CATERING TECH SOLUTIONS

Understand the tech you’ll need to handle catering, smoothly.

With catering back on the rise, we have outlined the three main catering tech solutions that can properly equip your business depending on your needs and logistics. Explore the different types of catering solutions available, their functionality, and real examples to find the right solution for you.

Third-Party Catering Marketplaces

IDEAL FOR:

Operators that appease corporate, pre-scheduled catering needs through an existing marketplace.

KEY FUNCTIONALITY:

  • Place group orders and large-format catering orders
  • Schedule recurring orders
  • Create company-specific promotions and loyalty programs
  • Create semi-custom branded ordering experiences
  • Create house accounts for a company to subsidize overall food costs, promotions, programs
  • Set “per diem” or maximum spend per individual per day

Tech Solution Example

HOW IT WORKS:

  • Offers a personalized and automated experience, where each employee has their own account under the company umbrella and the employer can subsidize a portion of or the whole meal.
  • Releases menu options for the upcoming week every Friday, giving employees menu options from 2 different restaurants.

Catering through on-demand first-party online ordering platform

IDEAL FOR:

Operators looking for basic back-office functionality and catering-specific features and tools within their existing online ordering platform.

KEY FUNCTIONALITY:

  • Ability to create catering-only menus in parallel to on-demand ordering menus
  • Access to existing courier networks
  • Create custom branded ordering experiences (white-labeled domain)
  • Ability to order in advance
  • Access to key data
  • Not commission based

Tech Solution Example

HOW IT WORKS:

  • First-party online ordering platform that allows for the creation of a catering-specific menu to be built alongside standard online ordering menu.
  • Compatible integrations with leading POS providers.
  • Accepts additional, secure payment options, such as Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Catering-only ordering, back-office management platforms

IDEAL FOR:

Caterers or independent restaurants that require more robust back-office catering & event coordination and management tools.

KEY FUNCTIONALITY:

  • Centralized booking and lead management
  • Variety of billing and payment options
  • Internal task management
  • Work order generation and banquet event orders
  • Ability to anticipate sales and block order for specific days/times
  • Automated catering policies
  • Supports on-site catering and events

Tech Solution Example

HOW IT WORKS:

  • Provides a central location to access all of your bookings, tools that streamline the event planning process for clients and employees, and features to grow your catering business.
  • Online payment portal with your choice of full-service payment providers like Stripe and Clover Connect.
  • Create custom reports, track sales performance, and view booking trends.