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March 13, 2017



Popular on-campus ordering app comes to K-State

By Hannah Ens

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Picture this: You're rushing to make your next class, but you're also starving. You take a quick peek into the K-State Student Union, but the lines are too long. Do you satisfy your hunger or make it to class on time and avoid the embarrassment of turning up 10 minutes late?

Fortunately, Kansas State University students will never again face this dilemma!

K-State Housing and Dining Services and the K-State Student Union have partnered to launch Tapingo, the leading mobile commerce application for college campus dining services, to make eating on campus easier and more convenient than ever before. Using Tapingo — which is free to download through the App Store and Google Play — users can browse menus, customize orders, pay, then have their items delivered or scheduled for pickup.

Once an order is ready, Tapingo sends a text notification to the user, and the order can be picked up at the Tapingo express pick up station to avoid waiting in line. Embodying the Tapingo lifestyle of wait less, live more, Tapingo's advanced technology remembers personalized choices (hold the mayo) for one-tap reordering.

Starting March 13, K-State students will be able to use Tapingo to order from campus favorites, such as Chick-fil-A in the Union, Cornerstone Coffee in Wefald Hall, Einstein Bros. Bagels in Hale Library, JP's Sports Grill in Jardine Marketplace and more. A complete list of locations accepting Tapingo orders can be found on the Union's website.

In addition to Tapingo's advanced mobile ordering and pickup, students, faculty and staff at K-State will be happy to know that items can be purchased through the app using Cat Cash and credit/debit cards.

As part of an ongoing commitment to innovation and service, Housing and Dining and the Union see a partnership with Tapingo as a perfect way to give choice and convenience to students, faculty and staff.

"Tapingo provides us with an opportunity to offer a convenient mobile solution and further strengthens our ability to provide outstanding customer service on campus," said Alex Abendschein, marketing and communications project coordinator for Housing and Dining Services.

For more information about Tapingo at K-State, contact Audrey Taggart-Kagdis, Union director of marketing, at akagdis@k-state.edu.

About Tapingo: Since its founding in 2012, Tapingo has leveraged mobile technology to solve a key problem for students: lack of time. Whether confronted with long lines while racing between classes, needing a midnight boost during late-night study sessions, or faced with a lack of options when living off campus, students are increasingly in search of a new solution to meet their needs. With just a few taps, users can browse menus, order and pay, then schedule a pickup or have their order delivered. Tapingo provides a streamlined buying process that benefits both the students and the campuses, while driving habitual purchase and eliminating operational inefficiencies. Today, Tapingo processes tens of thousands of transactions per day, and the average user utilizes the service more than five times per week. Serving 46 markets from Alaska to Miami, Tapingo is the ideal commerce solution for the on-the-go on-demand generation.

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