At Byte Technology we think a lot about the evolution of retail when it comes to fresh food. Historically, consumers were limited to physically shopping at traditional brick and mortar stores - whether for groceries or grabbing a meal to-go from a restaurant. Drive thru’s were the next wave of innovation when it comes to delivering a more convenient experience for customers on-the-go.
For the first few years of Byte’s business, we were singularly focused on growing our owned and operated fleet of unattended storefronts in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Our goal was two-fold: first, to demonstrate the viability of a business built on our unattended retail platform and, second, to fold all our learnings into the software that powers the business. The Byte Foods business now profitably serves several hundreds of clients like Tesla, Amazon, Cisco, and Kaiser and operates in two markets.
Unattended retail within the food space typically elicits visions of vending machines and coils that drop a sad, crinkled bag of chips to an underwhelmed consumer on the other side of the glass.