Ive been thinking about small independent coffee shops and watching them adapt to the madness of 2020.
Some things are difficult for them to compete with so I wanted to try and solve something that’s really useful for them and their customers.
Coming out of these lockdowns, a lot of places had to provide pre-order only or create a weird “stand outside” rule.
The coffee shops who didn’t flinch in this period were the big companies like Costa (UK) and Starbucks because they already had a pre-ordering apps being used by their customers, which cost thousands of dollars.
Creating an app similar to the big companies, while being forced into a bizarre situation isn’t easy. These apps look super simple but in a coffee shop, the variety of customised drinks makes this very awkward to make and manage on a low budget.
What I wanted to do, was to give small independent coffee shops the ability to have a similar app for a small investement that works as a super asset for them long term. At the very least, they might get some extra orders each day to cover the costs.
Personally, if I’m going to order a coffee, I don’t want to wait in a queue. I want to walk in, grab my drink and leave. In New York, I remember being in the Upper West Side and getting a Starbucks. There wasn’t a queue, only a table full of ready made drinks waiting for collection.
Coffee is a big, super loyal community. People want their hit and their time is precious. This idea is a big deal for independent coffee shops.
I’m going to make this app look and feel amazing. I will get very close to creating something the big companies probably paid over $100k for.
Your customers will be able to open the app, choose a drink, add it to the cart, add a size upgrade, add it to the cart, choose a milk preference, add it to the cart and make their payment using their credit card.
Its super easy for the coffee shop to manage if they know how to use a basic spreadsheet. They’ll spend most of their time on the new orders tab.
The design will be image dominant so that it seduces the customer into being excited to order and being able to quickly find their favourite drink.
Using Glideapps for the building of this app means you can build it yourself for free or buy my template for $99. Then you can make edits for your business and test it immediately. If you upgrade from the free plan to the $24 per month plan you save 25% if billed yearly or $32 if you pay monthly. This is what you get:
⁃Public. Anyone can sign in
⁃25,000 data rows
⁃10GB file storage
⁃2% transaction fee
⁃Mobile, Tablet, Web layouts
⁃Custom In-app Branding
⁃Unlimited Sheet reloads
⁃1,000 pins per map
⁃Unlimited Zapier actions
⁃GSuite Shared Drives
⁃Background Sheet Reloads
⁃Upload files up to 1GB
I recommend the $24 plan but you can always test it on the free plan and see what happens for your business. On the free plan, Glide takes 10% of each sale. There will also be Stripe payment processing fees per sale.
A custom coded version of this could easily cost from $10k to over $100k depending on what value was required in the app. To do this with Glide on their $24 plan and buying my template, the year 1 cost would be $387 or roughly $1 per day.
Ive explained the idea, the plan, the design, the tools and made a working product for any coffee shop owner who sees this as an investment for their business. It solves a lot of different problems.
You can get my Coffee Shop Pre-Ordering template here for $99. I will keep it at $99 until the world and the small businesses can recover.