COVID 19 has greatly affected the world and no industry is more affected than hospitality. The impact of the virus and all the recommended precautionary measures will be around for a long time to come.
Social activities including parties, clubs, hoteling, and gatherings might resume, but deep inside ourselves would lie a deep-rooted fear of the coronavirus.
As the world is gradually recovering from the damages inflicted by the coronavirus, many countries have allowed the reopening of businesses and restaurants. However, with strict guidelines that ensure social distancing is practiced and prevent physical contact of things between people. These also include removing of paper menus with the recommended approach being Menu Boards, disposable menus, and QR or Digital Menus.
Therefore, the restaurant industry has had to revise their working conditions as they are the places where people gather, and as their equipment (utensils and menus) goes through many hands.
Even governments have advised the restaurants to switch from regular menus to contactless menus to avoid the spread of germs.
Coming towards the COVID 19 contactless menu, there are only two possible ways for these COVID menus. First is the digital menu boards, while the second is QR code menus.
Digital Menu Boards
You might have seen the large LED boards behind the counters on McDonald’s and KFC. These boards are a safe way to avoid using the regular menus. However, some drawbacks that need to discuss here are that the installation expense of these digital menus is very high. A normal quality digital board costs around $600 that is way less attractive than the starry ones at McDonald’s or any other chain.
Therefore, the usage of these digital menus is only feasible for high-end chains with enormous budgets, and it is not worthwhile for new restaurants.
QR Scan Menus
The second method of these menus is QR code menus. As the world is progressing towards contactless hoteling, this is one of the most reliable forms of COVID contactless menus.
These menus are a QR code printed on a table card or a poster pasted on a wall, which the customers scan through their phone’s camera, QR code scanner, or Google lens.
Scanning these QR menus directs the clients to a digital menu opened in a browser. Additionally, these companies also provide supplemental services like order placement and seamless order payment in one window.
Here I have listed some of the best COVID menus providers below:
Beaconstac is a marketing software that provides contactless digital solutions to restaurants and retail businesses of all sizes. Recently, They have released their COVID 19 QR code menu generator for restaurants to switch themselves towards contactless menus.
Their software enables you to build a responsive and interactive menu for your restaurant by an easy-to-use drag and drop builder.
This helps the companies gain control over their menu, and they can customize the menus according to their requirements.
Moreover, it stores the cookies information so the companies can advertise their visitors about the latest deals and additions in their menus.
Presto is another company that has been producing contactless dining utilities. Their contactless QR code menu has been very popular among companies with over 300,000 clients.
Presto provides custom made table cards for its clients with the menu integrated with the QR code.
Moreover, their COVID menu program provides the service of contactless ordering and payments, which is integrated with the restaurant’s POS system.
Some of the plus points of Prest are that it has a digital waitlist for people and keeps track of their past orders. Therefore, with frequent usage of clients, it makes the usage of the menu even easier.
Price: Free right now(due to COVID 19).
Orderlina is an online ordering web-based application, which provides COVID menus. Their highly interactive and responsive interface allows the restaurant management and their customers to receive a very unique and unmatched dining experience.
Orderlina provides QR code menus-printed on the table cards to its clients. Moreover, they provide an extremely handy tool in their menus that lets the customers order from the nearest venue to their location. Restaurants are able to gain additional orders by promoting their Takeaway, Curbside, and order in advance menus on Facebook and Instagram. With limited table numbers, this is a welcome revenue boost.
Their easy-to-use application helps the restaurant owners to customize their menu easily, and they can even integrate their POS services to their contactless menu.
During COVID 19, orderlina has also introduced self-managed delivery for its clients. This helps the clients with home deliveries with zero commission.
Price: $0-$19-$99/ month
Lunchbox is a company that provides massive digital ordering suites to its clients.
Their clients partner with lunchbox to produce a custom made online ordering program, which includes everything that is used in the restaurant business.
All of the restaurant services including menus, ordering, payments, and deliveries are maintained by lunchbox.
Moreover, they focus on producing sales insight for their clients, so they know about the popularity of certain dishes.
Their growth hacking toolkit enables you to improve the ordering experience and attract more customers to your restaurants.
Scanour.menu is an online contactless menu provider company that is helping restaurants reopen in COVID 19 crisis. Through its online menu builder, this company produces table cards featuring the QR codes customized to the brand’s profile.
Scanour.menu keeps the restaurant’s working extremely simple. The COVID menu is all online and accessed through the local browser on mobile phones. Therefore, it stores cookies on customer’s mobile phones, and it is easier to make the ordering experience seamless for the customers.
Price: Free Until Sept 2020 then $25-$45/month per location)
Finedinemenu is another digital menu service provider. Their service of digital menus is a bit different from other providers. The basic plan includes a custom design online tablets and software menu provided to the clients.
The clients add and remove the dishes on themselves. The customers have access to these digital tablet menus, and they take orders from it.
Furthermore, finedinemenu also provides pickup and delivery services to help restaurants provide home deliveries to their customer. Note that these services are commission-free.
These were the top 6 COVID menu providers for existing and new restaurants. All of these service providers are extremely reliable and easy to use for all people.
As the world is changing, we must be ready to adapt ourselves to that change. COVID 19 is also an example of such change. We must make sure that we can tackle such situations to keep ourselves on track for success.
I recommend restaurants to use Orderlina due to its gorgeous interface, fast set up, and low-cost entry point.