Cafeteria eCommerce: delivery to the dorms

Have you ever thought of having a cafeteria app that serves the same food through delivery to the dorms? Let us tell you this great idea for your university.

Paulina Karadagian
4 min read

I used to live on campus while I was attending college. I believe it was the best time of my life. Long-lasting friendships, some love, sisterhood ... The college's library was my number one favorite spot. Can you guess which was my second one? Yup! The cafeteria. I used to spend hours there with friends and by myself.

 

As an international student, it was my place to socialize, even though the weekends were spooky (especially during the first two weeks of January, when everybody was at home, still on the Christmas holidays). I became good friends with Chico. Chico was the college's cook. He came from an Italian family and was about 6.3 feet tall, bulky, and was proud of his white cook hat and apron and his black, enormous mustache. His face reminded me of Mario from Mario Bros. Well, he was like Mario after he ate the mushroom and turned into this gentle giant. I talked to him a lot. In return, my portion was getting bigger and bigger as days went by! He even healed me once and provided me with first aid when I cut my knee with a piece of ice when I slipped. That scar has been part of me since February 1991.

 

Every single time I ordered some pizza or Chinese food to my dorm, I felt I was betraying Chico. Don't get me wrong, his food was delicious, but it was so cold outside that going down the snowy hill to the cafeteria was a real challenge for me. Not to mention returning with a blizzard, getting my boots sinking in the snow, and climbing back up. I'm so fond of those memories that I usually daydream about those times.

 

The other day, I had an epiphany: Hey! I've found a way I could not betray Chico in this era!

Cafeteria App? Delivery to the dorms?

You may say I'm a dreamer (but I'm not the only one, ask John Lennon). Imagine you present to your students an App so they can get affordable and delicious food from the cafeteria to anywhere on campus? Not only for students but the staff, too.

 

I did some research and found that this service, as you know, is highly used and appreciated. You download your App on your mobile - and it can be done for desktops too! - browse the menu and today's special, select, pay, and either you go and pick it up yourself and avoid long lines at the cafeteria, or someone delivers it right at your dorm's doorstep. Sounds magical, I know.

Is that even possible?

Of course, it is! Like a parking App that you can get to pay in advance, monthly, or even lock up a parking space for your students, you can get an App for your cafeteria.

 

You might be thinking "how"? In the same way that you can integrate social media into your website, you can integrate this App. It will have all the benefits of Drupal plus:

 

  • Easy to access sales records.
  • Easy to handle and manage.
  • It's scalable, meaning your server will adjust its capacity on demand.
  • It's easy to manage discounts and calculate taxes for each sale.
  • Keep track of your sales and stock.

 

Let alone that it will translate to a growing revenue for your establishment. (And no one would feel like they are betraying their local Chico!). Nowadays, everything tends to make life easier and worry less. You can even try to upscale the menu on special days or celebrate special nights with food from different countries! I'm sure your foodies will appreciate the gesture.

 

I almost forgot to mention something: you'd be a trendsetter since no college or university I know has something like this, tailor-made for you.

 

At Awkbit, we want to make your dreams come true. If you can imagine, we can do it! We want to transform your university into a full, enjoyable digital experience. As a software factory, we can materialize all of your wildest ideas. So, what are you waiting for? Let's talk while we order some food from the cafeteria, delivered right to your office's doorstep! Don't miss the opportunity to make Chico happy.

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