3 food delivery and pick-up apps in Singapore
A subscription service for diners to pick-up meals
The lowdown: MealPal is ideal for those who don't have time to jostle with lunchtime crowds and queues. The order process begins with an email notification sent to users when the kitchen opens. Customers who log-in to the app are given the option to choose a weekday lunch or dinner. These orders are collated by 10:30am for lunch and 4pm for dinner, sending one bulk consolidated order (via email or SMS) to restaurants and eateries to prepare the meals. MealPal currently has more than 250 F&B partners, including The Soup Spoon, Teppei Syokudo, Tuk Tuk Cha and Grain Traders as well as hawker stalls at Lau Pa Sat, Amoy Street Food, and Timber+. With this technology, F&B outlets can also plan their inventory, and control their labour and inventory costs.
How it works: This global food tech company offers meal subscription services for users to pick them up. For a monthly fee of $95.88, you will get 12 meals ($7.99 per meal). On weekdays, you can choose from hundreds of local restaurants offering meals via the app. At the eatery, you tap on the 'Pick Up' button in your app to open the QR scanner. You can then scan the QR code at the pickup point to collect your order, which will then register as a successful pickup. Before ordering your next meal, you will be prompted to rate your meal and provide feedback on it. These anonymous feedbacks will be shared with the F&B outlets to help them adjust on their meal offerings to serve you better in the future.
To skip the wait, order ahead for both takeaway and dine-in
The lowdown: Eatsy is a platform app that allows diners to place their takeway orders in advance, then head down to the eatery to collect their food when notified. For dine- in, you can walk into the restaurant, and your food is served based on your mobile order. You don't have to wait for waiters to get your order and settle the bill, as its cashless. You can even choose to split the bill with your friends. The app features over 150 merchants that are mostly located in the CBD — including Tanuki Raw, Standing Sushi Bar, Pizza Express and stalls at Pasar Bella etc.
How it works: A single mobile app that allows diners to order and pay-on-demand (auto in-app payment) wherever they are at their favourite restaurants. Diners can also order on the go (on their way to work / from their offices), and swing by to collect their food once notified. Essentially, they would have skipped the queue and conveniently ordered and paid for their food.
Lunchtime delivery to a designated spot
The lowdown: Plum app members will be sent a daily lunch menu with five to eight options, which includes at least: a Western dish, an Asian dish and a vegetarian option (from 800 F&B partners islandwide). Plum will typically bring your food to the ground floor of the building you work in, and there will be two time slots in which you are able to choose from to pick up your lunch. Timings may vary per district. You will receive a 'push notification' through the mobile app and/or an email, which will include pick-up instructions as well as a photograph illustrating where the team will be located.
How it works: You have to wait for your meal notification message before proceeding to pick up your meal. The ordering window starts at 12pm the day before delivery and will cut off by 10.30am. There's no minimum order, and the best part? There's no delivery fee.
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