App partners with Chipotle for ASU delivery

Posted at 8:23 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 23:23:37-04

College kids, rejoice! There’s a new app in town that can deliver Chipotle to you – fast.

Mobile commerce app Tapingo is committed to “make buying stuff better,” according to Senior Director of Tapingo, Vivek Wagle.

He talked to ABC15 from the Tapingo offices in San Francisco and said the app is available at Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University now.

Tapingo also recently partnered with Chipotle, adding them to their list of restaurants in and around college campuses where students can use the app to get their lunch delivered.

Students at more than 125 college campuses around the country can use the app to easily order food at a variety of restaurants on and off campus. Then, they can go pick it up, or have it delivered to them.

Tapingo has its own courier system and they hire college students to do the job.

Wagle said they can predict busy times and slow times throughout the day and use another app system to alert couriers when a delivery has been ordered. That way, he said, they can keep delivery costs low.

With Tapingo, they have created an ecosystem of college students who all eat at the same time in most of the same places, Wagle said.

“It’s not that one or two venues are on it, it’s that everywhere you might want to eat is on it,” he said.

And, he said, they may take that idea and use it other markets.

“You can imagine that the whole idea of having this cool, closed ecosystem where a lot of people are buying from the same venues is applicable well beyond college,” he said.

Chipotle will be available for delivery through Tapingo at 50 college campuses around the country this fall and the company is planning to expand that to 100 campuses by spring 2015.