2021 Canadian restaurant online ordering trends

After a challenging couple of years, restaurateurs have learned how to adapt to keep their doors open and their businesses thriving. The rise of off-premise dining and third-party delivery point to online ordering as a key component of engaging today’s customers with the convenient, fulfilling experiences they crave.  A new report by DoorDash, 2021 Restaurant […]

Takeout’s toll on restaurant workers, packaging

Takeout has surged in popularity throughout the pandemic. But while the customers are happy and restaurants are surviving, what is the toll on restaurant workers? In tandem with a combination of factors, including dining rooms being closed for long periods, increased technological adoption, and customers’ desire to both continue supporting local restaurants and also attain […]

Restaurant takeaways: what we learned from takeout

By Mo Chaar Closures and restrictions during the pandemic left many restaurants in dire straits in 2020 as they fought to retain customers and reach new audiences. In many cities, the fact that offering takeout and delivery was the only means of service forced restaurants to pivot quickly and develop new and creative ways to […]

The lasting changes and passing fads of COVID-19

By Mark Plumlee COVID-19 brought massive, sweeping changes to the restaurant industry. Now, with the vaccine rollout well underway and provinces continuing to reopen their restaurants, one giant question remains unanswered. Looking at some of the many shifts restaurant operations have seen over the past year, which ones will turn out to be passing fads? […]

Predicting post-pandemic food consumption trends

A new report from Deloitte assesses what the future could look like beyond the pandemic when it comes to Canadian food consumption trends. “The conflicted consumer: 2021 food consumer survey” report concludes that beyond the COVID-19 pandemic “food retailers will need to continue demonstrating authenticity, empathy, transparency, and genuine commitment to their communities, the wider world, […]

Digital takeout orders predictably soar during pandemic

It will come as little surprise to most that the number of digital takeout orders has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. But new research from the NDP Group has lifted the lid on just how big the spike has been. Digital ordering was a life-saving avenue for many restaurants and foodservice operators across North America […]

Tried-and-true packaging revitalizes your takeout & delivery menu

Assessing the top pandemic-era foods and the best packaging for off-premise dining By Cal Cary Is it time for a menu refresh? Maybe you’re worried you’ve tapped out your current customer base and need to attract new ones, or you just want the chance to surprise and delight your most loyal patrons again – something […]

The case for tamper-evident food packaging

How tamper-evident packaging improves food safety and customer satisfaction. By Paul Rutherford It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an enormous increase in restaurant delivery and takeout sales. In fact, a recent Dalhousie University study found that the number of Canadians ordering food once a week increased from 29.6% to 45.4% between […]

Bringing foodservice operations into the 2020s

Integrated POS solutions like Lightspeed offer success for operators in the current climate, but the ability to pivot is also vital.