If you’re looking for ways to manage high guest demand and unsteady labor with the help of technology, brands are offering new examples of how it can be done – or at least how they are approaching it based on the popularity of different menu items. Take Chipotle, which recently introduced a test of an automated digital makeline in collaboration with Hyphen, a foodservice platform that helps automate kitchen operations. A Fast Casual report says the brand will be using the automated makeline for digital orders of its bowls and salads, which comprise 65 percent of its business. Each dish travels along the makeline as an intelligent dispenser releases the desired ingredients. When the item arrives at the end of the makeline, a staff member places a lid on the dish and adds any final requested items to the order. The goal is to free up employees for other tasks and increase capacity for (and accuracy of) digital orders. It’s easy to see how this might help a restaurant better adapt to employee absences as well. Looking at your menu, are there certain dishes that make up a large portion of your sales and would be easy to automate?