Group Ordering: Ritual's Newest Feature is Changing How Offices Do Lunch

If you're catering meals for meetings, it can be tricky business managing everyone's meal preferences and dietary restrictions. With Ritual for Team’s group ordering feature, you can bypass these difficulties by having everyone in attendance order from their mobile devices—exactly as they like it. 
by
Chris Houston
June 7, 2022

Ready to streamline the way your office orders food? With Ritual for Team's new group ordering feature, you can get the whole team in on your next coffee or lunch run without having to worry about spare change, e-payments between team members, or messing up anyone's order.

At the touch of your fingertips, you can create and schedule an active Ritual group order for pickup or delivery in advance and invite your colleagues to join with a shared link. This way, you can minimize the risk of error and skip the hassle and headaches that can come with individualized ordering.

Plus, you can set it and forget it. Simply create an order link, pay upfront or set an alternative payment method, and then sit back while your guests do the work. All you have to do is set an order deadline, and then pick up your order once it's ready. 

If you're catering meals for meetings, it can be tricky business managing everyone's meal preferences and dietary restrictions. With Ritual for Team’s group ordering feature, you can bypass these difficulties by having everyone in attendance order from their mobile devices—exactly as they like it. 

Want to find out how? Read on to see how Ritual's personalized food ordering program can have you building your next office lunch order or event catering in minutes.

How Ritual Works

Ritual partners with hundreds of local restaurants, cafes, and eateries of all kinds to connect you to the food you love. As a mobile ordering service, we make it easy to order food for pickup from the vendors you crave, as well as hidden gems and undiscovered holes-in-the-wall that might become your next favorite. 

With the Ritual app, users can order ahead of time from any of our participating local vendors. You can either order on the spot, or schedule a pick-up time later in the day. For business leaders, the Ritual for Teams platform lets entire office teams order together in a way that simplifies the checkout process and personalizes each dish to the individual's tastes.  

What is a Group Order?

Feeding your team has never been easier thanks to Ritual's new group order functionality. With the click of a button, you can neatly organize everyone's personalized order into a single checkout basket with a customized number of guests and payment method. Before you know it, your food and drinks will be ready and waiting for you.

To make the process even better, group orders benefit from these enhanced features that aren't available to regular Ritual orders:

  • Pick up or delivery options
  • Guests can pay for themselves, or the host can cover a portion per guest
  • Shareable order invite links
  • Order reminders sent automatically
  • The order is sent at a preset deadline via a no-touch process, requiring no input from the host

Whether you're in the mood for burgers, tacos, or a fresh, crisp salad, your choices are near-limitless with Ritual's group order function. Plus, every team member can customize their menu items just how they like them. All the work is done upfront. Once the order is created and guests are invited to join, the host can sit back and relax until it's pickup time. 

Unique to Ritual's group order programs are delivery options. This means that you can have your lunches, client meetings, or work parties catered directly to your office door. When it comes time to pay, you can do so individually or pay in full.

Do Lunch Seamlessly

If you're sick of the hassle of group ordering, Ritual is the fastest and easiest solution for coworkers, families, or friend groups to order as one. Simply share your order link, and let your colleagues add the dishes they want before you check out—it's that simple.

Not only that, but you can also collect delicious perks and credits while you use Ritual. For example, you might score a “$10 off Tuesdays” voucher, or a “BOGO Monday” coupon. There are also loyalty perks at select vendors, allowing you and your team to collect stamps that can be redeemed for free food or beverages. With each order, you can gain a stamp, which can be accumulated until you've collected enough for a free meal or menu item.

Why stop at lunch? With Ritual, you can handle breakfast meetings, snack breaks, coffee runs, and Friday treats with ease. And thanks to our group ordering feature, you can have it catered directly to your office's reception at the click of a button.

When it comes time to order, the process is simple:

  • Generate your invite link: Select your restaurant, payment method, number of people on the order, and scheduled pickup or delivery time.
  • Share your link: Spread the link around your team and encourage each of them to place their order before the cut off time
  • Submit your order: Once the order is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email to track your order progress and view other guests’ orders

Save Time, Cut Stress, and Focus on What Matters

Ritual's automatic reminders and alerts allow you to get down to business while we work hard to get your food in your hands. After ordering, you can return to work until you receive a push notification on your device that provides an update on your order, such as:

“You should start walking in 2 minutes to pick up your order”

By opting into Ritual's automatic alerts, you can stay informed about the status of your order, and time your departure so that you never pick up a cold order.

The result is significant time savings. Leaving the office at the perfect moment ensures that you aren't left hanging at the pick up counter, and won't have to wait around for your order to get packaged up. 

As a business leader, Ritual for Teams is an invaluable tool for simplifying event catering or office meetings. With Ritual for Teams, you no longer have to worry about payment hassles, since you have the option of paying for the order outright, covering a portion of each order participant's bill, or having each participant pay for their own share. 

What's more, you no longer have to worry about getting someone's order wrong. Ritual for Teams lets everyone tailor their dish exactly to their preferences or dietary restrictions, making group ordering stress-free for everyone. 

Fuel Your Team the Right Way

Teams that eat together perform better. According to recent research from the University of Oxford, people who eat together are significantly more likely to form close social bonds with one another. Therefore, by encouraging your team to do lunch with each other, you can solidify relationships between your colleagues and build a sense of team-wide solidarity. 

The end result is a team with higher job satisfaction and lower rates of burnout and absenteeism. If this sounds like a winning combination to you, you wouldn't be alone. Join the hundreds of progressive companies getting on board with Ritual for Teams, and see for yourself what social eating can do for your office environment.

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Chris Houston
Chris is the Chief Marketing Officer at Ritual. He brings with him 20+ years of experience in building and scaling high growth technology companies as both a founder and a senior executive. His extensive leadership expertise in marketing, product and business development has scaled and brought start-ups and corporations alike to new heights within the telecommunication, SAP and food technology industries. Outside of his day job, he is also an investor, advisor, board member and a father. He enjoys writing about thought leadership, start-ups, product marketing, business strategy, team building, and more.
Chris Houston
Chris is the Chief Marketing Officer at Ritual. He brings with him 20+ years of experience in building and scaling high growth technology companies as both a founder and a senior executive. His extensive leadership expertise in marketing, product and business development has scaled and brought start-ups and corporations alike to new heights within the telecommunication, SAP and food technology industries. Outside of his day job, he is also an investor, advisor, board member and a father. He enjoys writing about thought leadership, start-ups, product marketing, business strategy, team building, and more.