Industry News | January 9, 2017

Cava Grill Launches New App

CAVA, the rapidly expanding fast casual Mediterranean restaurant brand, announced the launch of its new app as the latest step in their use of technology to create personalized experiences for their customers.

The app will allow customers to order ahead and reorder meals with just a few taps, pay ahead of time, pick up quickly, avoid the line, and earn rewards. Customers will be able to order on a range of devices and the app offers a completely customized menu for individual preferences and diets, with more than 58,978,800 combinations available.

Ultimately, the app will enable profiles to be built on pick-up area tablets that allow CAVA team members to greet customers by name and offer personalized rewards based on a customer's ordering history and preferences both at CAVA and retail.

CAVA partnered with creative agency, Made by Many to create the app which will be available for free on desktop, iPhone and Android. Built using React & Elixir, the app is designed to allow a huge number of people on the same system at the same time, without sacrificing speed, which means that CAVA can offer digital ordering at scale as they continue to open new locations. When it hits 12pm and everyone is trying to order their lunch at the exact same time, the concurrency from Elixir means customers won’t experience delays.

“There are lots of ‘order-ahead’ apps but restaurant technology is typically clunky and unreliable for both customers and operators. We wanted to change that,” says Brett Schulman, CAVA Group CEO. “Our app mirrors the in-store experience allowing people to make customize their meal just as they would if they were ordering from our staff in-store.”

Digital ordering will just be one form of payment at CAVA. “We are not a brand of the 1 percent, we’re a brand of the 100 percent,” says Brett Schulman. “We want to bring better and healthier food to everyone, no matter whether you pay in cash or through the app, whether you live in a city center or in the suburbs.”

The new app is just one way in which CAVA is utilizing technology to disrupt the industry and improve customer experience. CAVA is one of the first restaurants to employ an in-house data science team and already uses motion and environmental sensors to monitor its restaurants around the clock, analyzing the data daily to predict sales and operations trends, and to make design recommendations with the goal of maximizing customer flow and efficiency. The new app will offer a wealth of additional data, all of which will be analyzed and used as a basis for changes to the restaurants and menus to improve the customer experience.

To download the app, search for "CAVA" in the App Store or Google Play. The app will be available from January 9.

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