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Chewse is a San Francisco-based venture, created to ease to companies on providing quality food for their employees. With this mission, the now acquired by Foodee company, connects companies with restaurants to organize office catered meals.
They have a measurable impact through their expansion through several major US and Canada cities. Besides, they create and encourage high level connections between involved parties. Furthermore, Chewse works with charity entities to donate food from their meal services.
software design healthy meals
Chewse’s main goal was providing a space where modern offices could plan their meals. To back up their aimings, they’re experts in individual meals, and smart packaging. On top of that, due to recent conjuncture, they added contactless delivery.
The company was created in 2011, by Jon Cartwright and Ryan Spong. They realized there was an asymmetric relation between desk lunches at offices and restaurants’ variety on those zones. Moreover, they noted often restaurants closed due lack of customers, while office employees mostly ate unhealthy fast-food lunches.
With this finding into account, the founders aimed to merge both things. This implied both promoting local gastronomy and releasing companies from unhealthy meals. As a result of this, nowadays Chewse has delivered over 10.000.000 office catering meals. Moreover, they provide services in over 10 major cities across US and Canada —and they’re betting on its growth.
While Chewse had their development crew, they did not have a design team. So, they scoped to Capicua to extend their capabilities, and also to assure an ongoing contractor.
Our first job was to design and develop the front-end of their internal app for menu building. Since then, we have work on several more project. For instance, an on-site Design Sprint, a menu builder, and a VUE front-end.
Our team professionalized their dev lifecycles and software maturity. Also, we prepared the company for a successful acquisition just before COVID-19 hit. Chewse was using third-party software for their operations. Since that method implied extra work for many tasks, we provided custom tools to automate their processes.
The client requested an extra app for their processes automatization. Also, they wanted that their custom-built app matched the brand’s look and feel. That’s why members of our UX Design team met with them on San Francisco. Within this awesome experience, we spent a week working together in an intensive Design Sprint.
In terms of dev, we combined Vue.JS for front-end, with DJANGO for back-end. Also, we worked with PostgreSQL’s database. In addition to this, we used Vuetify -a library with basis on Material UI- for UI stylings. As a result, we achieve a consistent and recognizable style for their apps.
Chewse‘s networking strategy has a list of steps. Once they connect with a new provider, the have to input all of their menu items into the system. Each item has special distinctives that need to be tracked. These include potential allergens, styles of cuisine, and types of meals. This comes as extremely important when tracking dietary requirements, both on health issues and lifestyle choices, to achieve customers’ safety.
That’s why we placed several validation points into the app: to make sure items were appropriate for each menu. Within this same strategy, we integrate the menu app’s logic with menu scheduling. In order to develop a more efficient process, we created a tool that allows Chewse to upload menu items in CSV format. Not only it simplified an exhausting task, but it also improved communications between the company, the restaurants, and final users.
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