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Subway Now Has An App For Ordering And Paying Ahead Of Time

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If you don’t want to stand in line and deal with those condescending “sandwich artists” at Subway, there’s finally an app for that.

Subway officially launched an app where you can order and pay for your sandwich ahead of time at all 27,000+ Subway locations across the US. That means you can now choose your bread, meats and cheeses without having any verbal interactions with human beings.

You will be able to pay with both Android Pay and Apple Pay, with a PayPal method on its way.

As soon as they get their PayPal service going, Subway will be the only fast food restaurant to offer any type of credit card AND PayPal payment method from both mobile and in-restaurant ordering.

Although Subway announced the app launch Wednesday, it looks like the app has available for a little while as plenty of reviews have given us an idea of how the app is running thus far.

With 3.6 average stars on the Android Market and 2.5 on the App Store, reviews range from complaints about not having all ingredients available, to people ecstatic that they don’t have to wait in line.

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2015 seems to be the year of order-and-pay apps, as other restaurants like Starbucks, Taco Bell and Chipotle have also incorporated some type of mobile ordering for customers to breeze through the lines.

They should all start a delivery service so we never have to see the sun again.

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Fast Food

Taco Bell Goes All Out with Mobile Ordering App, Just Launched Nationwide

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So Taco Bell is joining all the cool kids by launching a mobile ordering app, but they’re not just getting their feet wet, they’re diving into the pool head first with no floaties or lifeguard present.

The announcement was made this morning over Ustream as Taco Bell was excited to announce a mobile ordering app that has already launched nationwide, so it’s available everywhere, not just in test stores. They’re also the first to offer pick-up service from the drive-thru.

Although fast food chains like McDonald’s and Starbucks have already started testing similar services this year, no one has done a nationwide launch, only providing the service in select stores. Until now.

To promote their new app, Taco Bell blacked themselves out from social media. Why? It sounds like they’re saying the new app is all you need? Not 100 percent sure of the point behind that, but across their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, all that’s present is a picture that says, “The new way to Taco Bell isn’t on (insert social media platform). It’s #OnlyInTheApp” and a link to download the app. They even put up a 12-second video on YouTube with the same concept.

The app will allow customers to design and fully customize their orders, and as senior director of digital platforms Tressie Lieberman put it, “Your burrito will taste better than ever before because you can order it exactly the way you want it.”

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Sure, we were already able to order stuff however we wanted, but now we can do it through our phones.

So yeah, totally down for this no-waiting-in-line movement. Except for the inevitability of lines forming for all the online orders.

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Fast Food

Grab Your Chow Mein and Go With The New Panda Express Mobile Ordering App

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Food court lines could very well become a thing of the past if fast food chains have anything to say about it. Following the mobile ordering trend, Panda Express is finally rolling out their own app nationwide.

Unlike other apps, Panda offers a special feature that allows group ordering across multiple platforms. This means you can order some Orange Chicken with Bacon, then sling the order along to your besties so they can order their favorite Panda dishes for the noms that shall ensue later. Admit it, the worst part of group ordering is trying to figure out how much everyone owes and how to make sure no one gets stiffed. Lucky for us, Panda’s new app lets each person on the order to pay their own bill towards the group order.

No word on whether the chain will join the Apple Pay movement, but for now, the Panda Express mobile ordering app is available on iOS and Android devices.

H/T + PicThx Eater

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Panera to Roll Out Mobile Ordering and Self Order Kiosks in 2016

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No longer will you have to wait 20 minutes in line for your “you-pick-two” meal. Forget being on hold forever and a day trying to order your favorite Fuji Apple Chicken salad. The revolution is coming and thy name is kiosks.

In an attempt to fix their well-known speed issues, Panera has dropped $42 million on technology to bring kiosks and mobile ordering to its locations. With the kiosks customers would be able to customize their meals to their tastes, pay, and take an assigned pager so a Panera associate can deliver your food. Regardless if you’re eating in or grabbing a sandwich to go, the self-ordering system could dramatically speed up the entire ordering process.

With the mobile ordering system customers can grab a booth ahead of time and order from their seat, avoiding the kiosks and guaranteeing a spot, which will be great during Panera’s crazy crowded lunch hour.

Though some people are concerned with the kiosks replacing potential jobs for staffers, Panera assures consumers that their workforce won’t be cut. The plan is to have at least eight kiosks in every location with only one or two cash registers being cut.

The whole thing sounds like a great idea considering how long it takes to get a sandwich and soup, but before you start getting too excited the technology won’t be rolling out until 2016. Womp.

H/T + PicThx Consumerist

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Fast Food

Taco Bell to Offer Mobile Ordering in 2014

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Forget enduring the drive thru you ain’t got time for that, you just want to grab your Gordita and go. Taco Bell has decided to offer its customers the ability to place orders through its smartphone app, because fast food isn’t fast enough.

Taco Bell developed the app about two years ago but recently started testing it in select locations around Orange County, CA. So far, the results have been promising with Taco Bell executives looking to make in-app ordering available nationwide later this year.

The home of the Doritos Loco Taco isn’t the first chain to consider mobile ordering, Chipotle has been offering the option to their customers since 2009 while McDonalds has also been experimenting with in-app ordering. Shoot, with all these mobile ordering options available to us I would be surprised if drive thrus weren’t converted to “order pick up” stations by this time next year.

Now if we could only get In-N-Out in on this

H/T Nation’s Restaurant News + PicThx Laughing Squid