Browsing: Mobile Applications

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Want to put a digital billboard up on the virtual road? Look into a new mobile application, Yillio. Geared towards the smart-phone-equipped motorist (or better, the navigator at his/her side), Yillio shows the special promotions, events and coupons being offered in businesses along the way, either on a planned route, Google-Navigation style, or wherever your passersby are riding at the moment.

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Leave it to a former employee of HotWire (Ryan Jones, co-founder) to come up with an app that helps restaurants occupy their chefs during downtimes. Go Dish app users get a daily list of 10-25 meal deals from participating restaurants. These meals, all to go, are dynamically priced based on off-peak day part. The further from push time the customer agrees to pick them up, the lower the price.

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With her credit card or PayPal account pre-registered to a mobile payment system, and the system’s app installed on her phone, a diner can use a smartphone or a table-side tablet to see and settle the bill.

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Just as wine lists and food are typically offered on separate menus, CorkGuru is an iPad application dedicated to wine. Web-based, it also knows your restaurant’s inventory and removes depleted stocks from the list, making sure that guests only see what you can provide. Naturally, customers can peruse by categories of varietal, vineyard and price. They can also drill down to an individual wine’s tasting notes and potential food pairings. Sommeliers can accurately track sales and better tailor purchases to demand. Low-stock alerts prevent disappointments.

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Contrary to popular belief, online ordering goes all the way back to the dawn of consumer Internet access. Pizza Hut launched its PizzaNet hub in 1994. Today, not only does the chain invite customers to order up pies via Android, iPad, iPhone and Windows Phone; you can summon delivery from your Xbox 360.

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The arrival of table-side tablet computers, now surfacing in national chains such as Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Chili’s Grill & Bar, could help restaurants boost customer satisfaction, increase check size and improve marketing.

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