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Fresh to Order
Fresh To Order (f2o), known for offering fine food fast, now offers a new mobile app, where guests can pay for their meals and earn rewards through their cell phones. The Fresh To Order App is now available through the Apple App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android platforms. The Fresh To Order App will integrate with Apple Passbook and Google Wallet beginning in October. Fresh To Order will accept near-field communication payments through the app starting in 2015.
Running a quick-service restaurant often requires relying on seasonal employees who come from high school or college, or stay-at-home parents who work when school is in session. Many of these employees tend not to stick around for longer than a season, which means operators must constantly invest time and money in training a new crop of workers.
Reducing this sort of seasonal turnover is a struggle, but engaging temporary employees and offering the right kind of workplace incentives can keep them coming back year after year, human resources experts say.
Atlanta-based Fresh To Order (f2o) will offer free tastings of its flavored lemonades and teas on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning August 15, to introduce the Decatur, Georgia, community to Fresh To Order. The brand will open its ninth Atlanta-area location in Decatur at 205 E. Ponce De Leon Avenue in the heart of this city’s downtown area in early September.
Fresh To Order now offers a new mobile app through which guests can pay for their meals and earn rewards on their cell phones. The Fresh To Order App is now available through the Apple App Store and Google Play for iOS (iPhone) and Android platforms.
Not only will it make dining more convenient, but the app also offers a loyalty program and exclusive rewards. For a limited time, guests can get a $3 credit at sign-up and earn an additional $2 credit by referring a friend. Guests will also receive $10 credit on their next meal when they have $100 in purchases.
With the summer heat comes burger season, which oftentimes conflicts with keeping in shape for swimsuit season. For Fresh To Order (f2o) guests, enjoying the new bison burger is the best of both worlds. Once a limited-time offer, the bison burger will be an option for summertime and beyond for $10.90, served with a salad and toppings.
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Atlanta-based Fresh To Order (f2o) promoted Craig Light to vice president of operations. Light will be responsible for overseeing daily operations for the company. For the past five years, Light has served as an area director for Fresh To Order serving its Georgia and Tennessee locations. Fresh To Order also made two other promotions and hired three additional team members.
Orlando residents will be the first Floridians to enjoy Fresh To Order (f2o) when it makes the brand Orlando debut this week in Waterford Lakes Town Center in East Orlando. The restaurant will serve entrées, panini sandwiches, soups, and salads made-to-order in less than 10 minutes for around $10.
An airport location offers quick serves domestic and international brand exposure, sound growth opportunities, and increased profits. But, like many other nontraditional venues, airports require restaurants to wrangle space restrictions, difficult logistics, and menu limitations.
“You really have to understand what you’re getting into,” says Anthony Joseph, president of Atlanta-based Concessions International (CI), a food and beverage concessionaire with operations in eight airports.
Fresh To Order (f2o) continues its expansion throughout the South with the signing of multiunit franchise agreements with three groups of restaurateurs for 11 new Fresh To Order restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; and Gwinnett County located just north of f2o's Atlanta base. In addition, Fresh To Order opened its first unit in Nashville, Tennessee, this month.