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 local and regional pizzeria operators to expand their takeout reach at a fraction of the cost and provide an entry point for new operators looking to capitalize on the $46.3 billion U.S. pizza market. As a result, says the company, it will open a second funding campaign on StartEngine to give more everyday investors an opportunity to bring fresh, quality pizza to the masses while also advancing its product roadmap with Kiwibot delivery.
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. Launched in July, Piestro drove investor interest for its ability to automate the pizza cooking process to three minutes, and a standalone pizzeria model that would make artisan quality pies available in public spaces closer to where consumers live – like apartment complex lobbies.
With just a press of a button, says the company, consumers are able to watch a pizza created in front of their eyes, with fresh ingredients cooked to consistent perfection. Now, says the company, partnering with Kiwibot to deliver an improved contactless experience, 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 harmful pathogens.
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