produced plastic packaging... in the days of glass bottles, part of the reason for the soda jerks was economics ... glass was expensive and it cost a lot more to buy bottled pop than go down to the drugstore, hence the soda jerk was popular with youth.

Coca Cola and Pepsi of course had been around since the late 1800s, but they only really came into their own when the post-war plastics boom made their product cheap and consumable on a plastic scale, and automated soda machines cut costs at fast food joints.

RE: The Future
By Lord 666 on 12/3/2013 1:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
Only if there was an edit button...

RE: The Future
By quiksilvr on 12/4/2013 2:25:11 AM , Rating: 2
You know we're screwed when a site author can't even edit their own post.

RE: The Future
By Argon18 on 12/3/2013 2:28:53 PM , Rating: 3
Sure there was a boom in plastics following WWII, however it wasn't until the early 1970's that plastic soda bottles came into widespread use.

RE: The Future
By Just Tom on 12/6/2013 10:51:43 AM , Rating: 2
The soda jerk was disappearing long before Coca Cola and Pepsi started using plastic bottles. Full service pharmacies and cars killed the soda jerk, not plastic. Plastic bottles were actually more expensive than glass well into the 1960's. I didn't start actually seeing plastic soda bottles replacing glass where I lived until well into the 70's, and by that time there were not a full time soda jerk to be found.

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