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Fast Food

This McDonald’s Is Testing A ‘Walk-Thru’ For Drunk Customers Who Can’t Drive

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Many times we’ve seen folks go through into the McDonald’s drive-thru line inebriated. Though usually they’re in the backseat screaming their orders into the speaker while their sober friends sit at the drivers seat incredibly annoyed.

At least they didn’t get behind the wheel.

What if you were drunk, craving McDonald’s, but didn’t have an empathic friend to cart you around? McDonald’s in the United Kingdom has a solution for just that.

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According to The Sun, a McDonald’s location in Wales dedicates a drive-thru lane specifically for customers to walk up to and order their food without having to drive a car. McDonald’s has renovated most of their stores to feature two parallel drive-thru lanes to increase sales time. So there would still be one lane open for cars while the other is open to foot traffic.

This feature is only open from the hours of 2am through 4am during the weekends, typically when people finish partying and are looking for a bite to eat.

It was an immediate success and the franchise decided to keep it as a permanent feature at that location. They might just have to figure out a way to be careful of drunk people ordering next to moving vehicles so late at night.

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Fast Food

Pizza Hut’s New Plan Is To Focus On Convenience Instead Of Quality

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Last year, Pizza Hut put all their effort into making customizable pizzas that suited each customer’s needs. You could choose between a variety of different toppings, crust flavors, sauces and even drizzles. Now, it looks like Pizza Hut will flip it all around and focus on convenience rather than quality.

The New York Times reports that Pizza Hut will be working to make their pies easier to buy for customers. Because “easy” beats “better,” it seems.

Inspired by Uber’s model, Yum Brands chief executive Greg Creed told investors that he now believes convenience trumps quality. Creed wants to make sure that pies coming from Pizza Hut will be easy to pay for, easy to make and easy to keep track of. The pizza brand will probably begin focusing their efforts on mobile ordering as well as delivery this year.

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Fast Food

Chick-fil-A’s First New York Location Will Take Customer Orders In A Whole New Way

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With Chick-fil-A gearing up to open its first New York City location, the company will introduce a new ordering system to the restaurant. The chicken-themed fast food chain will be utilizing tablets to speed up the waiting process for patrons, NRN reports.

While customers are in line, servers will take their orders with tablets and send the requests straight to the kitchen. Each customer is given a different colored tag for their specific order which they’ll use to pay at the register. Once the order is paid for, customers are handed a vibrating pager that alerts them when their order is cooked and ready to be picked up.

This process is similar to how other fast food chains like McDonald’s and In-N-Out handle busy drive-thru hours, minus the pagers.

Chick-fil-A tested its new system at a Chicago location and discovered that it reduced customer wait times from 10-15 minutes down to 4-6 minutes.

Optimistically, with eight crew members taking tablet orders for the restaurant, 100 transactions can be made within each hour.

While the method won’t hit every Chick-fil-A location, it will debut in at least 30 urban restaurants that don’t feature a drive-thru. This includes mall locations and spots with high-volume traffic.

 

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Technology

BILL-SPLITTING: The Genius New Feature Papa John’s Added To Mobile Ordering

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We’ve been put into many situations where we’d enjoy ordering a pizza, but didn’t want to foot an entire bill. Sure, your buddies can pay you back when they get the money, or even the next time you go dutch on a pie. More times than not, one party will definitely forget to pay the other. Papa John’s found a remedy to this: BILL SPLITTING.

The pizza chain has announced its new PayShare feature. This allows customers to split their pizza bill when ordering through online or mobile devices.

Nice.

PayShare is connected through popular money transfer app Venmo. Customers log into Papa John’s when they want to order a pizza. Then, anyone willing to chip in on the pizza will need to connect through their Venmo accounts. PayShare evenly divides the bill between the customers or you can choose however much they want each person to pay.

With the PayShare feature, Papa John’s hopes to get customers to think about enjoying pizza rather than worrying over the cost. Even though PayShare isn’t the first bill-splitting program, it is one of the first to specifically cater to fast food. Papa John’s new partnership with Venmo may be the beginning of many popular fast food services that will allow splitting the bill in-house.

Now folks don’t have to worry about their cheap friends mooching off free pizza because they “Don’t have any cash right now.”

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Technology

Visa And Pizza Hut Want Us To Order Pizzas With Our Cars

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Visa, Pizza Hut and management consulting firm Accenture announced the new frontier in laziness at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week.

You can pay with your smartphone and your smartwatch, but what about your smartcar?

Later this year, these companies are pilot-testing a new ordering system in Northern California that involves minimal human interaction. Customers can order pizza from their connected car on their way to a participating Pizza Hut using a feature called Interactive Voice Control (IVR — really, this is their official acronym). This feature allows you to place your order, hands-free, using your Visa Checkout account.

But it doesn’t end there.

Once in a parking spot designated for pickup, Bluetooth sensors and Beacon technology will notify the Pizza Hut staff that they can bring the order out to the car. Because walking is hard.

The concept car, designed by the three companies, is being demonstrated at MWC today.

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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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Hulu x Pizza Hut To Roll Out In-Commercial Online Pizza Ordering

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You’re in the middle of a 5-hour, binge-watching session. If you’re on Netflix, normally, the big red screen is nice enough to ask if you’re still alive and watching, but now, green competitor Hulu wants to do streamers one up, by letting you order pizza during your commercial breaks.

At its Hulu Upfront press junket earlier this week. Hulu announced its new “in-stream purchase units,” which, in current partnership with Pizza Hut, would allow viewers to order pizzas for pick-up or delivery in the time they would normally spend hearing about cars or birth control pills or car insurance. Because Hulu’s ads are mostly un-skippable, the announcement is a welcome upgrade to its previous attempts at interactive, consumer-specific commercials.

The pizza spots are set to roll out later this year, along with new cross-platform, multiple device interactive ads they’re currently calling “Hulu 360.”

The TL;DR of it all? It’s official: you really never have to leave your house again.

H/T Venture Beat + Picthx Hulu

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Watch Hipsters Being the Worst at Ordering Coffee [Video]

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From the same guys responsible for Hipsters Love Beer — an insanely accurate take on bar folk — comes a fabulous parody on the worst best people you’ll run into at a coffee shop.  Nachopunch delivers an especially entertaining comedy on patrons ordering double soy lattes with extra vanilla foam and organic beans caressed by the gentle hands of a coffee die-hard.

“Spell my name wrong so I can complain about it on Facebook,” requests one mustached gentleman. Another proudly displays his aged Sumatra roast, which comes in a stone desk fountain. A girl buys a special blend so a child in Uganda can have a latte too. Everyone’s a writer. One guy won’t stop asking for free refills or wifi.  In short, it’s perfect.