Hungry? These days, you don’t need to wait on hold for ten minutes for someone to take your order at your favorite take-out restaurant — at many establishments, you can simply place your order online and schedule a pickup at your convenience.
This method greatly reduces the possibility of an employee getting your order wrong, and can cut down on the time involved in the ordering process. Here are some of the best options for online ordering:
EatStreet, a free local food delivery and pickup service, offers both iOS and Android apps to enable you to easily order and even pay for food from your favorite local restaurants. When you place an order, the site even donates 5% of its profits to a charity of your choice. The service is available in many cities throughout the United States, with many listings available in Midwestern cities such as Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Ann Arbor. EatStreet recently completed a direct integration with mPOS provider Instore.
Seamless is the country’s largest online food ordering platform, with more than 12,000 restaurants in 40 cities listed in its database. Seamless offers apps for iOS and Android platforms, and provides opportunities to get exclusive deals and offers from some of the restaurants listed in its database.
GrubHub offers hungry people access to a desktop site, apps for the iOS and Android platforms, and a phone network to order food online from a wide variety of restaurants in over 500 metro areas around the U.S. GrubHub and Seamless merged in May 2013, though they currently maintain separate platforms.
Foodler is another free site that helps diners manage the online ordering process for take-out or delivery, with the aid of a desktop site and an iOS app. The site is not available in as many cities as some of its larger competitors, but it differentiates itself by allowing customers to collect rewards points for each order, which can be used as credit towards future purchases.
This platform focuses on restaurants that offer delivery service only, so if you don’t feel like leaving your home or can’t slip out of the office, you’ll have all of your available options at your fingertips. One neat feature of the site is the “Group” order function, which allows multiple users to submit their own orders for one group pickup — ideal for business customers who may be ordering food for the whole team.
Online food ordering and delivery platforms like these are ideal for hungry customers, but how well do they work for restaurants, which typically need to pay for listings? In our next post, we’ll take a look at how they fare with such sites.