Meredith Sandland is the CEO of Empower Delivery, a software company that enables restaurants to profitably and sustainably serve off-premise demand. Empower Delivery is an operating system for delivery-centric restaurants that orchestrates every step of the process, from native online ordering, through efficient kitchen management, to fast, low-cost delivery. Empower Delivery handles the entire customer journey—including ordering, status updates, and remarketing. Every station in a kitchen run on Empower Delivery is continuously optimized based on staffing, order volume, cook times, driver location, and more. Empower Delivery also handles driver onboarding, routing, tracking, and payments, giving your drivers—and customers—the best delivery experience.
As the co-author of Delivering the Digital Restaurant, Sandland met with every major restaurant company, food-tech company, real estate company, and VC investor who is exploring the online food revolution. In Empower Delivery, she found what she had been looking for: a restaurant tech company built from the ground up to service the on-demand consumer.
Prior to Empower Delivery, Sandland created and drove disruptive growth as Chief Development Officer at Taco Bell, America’s largest Mexican-inspired restaurant, and as COO at Kitchen United, a ghost-kitchen concept now rolling out nationally. Previously, she spent over a decade at Bain & Company, where she worked with Private Equity firms on strategic due diligence and post-acquisition strategy alignment.
Sandland is also the co-host of The Digital Restaurant podcast, a biweekly podcast covering the latest news in restaurant delivery and technology.