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Leading a Pizza Industry Robot Revolution | Jay Udrija of PizzaHQ

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The pizza industry is changing fast. PizzaHQ is leading the revolution by focusing on automation and efficiency to deliver affordable pizzas at a fast pace.

Co-Founder Jay Udrija and PizzaHQ are building a robot-powered pizza chain whose “relentless focus on process” also comes with a commitment to quality to set them apart.

Watch to learn about how the pizza industry has changed, using restaurant tech, and food service robotics.

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[01:42] - PizzaHQ 2-Minute Drill
[05:52] - Making Pizza with Robots
[15:07] - Social Media Marketing
[25:31] - Automating Sales Tax Solution
[33:24] - In-House Vs. Third-Party Delivery


What happens when you mix automation with excellence? You get a revolution.

That’s exactly what PizzaHQ is attempting with their robot-powered pizza company.

PizzaHQ, headquartered in New Jersey, is a high-volume “pizzeria” that manufactures their food offerings using innovative restaurant technology to produce lots of quality pies for a low cost and at a fast pace.

Not compromising on quality is crucial to the PizzaHQ brand. It’s one thing to get a fast, cheap pizza, it’s another to get a fast, cheap, AND perfect, pizza.

“What we didn't want to do was sacrifice quality,” explained PizzaHQ co-founder Jay Udrija to Shawn Walchef of Cali BBQ Media (https://calibbq.media). “We really wanted to keep the authenticity of New York Style pizza and mimic the same product that we had at the time.”

Along with traditional pick-up and delivery sales powered by Toast, PizzaHQ can use their pizza manufacturing technology to make custom pizzas for large corporate events, stadiums, and more.

An advantage of automation is not just the obvious business benefits: cost savings, operation efficiency, ease of training, etc. Another benefit of incorporating automation into a restaurant business is consistency for the consumer.

“You get a consistent product every time,” Jay Udrija said. “There's not going to be extra cheese one time and regular cheese one other time. It's going to be the same cheese because the machines are much more consistent.”

“We're able to deliver a better product, we’re able to deliver way faster, we're able to deliver at a lower price point.”

Incorporating back-of-the-house technology and front-of-the-house technology like Toast, DAVO Sales Tax, and other tools for the modern restaurant operation allows PizzaHQ to prepare themselves for an even bigger future.

“We are committed to being a tech-forward brand,” Jay said.

Episode Links:
PizzaHQ Online: https://www.pizza-hq.com/
PizzaHQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pizzahq_/
Jay Udrija LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judrija/


PizzaHQ, cofounded by Jay Udrija and Darryl Dueltgen, is revolutionizing the pizza industry by rooting itself in automation to deliver a consistent, quality-driven product at a fast speed and affordable price point. The PizzaHQ team has many years of experience in the NJ pizza market. After owning and operating several stores loved by the community, its partners faced an inflection point to either expand the current operations or reinvent the pizza restaurant through technology and automation.

PizzaHQ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/pizzahq/

Restaurant Influencers is a weekly video podcast series presented by Entrepreneur Media and Cali BBQ Media. Every week host and restaurant owner Shawn Walchef (@shawnpwalchef) talks with business leaders like Rob Dyrdek, Elizabeth Chambers, Stratis Morfogen, Chris Comparato, Meredith Sandland, Jon Taffer, and more, about their secrets to Smartphone Storytelling, marketing, branding, and how to show up where customers are engaging online.

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