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Robot (and Big Data) Pizza: A Conversation With Zume Pizza's Julia Collins

Robot (and Big Data) Pizza: A Conversation With Zume Pizza's Julia Collins

If you've read an article about Zume Pizza, chances are it focused on the how the company is using robotics to make pizza more efficiently.

But here's the thing: while robot-assisted pizza production IS interesting, it is NOT what's the most intriguing part about Zume Pizza's business. No, instead it's the application of data analysis combined with what the company calls an "elastic" pizza delivery network that pushes final cook and delivery to where the most demand is that's what is the most revolutionary about this fast-growing pizza startup.

In a sense, the company is applying cloud computing concepts to pizza creation, bringing the ability to scale fast to meet demand with highly efficient resources.

This makes sense for a whole bunch of reasons. Traditional retail fast food involves hundreds of thousands - even sometimes millions of dollars - in fixed cost associated with each (to use a telecom term) "point of presence", but

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