online food order system....


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Tom Gahagan

Hello all......

Anyone have experience with online food (to go) order systems?

Recommendations...... pitfalls to look out for.... ANY advice, etc would be
appreciated.

Thanks
Tom Gahagan
eThomaston
 
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chris leeds

I went looking at the usual places (fuzzy software, aspin, and the like) the
only thing that I found that was nice was a "hosted solution" which I wasn't
interested in.
what is the application going to be for (real world example) I did a nice
template for a "soup lady" some time back and was kind of interested in a
"real time" ordering system, not for her though.

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Tom Gahagan

Hi chris......

I've got a guy that is opening up a small deli and he wants customers to be
able to place online "to go" orders. The easy way will be to just have them
keep outlook open and checking for emails every minute or so and have the
form (menu) results sent to them via email..... but I thought is someone had
something a little "cooler" :) that I would take a look at it.

Anyway.... my searching has not come up with anything close to what I
want..... so I will probably just do it down and dirty and easy! lol

I guess if I were ambitious I would dust off my coding skills and write some
code to read the emails and translate it into a nice order print out.....
but it has been a few months now since I've done any "REAL" coding! < vbg >

Later....
Tom Gahagan
 
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chris leeds

how about this:
make a form in FrontPage, configure it's output to be legible, save it to an
html page (the results of the form input) put a meta refresh on the page for
one minute, and have the deli man keep the page open in his browser window.
less resources require than email and it can be a fairly nice looking
output. you could even do a custom confirmation page for the customers.
 
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Tom Gahagan

ooooohhh.... I am defiantly going to play with that idea! thanks chris.

Tom Gahagan
 
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chris leeds

keep me posted if you don't mind. you can always contact me through the
soon to be revamped http://nedp.net/support

It's something that I've been interested in. the same concept could be done
for almost a "live chat" type situation. I won a t-shirt for the tip of
using the fp discussion web as a one on one "live chat/ IM". mmmmm t-shirt.
;-)
 
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Tom Gahagan

chris leeds said:
keep me posted if you don't mind. you can always contact me through the
soon to be revamped http://nedp.net/support
Will do......!
A lot will depend on the client and what they have to spend. From my first
(phone) impression they want it done on the cheap so we may have to take the
path of least expense but your suggestion has gotten my juices going enough
that I just may work on it anyway.

My first thought, however, is about mutlitple orders... how to handle
that??? (for the client side presentation)

Best
Tom Gahagan
 
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chris leeds

make them place the order, and on the confirmation page have a link back to
the form that says "place another order".
that's about as easy as it gets. you may want some text on the form page
explaining.......

shouldn't take too long to do it with a fp form and a self refreshing
"results page".
 
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Tom Gahagan

Sorry... I was not clear.. what I meant was the multiple orders at the
receiving site... in other words how the deli shop guys screen will handle
seeing several orders at once.

Would each received order pop up a different window or I might have to do
come grid work with a script and database.... or other options.

Again... sorry for not being clear. ..... duh! lol

Tom Gahagan
 
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chris leeds

no, with the way the FrontPage form handler works it'll write them in
sequence to the same page. so it refreshes, the next order will be at the
top of the screen and the others would have moved down. you can even format
the page with .css, tables, or a fp theme/template and it looks pretty good.
 
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Tom Gahagan

cool......

I'm going this morning to meet with the fellow..... hopefully he will want
to get started right away. Anyway... I'll keep you posted..... and will
probably have some questions for my thick skull! lol

Have a great Christmas season......

Tom G
 
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Daniel

Try www.UltraDining.com. They offer food online order service to the
restaurants and collect 5% of total orders taken by their web site.

As a restaurant owner, you can post/edit the menu online and other
info including open hours etc. You have total control to the contents
you post.

When a customer place a take out order, the order will be faxed to the
restaurant directly. That's mean the restaurant has to have a fax
machine to take orders.
 
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You can also try http://www.merosys.com The site is quite user friendly and provides a fast and convenient medium for ordering food online. All the necessary details are provided about the registered restaurants and the food they offer.
 
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With online ordering everything is easier, we only should have a device with internet and we can make our order from anywhere. I'm addicted to this service is very useful for me.
Most importantly it saves you both time and money.
This is the website that I use for onder food
Eatonline Online & Mobile food ordering systems
 

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