Automated Retail Technologies under its subsidiary Just Baked Smart Bistro announced that Robert Meek has joined as vice president of operations.
Meek joins after a career at Redbox Automated Retail where he started as a market manager in 2010. He quickly moved up the ranks to his most recent role as senior national operations manager. Meek was instrumental in helping to lead the transition of Redbox DVD kiosks to a full-scale service business where Redbox merchandises and conducts services for multiple third-party automated retail companies. During Meek’s tenure, the company saw a growth of more than 30,000 Redbox kiosks deployed in the marketplace.
“We are excited to have Robb join our team at this critical juncture in our company’s growth,” Ben Porter, CEO of Automated Retail Technologies,” said in the announcement. “Our organization has seen a hockey stick growth curve with the anticipation of installing more than 1,000 kiosks this calendar year. Robb’s experience is going to be instrumental to ensure we do so successfully while maintaining a white glove service model, the best consumer experience, and support our business partners serve their clients every day.”
Meek added in the announcement: “I was able to experience similar growth through Redbox’s scale. The opportunity to bring this experience to Just Baked while serving our team members and business partners is an honor for me. The potential to pioneer high quality meals within an arm’s reach of the consumer is exciting for our brand. I look forward to helping lead this unique opportunity.”
Porter continued in the announcement: “Just Baked Smart Bistro Kiosks are intended to help solve the challenges of staffing shortages, limited operating hours, and deliver consistent experiences while serving high-quality meals, snack, and sweets within proximity of consumers where they work, live, and play. We hope consumers will enjoy a hot snack or meal no matter the hour or location without the challenges of disrupting their day to deal with an inconsistent delivery solution, traveling to, or having to plan for each occasion. Our technology enables foodservice operators to bring meals and snacks within an arm’s reach of the consumer.”
ART’s Just Baked Smart Bistro partners with strategic partners in the convenience services, contract foodservice, airport and restauranter markets where its kiosks are suited for institutions with workplace cafeterias or breakrooms, college campuses, hospitals, highway rest areas, entertainment venues/casinos, hospitality/hotels, airports and other high-traffic locations.
The Just Baked Smart Bistro offers fresh oven-baked foods for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, desserts, as well as healthy alternatives. The 50’ touchscreens make ordering fast and easy.