Back in 1994, Pizza Hut introduced the wholly novel concept of ordering food online, rather than the traditional method of ordering via a telephone. Fast-forward nearly three decades later, and revenue from online food delivery in Canada alone is an estimated $6.45 billion US.
Given those figures, it’s understandable why there is a proliferation of premium food delivery companies in recent years. Of course, the question remains which is the best fit for your organization.
With so many different premium food delivery companies out there, it can be a bit daunting to choose which is the best option for the workplace environment. The “platform-to-consumer” delivery market is gargantuan.
In 2022, approximately 29% of Canadians have used a food delivery app, including in the office environment. Yet, not all premium food delivery companies are created equally. In the age of mobile ordering, you need a platform that provides the most powerful meal experience for the office milieu.
The increasing popularity of food delivery apps is undeniable given their convenience, yet most people aren’t cognizant of the cost they pay for that convenience. A recent New York Times report analyzed the costs of prominent food delivery apps, and found that app users paid an additional 7% to an astounding 91% (depending on the delivery app used) than customers who ordered the same meal at the restaurant.
For more context pertaining to your office, an average of 37% is spent on delivery fees and markups. Below is an example of cost breakdown ordering meals for your employees to the office using food delivery apps.
A $4MM investment (1000 employees x $15 per day) less 37% =
Increasingly, organizations understand the plethora of benefits of corporate meal programs. Increased productivity, fostering familial company culture, and hence a stronger, more unified company are all advantages of providing employees with free meals through some form of office catering.
Yet gone are the days when workplace food perks simply involved having a set menu catered to the office. Ritual for Companies offers advanced catering solutions to offices with customizable meal plans that fit the needs of every team member and budget.
As a core Ritual product, Ritual for Companies is the most powerful mobile ordering platform available to organizations. Not only will you incentivize your team members back to the office with location-based meal credits, but you attract new talent and retain top employees by offering delicious meals and beverages that will boost productivity and promote employee engagement. Moreover, you provide flexibility for hybrid teams to utilize their credits on the days they return to the office.
Ritual for Companies enables organizations to create wholly customizable meal programs that fit any budget, and the needs of all team members. The platform is intuitive, simple to use and configure, and provides advanced reporting options. Plus, there are no additional costs like administration fees or setup fees.
With the Ritual for Companies group ordering solution, organizations can provide each team member with individual order customization options. Furthermore, your team can collect loyalty stamps for eligible orders and apply company credits.
For additional convenience, group ordering enables you to share the order link on Slack or include the link in a meeting inviteSome of the enhanced features of group ordering with Ritual for Companies include the option to either pay in full or up to a certain amount, automated order reminders, and the option to either pick up an order or have it delivered.
A distinctive aspect of ordering with Ritual for Companies is the Piggyback feature, which provides a new level of social ordering. Via Webex, your entire team can enjoy the social component of ordering meals and seeing who is a part of the order.
Team members have the ability to take turns picking up the takeout order, which earns them points toward free food and beverages. No other premium food delivery company or corporate meal program provides that sort of incentivization and team-wide social integration.
Socialization in the workplace is imperative to fostering a sense of togetherness in the workplace. In fact, research has found a clear correlation between workplace socialization and increased productivity amongst team members.
Ritual’s group ordering solution provides an unparalleled social experience for your entire team, unlike any other meal program. Teams that eat together, socialize together, and teams that socialize are much more likely to be satisfied at work and keep feelings of burnout at bay.
There are numerous health and mental benefits of walking, even if it is simply 5 to 10 minutes each day to pick up lunch. One such benefit is increased physical and cognitive energy, because walking raises oxygen levels throughout the body.
Additionally, there are mental benefits which are equally as important. Research has found that walking is extremely beneficial to one’s mental health. A quick walk can significantly lower anxiety, stress, and improve self-efficacy and socialization skills—all of which improve one's performance at work.
In essence, the Piggyback feature of Ritual for Companies further elevates the group ordering experience for your team in the following way:
Welcoming your team back to the office with free meals is a fantastic gesture that will instill a sense of togetherness, and strengthen your company culture. Creating an exceptional workplace that fosters aspects of conviviality and socialization, particularly something so universally enjoyable as sharing meals together, ultimately makes for a stronger organization.