Amid increasing city and state mandates for restaurants to stop any dine-in options, restaurant software company Chowly announced today that it is offering restaurants a “no-cost startup package” to help dine-in establishments quickly shift their businesses into delivery-focused models.
From the press announcement emailed to The Spoon:
To help restaurants quickly start executing off-premise order fulfillment, Chowly’s COVID-19 Relief Response will offer waived setup fees and a 60-day, no-risk trial period to restaurants that sign up for a limited time.
Through Chowly, restaurants can integrate direct online ordering channels and third-party delivery platforms such as Grubhub, Uber Eats, DoorDash and Postmates. Chowly says restaurants can do this in a little as two business days and all orders through channels are sent directly to restaurants’ existing POS systems with no need for additional tablets, hardware or extra labor.
Being able to quickly get up and running with not just a delivery platform but one that can process and manage orders from multiple services at once is hugely important for restaurants at the moment. Most businesses operate under razor-thin margins in the best of times; having to close up shop for an unspecified amount of time could cause serious financial strain for some businesses and permanently close others.
Chowly’s offer is among the many ways the restaurant industry, and those dependent on it, are trying to cope with the global COVID-19 global pandemic. Other software companies like Foodetective, Bbot and Lavu have also made special offers to try and ease restaurants’ burdens.
As we have written extensively as of late, the coronavirus’ spread it rapidly upending not just the restaurant business, but the entire meal journey.