One of the cool things about working at Blend is lunch on Fridays. The company buys lunch for everyone, and we eat as a group. You’re required to discuss your weekend plans ([sigh] not really — see the comments), and we toss some business stuff in there as well.
But, ordering lunch is a pain. First we have to decide where to order from, then we have to collect all the orders, then someone has to call it in from their notes on Skype, etc. It’s a pain.
Turns out, Quiznos (in Sioux Falls, at least) now does deliveries, and they’ve built something stone-cold perfect for us and probably the best ordering interface and flow I’ve seen on the Net.
You go to their site, start a “Group” order, and enter everyone’s email address. Then, everyone gets an email like this:
You have been invited by Joe Kepley to place a food order at Quiznos – East 10th Street.
Good News – Joe Kepley will be paying for your order.
Click here to start your order.
Or click here to notify Joe Kepley of your intent to not participate.
Please submit your completed order by Friday October 03, 2008 11:45 PM.
If you have any questions about this order, contact Joe Kepley at [email] or [phone].
We hope you enjoy your meal.
You click the link, browse the menu, and when you check out, you just get a notification that your order has been added to Joe’s. Joe can see who has added their order. When everyone has, he pays, and we get subs.
Really great interface. I’m sure someone else is doing this, but this is the first I’ve seen of it.