Welbilt, Inc., a leading global provider of commercial foodservice equipment, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with HCL Technologies Ltd (HCL), a leading global technology company, to accelerate the development of Welbilt’s KitchenConnect digital platform and its roll-out to Welbilt’s customers.
KitchenConnect is a premier digital solution for new generation of connected kitchens that enables operators to adapt quickly to an ever-changing environment, increase profitability, and comply with food and safety standards. KitchenConnect’s open cloud-based platform makes it possible for operators to connect other brands of kitchen equipment to it, simplifying how operators transform to a connected operating environment. It provides real-time insights, allowing for better equipment performance, reducing costs and food waste, improving workflows and food quality, while minimizing equipment downtime.
As part of this multi-year partnership, HCL will develop and enhance the KitchenConnect solution architecture for improved scalability, security and functionality of the platform. A dedicated HCL team of experts across IoT, Data Analytics, AI, ML and mobile technologies will drive the accelerated development of advance features for all equipment brands of Welbilt. HCL team will also ensure any customization and maintenance support for all Welbilt customers thus ensuring superior customer experience.
“At Welbilt, we are bringing together our industry-leading equipment brands with our premier digital platform to drive continuous improvements in kitchen performance for our customers,” says Bill Johnson, Welbilt’s President and CEO. “We are excited by all the opportunities presented by our partnership with HCL, taking our KitchenConnect solution to a new level.”
“HCL is excited to partner with Welbilt in the transformative KitchenConnect program. The relationship leverages HCL’s Digital Engineering experience to address Welbilt’s vision for digital transformation to enhance their ‘connected’ services and improve customer experience,” adds GH Rao, President, Engineering and R&D services, HCL Technologies.