As an occasional visitor to McDonald’s, and since we had one located in my small town of Forsyth Missouri, I decided to download their mobile ordering app to see how well it would work in real life.
Right off the bat, I figured this was going to have to be an ‘order by credit card’ type of deal. Well, as I was getting 5% back from my purchases, I figured that wasn’t such a bad thing, so I entered my card information and then went to the ‘deals’ screen’…
On the day of this post, most of the food deals were of the ‘buy one get one free’ or spend $10 and get $2 off sort of offers. There was also A McRib (I hadn’t had one of those in a while) offering for $4.29 with which you could get a medium fry for $2.89. That brought the total to $7.18, a price I felt was a little too high, so I moved on…
Well, here we go! I found a daily deal for a large fry for just $1 and then added the McRib for a new total of $5.29! That was way more like it. I placed my order into a virtual bag on the screen and saw that after tax, my total was $5.74 (less 3¢ cash back). I then got my 4 digit order code and was all set to take a drive.
When I arrived at the checkout line, I selected on the screen button that read ‘I’m already here’. The same code popped up again and I told it to the speaker. I was then instructed to move up to the pay window where I got my receipt, then drove forward to the pickup window for my food. Wham bam thank you ma’am! I had just placed my first mobile food order!
Overall, this process the drive through process was fast and I didn’t have to search for the correct change as I would normally fumble around in my car.
One of the big benefits, that I see with this method of ordering food from a fast food vendor, like McD’s is the ability not only to score savings, but to be able to browse and then compare prices. The screen can also render up nutritional information for you to make comparisons with. That was too sweet! My advice, please give this app a try!
For a review of the McRib, done in 2011, please click here.