MenuDrive, a white-labeled online ordering platform, is announcing free online ordering and CRM software, supporting internal or third party courier delivery for U.S. restaurants. The announcement comes as more restaurants are affected by state-wide shutdowns and social distancing strategies to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most local restaurants do not have existing courier networks. MenuDrive allows restaurants to add their own delivery services, or utilize Lavu’s national partner for fixed-price, commission-free deliveries.
“We’ve been working on various strategies to help restaurant customers during this time and we believe MenuDrive to be a game-changer, making the difference between shutting down or surviving for some,” said Lavu CEO Saleem S. Khatri. “We knew restaurants needed access to something more than telephone carryout orders so we decided to offer MenuDrive for free. Enhancing our customer offering while supporting small businesses is what we strive to do.”
MenuDrive is perfect for restaurants new to online ordering because of its marketing features. The platform includes tools like email marketing, coupons, and a loyalty program that are built-in and ready to go. The integration between MenuDrive and Lavu allows menus to be automatically uploaded to an online storefront and the marketing tools help users spread the word and drive business from day one. MenuDrive also integrates with several other point of sale systems, including FuturePOS and Clover. While customers can benefit from an integrated solution, they may use MenuDrive out of the box with no integration and get set up in as little as 60 minutes.
Free online ordering is a further addition to Lavu’s Coronavirus Relief Plan which was announced earlier this month offering free software hosting to Lavu customers around the globe who are forced to shut down due to the crisis.
“This is the second phase of our relief plan and we’re continuing to work on more strategies to help our customers stay operational,” Khatri said. “We’ve heard from too many of our customers about fears of keeping their businesses alive and we are determined to do everything we can.”
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