May 9, 2019
Curbside Service app SWIPEBY brings “drive-thru” convenience to local restaurants
Local entrepreneur Carl Turner launches acclaimed local start-up SWIPEBY - Winston-Salem restaurants first to offer curbside service
SWIPEBY, a new app available on Android and iOS, brings the convenience of curbside service to many local Winston-Salem restaurants. Users place an order online, drive to the restaurant and a waiter brings their food right to their car.
Winston-Salem, NC: Walmart, Harris Teeter, Chick’fil’A, McDonalds are investing billions in Curbside Service infrastructure and technology. While this trend has taken hold amongst multi-national companies, smaller local entities are becoming left behind. SWIPEBY is changing that - enabling any local restaurant to offer the same “drive-thru” convenience to their customers via the SWIPEBY apps and platform. A user places an order via the SWIPEBY app, the restaurant staff will be waiting with their food curbside. No need to grab your wallet – all payments are processed securely within the app.
Carl Turner, a Wake Forest University graduate (’17) founded SWIPEBY as the evolution of his first venture Neighborz, a “tinder for food” like app. “While launching Neighborz, we learned a lot about the real pain points in the take-out business, for users as well as for restaurants – SWIPEBY is the answer to all these problems,” says Carl Turner, CEO and founder of SWIPEBY. Turner argues, “Food delivery in suburban markets, like Winston-Salem, is not only very expensive to the users but, between long wait times and cold food, can be a dissatisfying experience. While restaurants are not at fault for these third-party shortcomings, these delivery experiences can translate into complaints to the restaurant. Coupled with the already high revenue shares to the delivery platforms, we knew there had to be a better solution for restaurants.” SWIPEBY charges the restaurant a lower fee and the customer nothing (no fees, no subscription).
“This is a super convenient offer for everyone, and particularly for everyone, who doesn't want to leave the car, e.g. parents with young kids, people with disabilities,” says Turner. "Take-out is a struggle for most people as delivery is expensive, chain drive-thru’s have generally not too healthy options and pick-up is often a challenge too: Curbside Service is a free and great alternative!”
Participating SWIPEBY restaurant include: The Loop, oSo Eats, The Quiet Pint, ISE Japanese, Firehouse Subs Mozzarella Fellas, Willows, Carmines, Coppolas, La Perlita, Kotta Japanese, King's Crab Shack, O’briens Deli, Mayberry, Charm Thai, Local 27101, Asian BBQ, Honky Tonk, Jimmy the Greek, Taqueria Guadalajara, Southern Family Restaurant, Uncle Buzzy's, Mac & Nellis, Lighthouse, Thai Harmony, Jeffrey Adams, Hutch and Harris, Burger Batch, Restaurant New York, Time Square Pizza, Grille Ville, Mystic Ginger, Los Toritos, Bib’s Downtown, Burro Loco, Downtown Thai, Murphys, Chiang Mai, Downtown Deli, Don Tequila, Penny Path Café & Crêpe Shop, Midtown Cafe Cloverdale Kitchen, Washington Perk & The Olive Tree.
About SWIPEBY: SWIPEBY is a startup founded 2017 in Winston Salem, NC, by a Wake Forest graduate. SWIPEBY is available as an iOS and Android app and allows a user to place a Curbside Service or In-Store Pick-Up order at many local restaurants. SWIPEBY also offers a more visual approach to food ordering allowing a customer to swipe through a picture based menu of local restaurants, filtering for distance, price, cuisine, etc. SWIPEBY is part of the Winston-Starts incubator and is planning on expanding nationally after a successful launch in its home market Winston-Salem. www.swipe.by
Mar. 21, 2018
Neighborz Study - 45% of restaurant orders turn out different than expected | 20% off local restaurants
Neighborz is offering 20% off all dishes at more than 20 Winston Salem Restaurants
Study finds that people spend 2-5 days a year deciding what to eat. Further, 40% of restaurant guests don’t understand the menu, even more find the food they get different than expected. Neighborz helps by making decision much easier and fun and providing a visual menu.
Winston Salem, NC: A Neighborz study found that people spent a total of more than two days a year deciding what to eat. In addition, it turned out that in 45% of orders, the dish comes different than expected. Neighborz further found that 4 out of 10 people have trouble understanding items on a printed menu. In order to help people make better and faster decisions, while promoting local and must-try restaurants, all dishes at more than 20 restaurants in Winston Salem are 20% off when ordered for take-out via the Neighborz app. This special offer starts on March 22nd and valid until April 8th.
Neighborz uses pictures of food and an aggregated swiping menu to help users to see each dish before ordering: “Our goal is to make people in Winston Salem aware of the great food of our local restaurants and to encourage people to try out the convenient and fun ordering through Neighborz.", says Carl Turner, CEO and founder of Neighborz.
For the promotion, all dishes at participating restaurants will be 20% discounted. Participating restaurants are amongst others: Mooney’s, Hutch & Harris, Thai Harmony, Ora’s Kitchen, Xcaret, Thai Sawadtee, Downtown Thai, Downtown Deli, Burger Batch, Local 27101, Mayberry, Mission Pizza, Kotta, Time Square Pizza, Murphy’s, ISE, Sushi & Pho, Elizabeth's, Miss Ora’s, Dynasty Asian, Bib’s Downtown, Carmines.
About Neighborz: Neighborz is a startup founded in Winston Salem, NC, by a Wake Forest graduate. Neighborz makes ordering and interacting with food from local restaurants fun by providing an easy solution to the question: what am I/are we eating today? Having one aggregated menu of the best local restaurants with pictures of each item, randomly organized, allows users to swipe to the entire food offering of a community - disliking items (swipe left) and adding items to a personal wishlist (swipe right). It’s like “Tinder for Food”.
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