The robots will serve you now. That’s been true in North Texas for some time now, with restaurants across the region testing table-side food delivery robots, from La Duni in Dallas to Fort Worth’s Japan House to Chili’s locations across DFW. Meanwhile, delivery robots have rolled down sidewalks in places like the SMU campus.
Now the trend has gone beyond testing and proceeded straight to franchising. Today San Francisco-based RobotLAB—whose central U.S. office is in the DFW suburb of Southlake—launched what it calls a “first-of-its-kind” robotics franchising program.
Beyond restaurant robots to cleaning, delivery, education, and customer service
Available now in nearly 40 U.S. states, the franchise opportunity aims to meet rapidly growing demand for AI-powered robotic solutions not just in restaurants but in all sectors—including cleaning, delivery, education, and customer service.
But restaurant server robots seem to be especially in RobotLAB’s wheelhouse. The company says on LinkedIn that in one year alone, a fleet of its service delivery robots served 2.5 million plates, traveling over 28,000 miles—”That’s 1.2 X the circumference of the earth.”
Demand for robots is increasing ‘exponentially as labor shortages persist’
Part of what’s driving the demand for robots, RobotLAB says, is the persistent labor shortage problem across the nation, with jobs going unfilled to do everything from vacuuming carpets in senior living centers to, yes, bring that lava cake to your table.
RobotLAB has a long roster of longstanding partnerships with some of the world’s top robot manufacturers, along with more than 10,000 robots deployed worldwide. Founded in 2007, the company says its “unparalleled sector acumen and experience has kept it on the vanguard of the robotics industry, which it will now leverage and share with savvy and passionate entrepreneurs looking to experience the world’s first robotics integration franchising program.”
“The national conversation around artificial intelligence and the resulting interest in the inherent advantages of robotics has created a strong tailwind that’s propelling the industry demand for a more efficient and cost-effective approach to business in critical sectors,” Elad Inbar, founder and CEO of RobotLAB, said in a statement.
“As the incorporation of robots becomes increasingly ubiquitous, franchising allows RobotLAB to better serve our growing customer base with passionate, well-trained and skilled franchisees who are experts in the communities where they operate and will provide the highest level of customer service, including timely robot demos, training, service, repair and more,” Inbar added.
‘Can be integrated seamlessly into nearly every business’
RobotLAB says its robotics franchise program “features minimal overhead, comprehensive training, limited staffing requirements, and attractive revenue opportunities in a fast-growing industry with limitless potential,” and notes that robotics solutions “can be integrated seamlessly into nearly every business.”
“After 15 years of successfully integrating robots across many economically critical industries, franchising was an obvious next step in maintaining top-tier customer service and meeting the ever-increasing national demand for robotics solutions,” Paul Knaack, director of franchising at RobotLAB, said in the statement. “As our franchising program expands, we’ll continue to eliminate distance- and demand-related obstacles, resulting in faster, one-on-one service for business owners eager to harness the power of robotics integration.”
The company says its franchisees will select territories covering areas of 150,000 people and will have full license to market, sell, program, deploy, and service robots for all businesses in the territory. “Franchisees and their teams will engage in extensive training led by RobotLAB to ensure the localization of its signature A-to-Z customer service model. RobotLAB is expected to soon finalize several multi-territory agreements across the nation, underscoring the immense and immediate groundswell of enthusiasm for this revolutionary robotics franchising program,” the company added.
RobotLAB’s roboticists have effectively deployed thousands of robots to an array of businesses worldwide, the company noted— “demonstrating a clear path to the successful and highly specialized integration of robotics solutions.”
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