All Blog Posts Tagged 'ordering' (29)

Seamless in bed with Grubhub: What does it means for you?

The press is awash with the buzz about the two big portal players getting bigger by merginging together. Of course bloggers and talking heads rattle off eye popping numbers (daily online orders / profitability / immense value and so on) meant to impress the reader and give an impression that life will never be the same again. “Bigger is better” is a “easy to sell” message, which is valuable for press. But bigger is better for who? Haven’t we seen this movie before? Lets see: big banks, big…

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Added by Atul on May 26, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments


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Great Article on Mobile Apps in the Restaurant Industry

There is a great article on mobile apps written by Noah Glass, CEO of prominent online ordering software company, OLO. Incorporating online ordering and mobile apps into your restaurant or chain's digital strategy is an excellent way to increase sales and…

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Added by FohBoh on April 16, 2013 at 11:56am — 1 Comment


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What Not To Order at a Restaurant

Carrie Stark grew up on her fathers farm and draws a lot of inspiration for her writing from those memories. While she moved off the farm years ago, she still maintains a small garden and loves to teach her friends how to make delicious sweet corn recipes.

Restaurants are a chance to be adventurous, to try new…

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Added by Carrie Stark on March 27, 2013 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments


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Pizza Ordering Online Study: Prepare For Triple Pepperoni!

A new study by the University of Rochester sheds some light on our online pizza ordering behavior - and finds that when we're hiding behind our computer screens, we're much more likely to triple the pepperoni, double the bacon, and order…

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Added by Duessa Holscher on September 18, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments


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Should Your Restaurant Online Ordering Site have a Spanish Version?

As restaurant operators become increasingly aware of the importance of the Hispanic demographic, the answer for many of them is a resounding YES!.  

It's estimated now that 20% of Americans speak a language other than English in the home - and 62% of these speak Spanish.  One of every 6 US Residents is Hispanic, and this segment of the population is growing faster than any other.  27% of Hispanics are most comfortable with English, and 17% comfortable in both English and Spanish,…

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Added by Duessa Holscher on August 16, 2012 at 12:43pm — No Comments


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The Self Serve Restaurant - It's all about more beer!

Recently, I was having dinner with my family at a favorite local brew pub.  As is typical at this establishment, the service was slow - we waited 20 minutes or so to place our drink order.  When we received our food, we were missing one of the most important meals - my young daughter's grilled cheese.  And as we enjoyed our food, we were ready to order another…

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Added by Duessa Holscher on July 6, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments


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Group Ordering

As a previous employee of the foodservice industry, I know the dread of seeing a huge group of customers ready to come in and order all at once.  Mistakes are always made and it is very stressful for the employees to try and make all the customers happy.  Online ordering has resolved some of these issues and now with group ordering it is even easier for restaurants to deal with the difficultly of tackling large group orders. 

Online ordering systems have begun to adopt the idea of…

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Added by MenuDrive on June 18, 2012 at 6:42pm — No Comments


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Restaurants Can Help Performance with Mobile Ordering

You have probably seen the Domino’s commercials about them adding mobile ordering apps to their business to help them increase sales.  According to NPN, about 83% of innovators and 72% of early adopters order from restaurant apps weekly.  Big restaurants may make this process seem easy, but for smaller business creating an app for their restaurant it can seem like a daunting task. …

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Added by MenuDrive on May 21, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments


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The IKEA Effect @ Your Restaurant: Customization Increases Loyalty and Spending

Every restaurant owner understands, innately, that customers like customization.  From "Hold the mayo" to "Can I have a salad instead of fries", custom requests happen daily.  

But some restaurants take this customization to an extreme level, with great results.  A New York burger joint, for instance, gives customers literally thousands of possible burger combinations as they choose…

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Added by Duessa Holscher on April 26, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments


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Mobile Ordering-Increasing Customer Ease and Satisfaction

How many times have you walked into Starbucks with 5 minutes until you have to be at work only to see the line wrapped halfway around the store? Wouldn't it have been so much easier if you could have ordered your coffee before you left your house, picked it up, and been on your way? Businesses like Starbucks are trying out the new trend of mobile ordering to see if they can try and cut back instances like these for their customers in the future.

 

Mobile ordering has become…

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Added by MenuDrive on April 18, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments


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Restaurant Online Ordering: 6 Steps to Choosing the Right Provider!

Ready to push your restaurant into the world of online ordering? Overwhelmed by the choices of online ordering providers?   Here's a step-by-step guide to picking the solution that's perfect for your restaurant!    Need more info?   There's a link on my profile (scroll down to whitepapers) to download the Granbury Restaurant Solutions "Online Ordering Launch Guide", a great resource of ideas for promoting your online…

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Added by Duessa Holscher on March 28, 2012 at 10:49am — 1 Comment


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Different Diners, Different Dietary Needs

No two diners are the same, but like any groups, different styles of diners may have similar nutrition needs during dining.  Here are some of the groups and trends that I have observed: 

 

The Business Lunch Crowd: 

 

  • Who they are:  If you operate in a metro area you know them well.  Smartly dressed, they either come in to grab a quick desk meal, or come in and sit down for a business lunch/meeting.  Whether in a group or on their own, one thing is…
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Added by Alyson Mar, RD on November 17, 2011 at 7:07am — 1 Comment

Online Ordering: Convenience & Limitations

Last year, Georgetown Bagelry added online ordering to its website. Since then, many of you have ordered your bagels online. Whether it’s to avoid the lines or to plan ahead, online ordering is a great benefit to our customers. To make it easier for you to plan ahead for big orders, we’ve added online ordering…

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Added by Mary Beall Adler on November 4, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments


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What do you Want?

This happens to me all the time: I go into a restaurant with the intention of making a healthy choice and end up falling victim to a less healthy option because it just sounds so good.  I love restaurants that serve healthy options because they help me…

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Added by Alyson Mar, RD on December 16, 2010 at 7:55am — 2 Comments


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The Build-Your-Own

I have recently noticed a growing trend in build-your-meal concepts, and I have to say, I like it! I mean, who wouldn’t? You made it right?



Customizing your own meals is no longer limited to just pizzas and subs; now you can enjoy customized meals of practically any cuisine. Lesser known, but longer standing build-your-owns like Mongolian BBQ (build-your-own stir fry/noodle bowl) and shabu-shabu (build-your-own Japanese stew) have gained interest, while other innovative concepts have… Continue

Added by Alyson Mar, RD on September 16, 2009 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Is Pizza Hut's iPhone app a success?

The Pizza Hut iPhone app has been downloaded over 100,000 times. What does this mean for them? How will it affect their sales? How do I get an app for my restaurant? These are the questions that come to mind.



Well first things first. It's a great looking app. The design team that put it together did an excellent job. It's sexy, fun, and functional.



So what does a great looking app get you? Well, it gets you 100,000 downloads.… Continue

Added by Jeff Schacher on August 4, 2009 at 7:37am — 3 Comments


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Online Ordering: Is It Your Future Blessing or Curse?

You can do anything on the internet these days, and increasingly people are relying on the web to do all kinds of things that make their daily lives more convenient. On paper, the idea of introducing an online ordering service sounds exciting to restaurateurs. After all, who can complain about making sales before your customer ever steps through the door?



At this point, it’s mostly national chains that have introduced online ordering, many with some considerable success. But… Continue

Added by Caribou on July 29, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Online Ordering: Anticipated Solution for Internet-Savvy Customers

Every business must adjust to the times. Adapting to include cutting-edge technologies these days helps businesses to obtain a competitive edge. Integrating new technologies into your restaurant business is now as important as having an oven in the kitchen.



According to The Nielsen Company research nearly 75% of Americans have Internet access and use Internet technologies on a large scale for making retail purchases. AIS Media research shows that 90% of consumers research a… Continue

Added by Trevor Seemann on June 19, 2009 at 2:24am — 2 Comments

Online Ordering Advertising Tips: Make Your Web-Site Work For You

Having a web-site for your restaurant is a necessity in this digital era. By offering online ordering for your customers, you are cashing in on a great opportunity to change your website from an online business card into a reliable revenue stream. A good restaurant’s web-site offers information about your business, menus, coupons, specials… etc. Online ordering should be the next step.



There are some commonly known techniques that will help inform your customers that you’re offering… Continue

Added by Trevor Seemann on June 14, 2009 at 5:12am — No Comments

Online Ordering : Evolution of Takeout Ordering

What do we know about takeout? In a few words, takeout is food purchased at a restaurant and eaten elsewhere.



We are used to thinking that takeout food is commonly fast food, but this is not always so. Many types of food that normally served as dine-in meals are available as take-out as well. For instance, many pizzerias and even chains supply for take-out and delivery only.



More and more, small full-service businesses serving traditional food often indulge their… Continue

Added by Trevor Seemann on June 10, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

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