23 September, 2016
Mobile ordering app, Tapingo, is now live on the campus of Temple University and is enabling users to view menus, place orders and skip lines at all Sodexo-run locations on campus.
According to Temple News, Sodexo’s general manager for Temple had been in talks with Tapingo about a partnership for about a year. The university’s reasoning for bringing the mobile ordering app to campus was to reduce lines and simplify food purchases on campus. Students can also connect their Temple OWLcards to the app, opening up the use of Diamond Dollars and meal swipes to purchase food.
At present, only Tapingo’s mobile ordering and pick-up features are supported at Temple, but the campus will implement delivery with a projected launch for October. Tapingo is currently available at all Sodexo-run locations on campus including popular locations like the student center food court and the campus’ Starbucks location.
University officials say that the only campus location not included in the forthcoming delivery service will be a campus ice cream shop, largely due to the logistics of delivering the product. Tapingo will also be reaching out to restaurant locations close to Temple’s campus to give students more options.
In its short time on Temple’s campus, university officials report that 1,609 users have registered for the app and more than 100 new people register each day. Moreover, the app is facilitating an average of 315 orders daily, with numbers increasing.
Sodexo also believes that the introduction of Tapingo to campus, and the app’s subsequent success, will help the company to renew its food-service contract with the university when contract renewal talks come around next month.