I’ve been self employed for most of my adult life but I still remember working in an office and making do with unappetising lunches I had packed from home (my culinary skills were left a little wanting back then). After a long morning I’d be facing leftovers mashed together into small containers or whatever lack-lustre lunch meat I could find slapped between two bread pieces. The traditional office lunch is never a meal that you reflect upon as delicious, filling, and catering to your taste buds. In fact, we’d often find ourselves heading to a nearby restaurant for lunch, but it would always be a bit of a rush!
Luckily, like all things in life these days, there’s an app for the problem! All over the UK, popular restaurants are partnering with takeaway services to increase sales and popularity. Hungry House is one of these delivery gurus in the UK market. It caters to thousands of restaurants and has dozens of cuisine options available to make office lunch exciting again.
Just a quick tap of a button, and these apps will showcase every restaurant within a predetermined distance from your current location that offers takeaway options. Their takeaway menu, alongside photos and business information, gives off the feeling of authenticity and connection to the restaurant at hand. Thinking of your favourite Indian food joint that you often visit for dinner? With takeaway giants such as Hungry House, Just Eat or Deliveroo, the chances are they are connected with one of these delivery services.
What is the benefit of popular restaurants signing up with these takeaway applications? Think about it – everyone (most of us) eat lunch. At a standard 9-5 workday, an hour lunch does not provide much time to run around the city, beating traffic, waiting in an unpredictable line, and returning to your desk for a final 8 minutes to speedily devour your meal. Although these restaurants obviously generate income during dinner hours, lunchtime has proven to be the money-maker. Places that traditionally have been a ghost town at noon are now bustling with office orders to be delivered.
The increase of takeaway delivery apps has proven to be successful for work function meals as well. By giving each employee the option to pick their own meal from their favourite places to eat can increase office morale and keep the stale pastries and coffee at bay. Thanks to GPS technology, another added feature of these takeaway apps is live monitoring of food delivery times. Users can virtually track the delivery driver on their way to their location and follow them along the map.
Picture this ideal situation: lunchtime is rolling around, and you take 2 minutes to select that Italian dish you have been craving all day on your takeaway app. The delivery window gives you enough time to finish up a few tasks. Your meal arrives, and you can fully enjoy your hard-earned hour break accompanied by a delicious meal. Too good to be true? Technology is here to redeem the lunch hour for good.