Supply Chain Leader Gives Associates Easy Access to Nutritious, Quick-Service Options With Opening of Robotic Smoothie Kiosk at Its Wisconsin Headquarters
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and Green Bay, Wis. – April 14, 2023 – Blendid®, a robotic food service
solutions leader, today announced the opening of an autonomous robotic smoothie kiosk at Florida Gulf
Coast University (FGCU).
Blendid®, a robotic food service solutions leader, today announced the opening of its first location in the Midwest, which will also be the first Blendid kiosk in a corporate office environment. Schneider National Inc. (NYSE: SNDR), a premier multimodal provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services, is opening a Blendid robotic smoothie kiosk in its Green Bay, Wisconsin headquarters.
“We consistently evaluate amenities we can offer to our associates and identified additional, healthy quick-serve food options as a priority,” said Schneider Senior Director of Facilities Glenn Buntin. “We believe the Blendid kiosk will help meet this need in a unique way.”
While the kiosk at Schneider marks a strategic move into the Midwest market for Blendid, it also serves as a launching point for its expansion into more office parks and corporate campuses.
Leveraging Blendid’s contactless food automation platform, foodOS®, a patented machine learning, robotics, and artificial intelligence-enabled system, the sleek 8 by 8-foot kiosk will readily provide delicious, freshly made smoothies any time someone visits the Schneider HQ’s lobby. With more than 2,000 employees calling the Green Bay headquarters their homebase, Blendid will provide quick-serve, in-house food options that meet employees’ desire for quality, taste and nutritional value.
“Our robotic kiosks provide an innovative way to deliver exceptional food service amenities for employees and guests. Working with one of the largest transportation companies in the United States to bring a Blendid kiosk to their lobby has been a fantastic process, and we are thrilled to be able to deliver a kiosk that not only will serve delicious smoothies, but also complements their atmosphere by adhering to brand colors,” said Vipin Jain, CEO and co-founder of Blendid. “As we continue to prove our service model in non-traditional, quick-serve locations around the country, we are looking forward to employees across the United States enjoying our robot-curated delights in the years ahead.”
Blendid operates kiosk locations in a variety of non-traditional venue types including shopping centers, colleges and university campuses, travel centers, hospitals and now corporate campuses/office parks.
Customized orders can be made directly at kiosk touchscreens or through the Blendid App and scheduled for a pick-up time. The robot can make nine smoothies simultaneously and up to 45 custom blends in a single hour – ensuring smoothie orders can typically be ready in under three minutes.
Sunnyvale-based Blendid is revolutionizing the future of food service with its proprietary food
automation platform (foodOS®), which efficiently and safely prepares and serves a range of healthy,
fresh, and delicious food. A pioneer of the future of food service, Blendid’s first concept in the market is
an autonomous, contactless kiosk that uses robotics, machine vision, artificial intelligence, and healthy
ingredients to create delicious smoothies that are customized to meet the unique health and dietary
preferences of each consumer. Founded in 2015 by seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Vipin Jain,
Venki Ayalur, and Vijay Dodd, Blendid is improving the consumer experience by offering safe, cost-effective, and personalized food on-demand, while also reducing complexities and costs for the
operators. Visit https://www.blendid.com/ for more information.
Schneider is a premier multimodal provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. Offering one of the broadest portfolios in the industry, Schneider’s solutions include Regional and Long-Haul Truckload, Expedited, Dedicated, Bulk, Intermodal, Brokerage, Warehousing, Supply Chain Management, Port Logistics and Logistics Consulting.
With over $6.6 billion in annual revenue, Schneider has been safely delivering superior customer experiences and investing in innovation for over 85 years. The company’s digital marketplace, Schneider FreightPower®, is revolutionizing the industry giving shippers access to an expanded, highly flexible capacity network and provides carriers with unmatched access to quality drop-and-hook freight – Always Delivering, Always Ahead. For more information about Schneider, visit Schneider.com or follow the company socially on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter: @WeAreSchneider.
Erica Camilo – Connexa Communications for Blendid
Kara Leiterman – Schneider Media Relations Manager