US Foods Adds Bear Robotics and 7shifts to CHECK® Business Tools Program to Help Operators Meet Workplace Challenges | News


ROSEMONT, Illinois–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 1, 2023–

U.S. Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD), one of America’s largest foodservice distributors, today announced the addition of two transformative technology offerings to its CHECK® Business Tools program: Bear Robotics and 7shifts. The US Foods CHECK Business Tools program provides foodservice operators with a growing suite of technology solutions designed to help drive traffic, simplify staffing and reduce waste. Bear Robotics and 7shifts were ultimately selected to join the US Foods CHECK Business Tools line after participating in the company’s Innovative Partnerships Incubator program with more than 20 foodservice technology companies vying for the opportunity.

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“Bear Robotics and 7shifts deliver highly advanced and meaningful technology solutions that directly address many of the workforce challenges our restaurant owners face today,” said David Eschler, Vice President of Culinary and Restaurant Operations. at US Foods. “We know that as the technology space continues to expand in the restaurant industry, the technology needs of operators have also rapidly advanced. Providing our customers with access to the latest technologies as part of our CHECK Business Tools program is essential to helping our customers “succeed”. We are excited by the opportunity to share these innovative solutions with operators across the country. »

In line with the growing trend of automated solutions to solve labor issues, Bear Robotics offers “Servi”, a hospitality robot that helps operators and staff increase efficiency, reduce workloads and strengthen interactions with customers. Servi can manage food, deliver beverages and bus meals to the kitchen, eliminating repetitive serving needs so restaurant staff can focus on delivering superior service. Each robot is autonomous and equipped with multiple cameras and LiDar sensors for agile navigation in any restaurant space.

“The US Foods CHECK Business Tools program allows technology companies like Bear Robotics to be warmly introduced by a trusted US Foods CHECK Business Tools representative who understands both their customers’ needs as well as the benefits of Bear’s technology. , to create a reliable solution available to all of their customers,” said Jim Livingston, Vice President of Sales at Bear Robotics.

7shifts is an all-in-one team management platform that can be used on mobile and desktop, designed specifically for restaurants. The platform provides restaurants with the team management tools they need to succeed, including scheduling, communication, tip management, tasks and more. Since its inception, 7shifts has helped over 40,000 restaurants of all sizes improve their profitability, operational efficiency and team retention.

“We set out to create a team management platform that truly makes life easier for restaurateurs, covering all stages of the employee lifecycle – from hiring, training, scheduling, payment and retention,” said Jordan Boesch, CEO of 7shifts. “Our vision and the vision of the US Foods CHECK Business Tools program are completely aligned in that we want to help restaurants win with tools that drive more operational efficiencies with less effort. Being part of CHECK Business Tools means empowering restaurants with the best restaurant-focused technology that integrates directly into other great products in the US Foods tech stack. The suite of offerings gives operators a more unified solution, leading to a more efficient and operationally successful restaurant.”

Bear Robotics and 7shifts were selected to join the company’s CHECK Business Tools program after participating in the US Foods Innovative Partnerships incubator program. The US Foods Incubator Program was designed to help the company find the most innovative and proven technology solutions for its customers. The program accepts applications twice a year. Potential technology solutions are then selected to participate in regional customer engagement events to demonstrate the solution and gauge operator interest and viability. After a successful introduction, the solution can be activated nationwide under the CHECK Business Tools program. The companies currently participating in the upcoming US Foods Innovative Partnerships program are:

  • InKind, a funding platform that provides restaurants with cash in exchange for food and beverage credits, sold to consumers through the inKind app.
  • Kickfin, a cashless tipping software for restaurants, bars and hotels that sends instant tip payments directly to the employees bank of choice, 24/7,365.
  • Tablz, a customer personalization tool that turns restaurant upgrades into new revenue for restaurants.

For more information on how US Foods is helping customers “succeed” with CHECK business tools, visit

About American Foods

With a promise to help customers succeed, US Foods is one of America’s leading food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses to success. With 70 full-line locations and more than 80 cash and carry stores, US Foods and its 28,000 associates provide customers with a broad, innovative food offering and a full suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois. Visit to learn more.

About Bear Robotics

Bear Robotics enhances cooking experiences by automating the hard part. Using AI and autonomous robot technology, Bear Robotics is deploying robots to take care of everything from serving drinks to managing meals and transporting tables, allowing hosts, waiters and servers to focus on providing exceptional service. Based in Redwood City, CA and Dallas, TX, Bear Robotics’ award-winning robots tackle tough tasks with precision in a range of restaurants, corporate campuses, ghost kitchens, retirement homes and casinos around the world. . Visit for more information.

About 7 teams

Founded in 2014, 7shifts simplifies team management, one team at a time. The restaurant team management platform is used by over 40,000 restaurants and 1 million catering professionals. 7shifts provides tools that help restaurateurs make more profitable decisions, improve team retention and get their operations in order. 7shifts is made for everyone – from FOH to BOH – and used by restaurants of all sizes, from independent restaurants to multi-unit brands like Union Square Hospitality, Bareburger, Boka Restaurant Group, Juice It Up! and Hart House. Learn more or sign up for a free trial at Find us on TwitterFacebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, the App Store or Google Play.

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