Keep Your Food Service Business Going with a Custom Mobile Food Cart
When businesses closed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, food service businesses were among the hardest hit. What didn’t close were mobile food service operations which have the flexibility to easily ensure social distancing and continue to operate. But your food service business doesn’t need to buy an outrageously expensive and difficult-to-maintain food truck to get flexibility for social distancing. Custom mobile food carts can fill the bill and can provide many other benefits as well.
Set Up Your Food Service Business Anywhere
Food service operations are challenged to make up for financial losses caused directly by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing requirements, online ordering has nearly replaced walk-in business. But that’s not always enough to keep service open and remain profitable. With custom mobile food service carts, you can now set up food and beverage sales stations anywhere — inside or out — to capture more sales while promoting social distancing.
The mobile food cart idea isn’t new. You’ve already seen them in arenas, dining halls, and cafeterias—nearly any place where mobility makes sense for customer convenience and optimized sales. Mobile carts are a new opportunity for traditional food service operations to overcome the challenges of the pandemic. And moving forward in the new normal, mobile food carts can make a critical difference in your food service business’s success.
Business Benefits of Custom Mobile Food Carts
Beyond addressing the immediate challenges of the pandemic, custom mobile food carts offer additional benefits to food service operations and their customers, including:
Location and convenience — Custom mobile food carts can be set up nearly anywhere, giving you better visibility. Customers love the convenience and safety of ordering and taking delivery of their meal quickly.
Less waiting — You can also increase volume while providing short wait times, a win-win for you and your customers.
Ensure food safety in non-traditional environments — Custom mobile food carts are designed to keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Insulated compartments hold foods at optimal temperatures for up to 15 with LiFE chemistry battery systems.
Must-have Features for a Custom Mobile Food Cart
Not all custom mobile food carts are created equal. To ensure a safe and profitable experience with your mobile food cart, there are a few things you should look for. First, make sure your food cart solution easily integrates with your existing POS system, including your cash drawer, printer, scanner, scale, and wireless/cellular connectivity. This will ensure minimum downtime, as you don’t want your POS system to act up while you’re doing business. You also want to ensure that all sales are captured and accounted for.
Long-life swappable batteries will also help minimize downtime. LiFE chemistry battery systems with up to 15 hours of operational time are ideal. Having a charged backup battery is a good idea, so be sure your custom mobile food cart makes it possible and easy to swap batteries when needed.
Impulse buys are great profit boosters. Your custom mobile food cart should include shelving to promote impulse purchases. And branding is important. An excellent mobile food cart should make it easy to add a magnetic sign to the front panel.
Commercial food carts are heavy and awkward to move unless it includes power assist for driving the cart forward and backward, along with an automatic braking system and locking casters that swivel for easy movement.
Of course, your custom mobile food cart isn’t custom unless it has the flexibility to meet your needs. A one-size-fits-all approach may not work for you. We understand this and can quickly and affordably build a customized mobile food cart to meet your specific requirements.
The pandemic environment has forced food and beverage businesses to think outside the box and look for ways to reach more customers outside of their current, fixed brick-and-mortar locations. Custom mobile food carts are becoming a popular option for keeping your services in front of customers.
As a leader in mobile food cart solutions, we know the food service industry and can help you create a mobile food cart that meets your needs. To request a free demo of our custom mobile solutions, contact us today by completing this short form: Request a Demo