WeChat app is transforming daily lives of millions of people in China. This is how it helps restaurants to run more efficiently and deliver better value.

Recent proliferation of Western style coffee shops and fancy restaurants gave rise to the new trend of ordering food and drinks with WeChat rather than using traditional menus.

Besides the fact that WeChat app is already installed on practically every smartphone in China, vast majority of users have also connected their accounts to bank cards and use WeChat Pay on regular basis. Using WeChat to order food and drinks is not only fast and convenient but also allows instant payment directly with WeChat Pay once the order is placed.

Moreover, it doesn’t even require for a customer to follow a particular WeChat account. All it takes is scanning a QR code, which is displayed directly on the restaurant’s table, from within WeChat app.

Here is how ordering with WeChat app works:

Step 1: customers scan the QR code which is unique to each table in the restaurant. This arrangement allows tracking orders associated with customers seated at specific location.

WeChat app QR

Step 2: immediately upon scanning the QR code, WeChat app opens a menu that looks like this:

WeChat app menu

Step 3: customers can browse through menu items just as they would with the physical version, read about each item, see the prices and zoom out photos:

WeChat app menu

Step 4: customers continue adding food items to the list until they are ready to place the order:

WeChat app ordering food

Step 5: upon confirming the order, payment is processed automatically with WeChat Pay. At the same time, the restaurant staff receives the order and, once ready, delivers it to the right table.

WeChat app payment

Besides the obvious convenience of the whole process for the patrons, WeChat app restaurant ordering system also eliminates the need for bill splitting: everyone can simply order and pay for their food directly with their own WeChat Pay.

As for the restaurants, WeChat app ordering offers some major benefits. Serving food and delivering orders to the tables becomes easier and allows performing the same service with less staff. Streamlining orders tracking also eliminates errors.

There is no more need to print and replace menus which, as restaurants owners know, can add significantly to the cost of operation. Moreover, WeChat app based menus can be updated much easier as new items are added or removed through the app’s backend. Prices can be adjusted on short notice and promotions on specific items can run extremely easily and at any frequency.

On top of that, the backend of the application offers various analytical functions such as statistics on sales, profit analysis on specific items and various CRM functions. All those benefits allow running restaurant business much more efficiently while offering better service to patrons at the same time.

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