The Holiday Benefits of Pre-Order & Catering
September 14, 2022
This season, save time, stay organized and drive more revenue by accepting catering orders in advance with BentoBox.
For restaurants that offer catering, the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. End-of-year corporate parties, family gatherings and special holiday-themed events characterize a season in which festivities move indoors and the party calendar fills up. More business is great, but the added stress that comes with it is not, especially if your catering system isn’t set up for success.
BentoBox is here to make your holiday easier with Pre-Order & Catering, a tool to help you minimize the unpredictability of holiday ordering while driving more revenue upfront. Here are six ways in which Pre-Ordering & Catering helps you convert more website traffic into business and plan ahead comfortably for inventory, staffing and revenue — both this holiday season and in the new year.
1. Collect guaranteed revenue ahead of time
Give your cash flow an early present this year, and lock in revenue weeks ahead of time by routing your catering business to our easy ordering and payment flow integrated into your website. Customers pay upfront through a secure, easy-to-navigate payment system, where you’ll see their order the moment it’s submitted.
2. Save time on big orders
Let your would-be phone operators off the hook. Redirect back-of-house hours away from taking complicated orders and packaging together special catering orders. With Pre-Order & Catering, large catering orders simply appear in your system fully customized and ready to start planning for.
3. Set up clear expectations with customers
Taking orders via Pre-Order & Catering lets your customers customize their orders and avoid surprising you with last-minute changes or clarifications. BentoBox’s user-friendly system ensures that by the time they hit purchase, they know exactly what they’re going to get and you can get to work.
4. Plan for staffing & inventory better
Pre-Order & Catering lets you see everything you’ll need to prepare and deliver in a given time period, both at a glance and well ahead of time. This helps you order your inventory with certainty about how much you’ll need (thus eliminating waste and helping you run more efficiently) and staff up in preparation for a busy, but organized holiday period.
5. See your orders at a glance or in-depth
Organize your catering orders however is most convenient for you. BentoBox displays your orders in batch view, as a manifest, and in prep sheet format. Whether your use case is trying to understand inventory or labor requirements, scheduling or delivery logistics, you can sort your orders in a streamlined way that makes sense.
6. Gain customer info for remarketing later on
Here’s a New Year’s Resolution: keep the holiday bump in business going into January and beyond. With Pre-Order & Catering, you’ll own all the guest data that comes in during the holiday season, allowing you to market to them going forward and turn that holiday spike into loyal regulars. This data helps you understand not just who your customers are, but what they ordered and what they might like to see in the future.
Streamline your holiday with Pre-Order & Catering
Give your restaurant the gift of predictable schedules, higher revenue and a season’s worth of new customers. Integrate Pre-Order & Catering into your BentoBox website now, and be ready for success when the merriment heats up.
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