New app hopes to hand lifeline to battling venues
FORMER commercial real estate agent and property valuer Jordan Hayes hopes his new app can be a lifeline to hospitality operators reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.
After a decade in commercial property, Mr Hayes shifted focus to his new app Doneski, which launched on Friday as a mobile app for ordering coffee and food on the go.
The app founder said some rapid restructuring was being undertaken, to position the app as a lifeline for hospitality businesses now becoming takeaway venues.
"It's such a strange one, in some senses it's the perfect time but the industry's getting smashed," Mr Hayes said.
He said they were currently focused on bringing cafes on board, to try and keep orders filtering in for businesses facing potential wipe-out, a shift from the initial concept of streamlining the ordering process for consumers.
Mr Hayes said 3-4 cafes had signed up on Monday, and more than 100 downloads had happened on Apple and Android since Friday.
"We've now become more of a tool to try and keep the orders coming in," he said.
The launch had initially targeted Queensland-only, but a large operator in Adelaide had contacted him Monday about bringing a large chain of venues in on the app.
That had prompted another rethink, with a more broad approach being taken, to try and assist venues wherever needed.
Mr Hayes said he'd wiped the $16.50 monthly subscription fee for cafes, restaurants, bars and other venues for at least three months, in a bid to help venues through what loomed as an incredibly difficult period ahead.
He said there'd been "really positive feedback" on the app.
"If the orders can trickle through … it will help them," Mr Hayes said.
He said several local cafes were already signed up, with more set to come online in the coming days.