During the lunch hour rush, any dining location on campus can get hectic with long lines of hungry ducks. That’s why University of Oregon venues started using an app called Tapingo at the start of spring term to let anyone on campus order food and drinks ahead of time.
Tom Driscoll, director of food, said the app allows customers to conveniently order food in advance and pick it up without waiting in line.
“Wherever you are, whether you’re in class or in an office and you have a limited amount of time, you can place your order and it will be ready for you to pick it up,” Driscoll said. “I usually use it to order a cappuccino when I get out of my car in the parking lot and by the time I get to the coffee shop, it’s ready.”
Until the end of spring term, anyone who tries out the app on campus will receive a $1 credit. Users can pay with Duck Bucks or credit cards through the app.
The UO community can use the Tapingo app at all residential dining venues; in the Erb Memorial Union at Falling Sky, Townsend Tea, Jamba Juice, Corner Market and Joe’s Burgers; and at the campus cafes in the Lillis Business Complex, Knight Library, Education Station, Lawrence Hall and the Science Library.
After hearing requests from students, faculty members and staff members, University Housing and the EMU worked together to bring the app to campus.
Leah Andrews, director of marketing and communications for university housing, said the hope is to eventually have food delivered, so this app is the first step in that direction.
“If you like food and you hate waiting, this is a great way to grab something and run to your next class,” Andrews said.
For more information, check out the Tapingo app.
—Emily Hoard, University Communications