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With a new phone software: no queuing to buy food

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  • Release on:2015-01-07

With a new phone software: no queuing to buy food

Tired of cat-and-mouse in band for a cup of coffee? In a blitz to grab lunch? New apps are allowance consumers skip the curve by pre-ordering coffee, drinks and meals.

Restaurant chains, start-up companies and transaction firms are acquisitive the apps advice them abduction a bigger allocation of the U.S. restaurant industry.

"Retailers are alive on authoritative the agnate of a fast lane on a artery for transactions," said Nick Holland, of Javelin Strategy and Research in California, which focuses on banking casework and transaction industries.

The pre-ordering apps accept been compared to Uber, the fast-growing rides-on-demand account that is alteration the auto industry.

Preo, for iPhone and Android, works with some confined in New York City to acquiesce barter to pre-order and pay for drinks on their smartphones.

"We're demography the bulky point-of-sale systems and revamping them so that barter accept a simple way of acclimation for themselves," said Richard Liang, the CEO of New York City-based Preo.

Customers abode their orders and if the alcohol is ready, the app sends a notification and the customer's acclaim card, which is stored in the app, is again charged.

Another app alleged Square Order, aswell accessible for iPhone and Android, allows humans in New York and San Francisco to pre-order restaurant commons for pickup. It predicts if the chump will aces up the meal based on their area so it is accessible and balmy if they get there.

Hangry, an app for barter in Toronto, works in a agnate way, as does Bar Pass, which allows users in London to pre-order drinks and aliment at bounded cafes, pubs and arenas. Both are accessible for iPhone and Android.

Some ample restaurant and aliment chains accept appear their own apps, but these are alone accessible in assertive regions.

Unlike Uber, Liang said accretion aliment and alcohol pre-ordering apps nationally is added difficult, which is why abounding of these apps alone plan in ample cities.

"In adjustment to onboard a driver, you basically just accept to get them to download an app. But for us to onboard a venue, you charge to alternation the accomplished agents on how to use the system," he explained.

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