MCDONALD'S, KFC, AND SUBWAY STAFF SAY WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT BE ORDERING
We all have our favourites when it comes to choosing our meal at McDonald's.
While some may prefer to opt for a Big Mac others will favour the McChicken Sandwich, but have you ever considered what meals you should not be ordering?
One user on the online discussion site Reddit did just that and received thousands of replies detailing some of the most stomach-churning stories about the things that go on behind the scenes of a fast food kitchen.
The anonymous user asked: "Fast food workers, what should we never order from you?"
The Birmingham Mail collated some of the answers given to this question and found McDonald's staff the first to reply with blackjak852 responding: "I used to work at McDonald's.
"Don't order our fish patties.
"No one ever does and I swear some days we'd make a batch and it would sit there all day until someone ordered some."
Another user named, Call_Me_Feefer, agreed and said: "Fish fillet from McDonald's, I've seen those things sit there for hours before getting served."
CHICAGO RESTAURANTS OFFERING SECRET MENUS
Local review website Yelp has Chicago's biggest secret.
As part of the "Order The Yelp," 50 restaurants will offer new, never-before-seen items for their menus. These include Mongo Mousse and Mango Ice Cream at Artango Steakhouse, Yelp Steak N' Fry Pizza at Dimo's, George's Feta Dog at George's Hot Dogs, A Double Decker Yelp Lamb Shammi Burger at Hakka Bakka, The Check In Sandwich at Pastoral, Tsukemen Yelp Ramen at Strings and 5 Star Yelp Balls at Yum Dum Food Truck!
All of the promotional new items at these spots and more will be 50% off their normal price with a check in on the Yelp app! Enjoy tastes of some of Chicago's favorite spots as they create the new menu items for just two weeks.
Check out the full list of participating restaurants.
SHOP TILL YOU DROP --- AT THESE RESTAURANTS
At Herb + Eatery, a trendy Little Italy marketplace, you can order a righteously healthy beet, quinoa, kale and Humboldt Fog salad and buy a bar of “Detox” soap, made from activated charcoal and French green clay.
A few blocks away at the sweets super-emporium Extraordinary Desserts, there are three versions of macarons: books to read about the colorful French treats; dainty, playful macaron earrings to wear; and of course, the actual cookies to eat.
And at Cucina Sorella, the popular neighborhood eatery in Kensington, before or after grazing through the Cal-Ital offerings, you can pick up some scented candles, kitchen towels or party supplies.
At these and a number of upscale restaurants around San Diego County, eating and shopping are both on the menu as retail components become an increasingly popular way to expand or enhance brand identity, elevate the dining experience and provide a modest boost to the bottom line.
THE FALLING FORTUNE OF FAST-CASUAL FOOD
Fresh ingredients, no tipping and sleek design made fast-casual restaurants a darling of the millennial customers every business strives to attract.
The hot streak is over. The category’s once-enviable growth looks like it’s hit a plateau. This year, U.S. fast-casual sales growth will slow to between 6 percent and 7 percent from about 8 percent in 2016, according to industry consultant Pentallect. In each of the prior five years, sales had grown between 10 percent and 11 percent.
“The segment has become saturated and has some issues,” said Bob Goldin, a Chicago-based Pentallect partner. “There are signs of maturity.”
There’s turmoil throughout the industry. Noodles & Co. and Pie Five, which sells personalized pizzas, are closing locations. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers abandoned its fast-casual Burger Works venture, shuttering outlets and re-branding others. Mexican-food seller Qdoba is delaying new openings amid falling sales. Sandwich maker Potbelly said it expects negative sales for the year as its largest-volume restaurant closes. And Zoe’s Kitchen has posted slower growth lately.
ONLINE ORDERING FOR RESTAURANTS GO BEYOND SALES
While a restaurant online ordering system will certainly contribute to increased sales since take-out and on-delivery customers can order from the menu, it also has other benefits. You, as the restaurant owner or manager, will find that it is one of the most worthwhile investments in your daily operations and profit goals.
You should, furthermore, ensure that the services delivered via the system are seamless and accessible where customers are concerned. For example, a customer can go to your website or Face Book page, click a button, and be redirected to the menu page, aside from its accessibility for a wide range of mobile devices including iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.
Adding Robust Features
Accuracy is a must for an effective and efficient POS and online ordering system. You have to work with the system developer in ironing out the kinks in the system particularly in significantly reducing, if not completely eliminating, the errors in the process. Otherwise, your customers will be unsatisfied with it, find another similar restaurant to place their orders, and take their entire business with them – and you lost another customer, a cycle that can go on and on.
Other robust features that can be added to a world-class system include the ability to add menu items, promo discounts and the like, and customizations on orders. You should also request for powerful analytics, which will provide management with the facts and figures necessary to evaluate and formulate strategies.
Ultimately, your chosen system should work for the benefit of your customers and your business. Your sales and profits will likely increase, thanks to the increased patronage from your customers partly because of your new online ordering system.
PROVING THE FISH IS FRESH USING SNAPCHAT STORIES
French supermarket chain U has a wide selection of fresh seafood and was looking to promote that fact. TBWA/Paris steered them toward using Snapchat Stories in order to verify to customers its fish were indeed freshly caught.
Using Snapchat Spectacles, a fisherman, a sales manager and a fishmonger all capture a fish's final hours before arrival at the store. Customers can scan printed snapcodes to see the Snapchat Story of the fish. Because Snapchat Stories only last for 24 hours, it underlines the fact that the fish arrived that day.
This supermarket is using Snapchat to show how fresh its fish is, check out this video.