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FIU, Southern Miss sign on with Tapingo

Andrew Hudson   ||   Nov 11, 2016  ||   ,

Tapingo is hard at work expanding its user base with Florida International University, The Univeristy of Southern Mississippi and their surrounding areas deploying the app in recent weeks.

Last week, Florida International released the app for free download to its students to leverage both pickup and delivery services. To celebrate the launch of Tapingo in Miami, Tapingo is eliminating delivery fees for new customers and will be hosting special in-app promotions for local favorites.

Tapingo’s delivery service is available from hundreds of restaurants, such as Pieology, The Habit, and Jersey Mike's Subs, as well as on-campus favorites at FIU including Cafe Bustelo, Pollo Tropical and Chilli’s Too.

Tapingo is an official partner of FIU, which will serve as a hub for its delivery program. Students on campus can even use their meal plans and FIU cash to order on the app.

Tapingo’s mobile ordering service for pickup has seen solid traction since hitting the ground in the Miami area. “We launched Tapingo pickup just two months ago, and it’s been incredibly successful,” said Jeff Hardy, Tapingo’s CBO. “Within 60 days, we had more than 6,000 active users placing daily orders through Tapingo.”

Once an order is ready, Tapingo sends a text notification to the user, who can avoid waiting in line and head straight to the counter for pickup. The app also remembers personalized choices – extra cheese, hold the mustard, etc. – for quick, one-tap reordering.

The University of Southern Mississippi, meanwhile, is the first college in the state to implement Tapingo.

According to student publication Student Printz, Southern Miss has tethered its USM Eagle Dining plans to Tapingo to enhance the student dining experience.

As with other Tapingo deployments, Southern Miss students can search for nearby restaurants, browse menus, customize orders and pay for meals via the app. Food orders can either be delivered or be ready for pick-up when the student arrives at the restaurant.

Lauren Brescher, Eagle Dining’s Marketing Manager, said she is excited to bring Tapingo to USM. “We think it will add a lot of value to our meal plans, and students can use their bonus bucks or dining dollars to pay through the app,” Brescher said in a Student Printz interview. “We know that students are very busy, trying to get from one place to another and trying to eat between classes, and it isn’t always easy to wait in line at Chick-Fil-A.”

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