My only complaint about my apartment is the lack of restaurants downstairs. There are a couple of mom & pop noodle places but that’s about it. To get any selection of restaurants, I need to walk at least 5-7 minutes away. Most of the time, a 5 min walk in
Before living here in
Every couple of days when I’m walking in and out of my building, I see delivery people bringing food in. As a relatively new resident, without any knowledge of which restaurants deliver, I make an effort to talk to these delivery people and get a menu from them. What’s interesting is that after talking to delivery people on more than 40 different occasions, I have only obtained 1 menu.
Only 1. That’s it.
What are these people doing not carrying menus around when they’re fulfilling an order? I don't understand it. In a selfish sense, I want the added convenience to get some food without getting out of the apartment. But from a business perspective, how can these restaurants not require these people to carry tons of menus on them. This would not only be a good way to market their restaurant, but it would give the non-cooking population somewhere to order from.
Above all, how has any restaurant owners recognized that no one else is doing it and they can almost corner neighborhood market for delivery? My neighborhood has 4 buildings, 26 residential floors in each building and 12 apartments on each floor. Assuming that there are 2 people living in each apartment (a low estimate) the total number of people is
As a veteran of
Here are the details:
- Basically all of the restaurants post on online menu websites like dogears.net, menupages.com, so that people can have quick access to their menus.
- Some places even list on services like Campusfood.com where the order can be made directly online, quickly and easily.
- Restaurants advertise on billboards, newspapers, ect.
- Every order has at least 1 menu in the delivery package.
- Some restaurants even use their menu as an invoice/bill for the customer with the ordered items highlighted.
- All delivery people have menus with them at all times. They place these everywhere, especially at the outside door to an apartment building.
- Rivalries and aggressive tactics were used by the 3 local Chinese delivery places. Every time one place made a delivery to a dorm building, they would take all of the other 2 restaurants’ menus and replace them with their own. Talk about cutthroat.
All of these practices in
Now if only any Chinese companies can take a hint and figure stuff out, I might be able to order from them instead of going to McDonald’s.