Subway Refreshing Store Designs With Self-Order Kiosks That Support Apple Pay

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Subway today unveiled an all-new "fresh forward" redesign coming to 12 pilot locations at its restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which includes self-order kiosks in select locations that support checking out via Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Subway has long supported Apple Pay as a payments option during the traditional check-out process in its restaurants.

    The new kiosks will allow customers to browse Subway's full menu, craft their sandwich order, and then check out with a credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, or Samsung Pay.


    There will be a designated food preparation and pick-up area for orders made through the new kiosks, on the Subway mobile app, and with Facebook Messenger's Subway chatbot. The company said that this will help speed up food preparation time for both digital orders and for customers waiting in the basic check-out line.
    The Subway redesign will also include dining areas with USB charging ports so customers can fuel up their smartphones and tablets while they eat, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, menu changes, and new decor.

    The "fresh forward" Subway design is launching today at the following locations: Tamarac, FL; Orlando, FL (2 locations); Winter Park, FL; Chula Vista, CA; Knoxville, TN; Palmview, TX; Hillsboro, OR; Vancouver, WA; Beauport, QC; Granby, QC; and Manchester, U.K.

    Subway said that, "Many elements of the new brand identity will be worldwide by the end of 2017."

    Article Link: Subway Refreshing Store Designs With Self-Order Kiosks That Support Apple Pay
  2. filmantopia macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2010
    Retail/cashier is only the most common job in the country. Surely this isn't something we should be concerned about at all.
  3. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    Ready for wireless charging in my phone so I can "fuel up" without the risk of connecting my phone to a random USB.

    Also, the Subway's around here are mostly staffed by people that are not doing a good job in general. I have not been to one in nearly a year. The quality was not there. Can't speak for all Subway's, just the few near me.
  4. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
  5. ArtOfWarfare, Jul 17, 2017
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    ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Now just have a robot that puts ingredients on the rolls and the only thing you'll need people for anymore is stocking and cleaning.

    Not that those are particularly difficult jobs for robots, just I think existing stores will require more of a redesign for robots to perform those tasks.
  6. lederermc macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2014
    The Panera's I was in last year had these kiosks.
  7. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2007
    Midwest America.
    I was yelled at at the grocery by a checkout girl who said that I could 'save time' by going through the self pay. I said that I'd rather 'save her job' by bothering her and making her actually do something other than stand there (obviously paraphrased). The look on her face was priceless. How stupid do people have to get? I was shocked...
  8. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    Not sure why this is "apple" news. Subway already supports Apple Pay. Been using it there for months. At least around here they do. Take away the Apple Pay and this story is "mediocre sandwich chain does stuff unrelated to apple."
  9. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    I just want to see them prepare my sandwich, it’s not really the most sanitary conditions back there.
  10. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    Not to mention the fact that when I ask for cucumber on my foot long sandwich, at least I'm there to ask for more as they try to put only one or two on.
  11. adm58, Jul 17, 2017
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    adm58 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2007
    Regardless of the minimum wage, screens and robots will displace all these jobs. Over the lifespan of a kiosk or an intelligent barista-robot, it will work out to something miniscule like $0.01/hour.
  12. spazzcat macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2007
    The subway I used to go to for lunch would charge you extra if you asked for more after they only put two on the sandwich. I stopped going to subway.
  13. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Long term the trend is inevitable. 100 years ago 40% of jobs were in agriculture. Now 2% are.

    This time around even skilled jobs are at risk of automation. Computers are getting good at reading documents and analyzing data. Humans will adapt but it will hurt some people and help others along the way.
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    It accelerates the process, though.

    The WSJ had an op-ed today that suggested that schools prioritize teaching coding over other subjects such as foreign languages.
  14. shamino, Jul 17, 2017
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    shamino macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    Why is this article posted here? Is it news that the kiosk accepts Apple Pay? Subway has been accepting Apple Pay at their registers from its inception. It would be news if the new kiosk didn't accept it.
  15. Christian 5G, Jul 17, 2017
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    Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

    Jun 16, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    Looking forward for mcdonalds to do this feature. Want to see a robot pull out a burger and put it in microwave for a minute and then my order is ready.
  16. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2009
    All Your Memes Are Belong to US
    Used my first self service restaurant kiosk not too long ago at a Hardees. I would rather have someone ring me up just like when I'm checking out of the grocery store.
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    I'm not sure if it's every where, but at least the ones I have stopped at McDonald's is getting slow.
  17. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Moderator Note:

    Please move off the political discussion regarding minimum wage. If someone would like to start a thread in the PRSI section to discuss that topic, they may do so. Thank you
  18. iChantz macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2017
    That’s actually hilarious because I just was in this tiny Subway attatched to a Safeway here in Hillsboro OR and they were in the middle of setting it up. The entire store was getting remodeled and was looking pretty fresh. They also now display their uncut veggies in a Panda Express kind of way
  19. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It is Apple news, because Apple is affilaited with Subway. We already know Subway includes Apple Pay. But because it includes Apple Pay, they are also show casing the expansions of the new kiosk and set up that is still correlated with Apple Pay and it's capabilities. Regardless, it is Apple related on how you view it, unless Apple Pay were not to exist, then neither would this article on the front page of Macrumors.
  20. thisisnotmyname macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    They're already doing this. I was in a local McDonald's a few weeks ago and they had a large kiosk ordering system near each entrance. The robot fry makers have been in place for years too. I haven't seen burger robots in regular use yet but I'm sure it's coming soon. The original concept of the McDonald's brothers was to introduce radical efficiency into food preparation. This is a larger outgrowth of that concept.
  21. Kaibelf macrumors 68000


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Why concerned? Technology has long replaced many manual functions and society hasn’t collapsed. There will be other skill sets needed for the next types of work.
  22. WWPD macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2015
    Ten Forward
  23. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Someone had to engineer the self checkout
    Someone had to build the self checkout
    Someone had to program the self checkout
    Someone had to maintain the self checkout.

    I have named four jobs self checkouts created. Each one paying well over $40k a year.

    Having worked Walmart this is the self checkout hosts job! This is your assigned task. To rope people to use self checkout. If you think this is protesting, I kindly point out more important social issues that need protesting.
  24. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    "Humans need not apply". We need to think about a world where the majority of people can't work anymore.
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    That's four jobs that could replace dozens.
  25. filmantopia macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2010
    This is going beyond manual functions. AI includes mental functions, and it seems that virtually no occupation is going to be safe forever. I'm not speaking doom and gloom for society, however I would suggest that it's urgent we come up with a societal economic system to deal with massive amounts of people being put out of work.

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