Tapingo app allows students to order food through smartphones

Tapingo-FlierBy AUSTIN KOELLER
UNK Communications

KEARNEY –– Meal times are getting a little easier at UNK thanks to a new mobile app.

The Tapingo app allows students, faculty and staff to order food through their smartphones at UNK Dining retail locations Java Notes, The Living Room, Red Mango, Lantern, Rustic Range and Subway.

“Students, faculty and staff will be able to eat on the go,” said Shonna King, marketing director for UNK Dining Services. “We know they like convenience. They hate lines.

“This is a new option where they can get their food when they want it, customize it how they want it and pick it up in a matter of minutes.”

King said a receipt with the customer’s name and order is printed at the retail location once an order is received. The user receives a text message when their order is ready to pick up at the location’s to-go area. App users can add their cell phone numbers to receive text messages by using the app settings.

The app went live in September and its use has been slow to catch on, said King, but that was expected.

“I think it’s going to start taking off around finals, (when) students are really busy,” said King, noting that promotion of Tapingo has been limited to word of mouth.

UNK Dining is currently allowing credit or debit cards to be used as payment via Tapingo. Adding Loper Dollars as a payment option will be considered in the future, said King.

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