21 Dec 2021 Planning: Resolve to Take Your School’s Concession Stand Online
2021 is here! While we anticipate that school activities will resume and things will get back to normal soon, we must realize we have entered a different era. What worked before may not bring the same tried and true results. Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and your concession stand is able to operate at 100%, it may not be able to make up for a lost year in sales. It may not even see the numbers it used to in seasons past. So, what do you do? In this post, we discuss why it’s important to dissolve traditional strategies and resolve to take your concession stand online in 2021.
Out with the Old and in with the New
COVID-19 restrictions have taken a toll on school fundraising. Anything that required high touch activities like candy and bake sales, and group gatherings like car washes and booster events significantly scaled back due to the pandemic. For many schools, the typical methods of fundraising are out of the question for now, which means it’s time to start thinking outside the box. Our school’s clubs and sports still need funding, so instead of waiting for restrictions to lift and hoping we can make up for lost sales, we need to find different strategies to raise money now. Out with the old and in with the new fundraising ideas, starting with your concession stand.
Raise More Money with an Online School Concession Stand
Chances are your school’s concession stand is still running, but with a limited menu and fewer volunteers to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. Just like typical fundraising efforts, concession stands have scaled back significantly and may be experiencing lost sales this year. However, there is an opportunity here. You can continue to raise money for your school if your concession stand has the right menu and ordering options available online. Take your concession stand online to open up more sales opportunities AND maintain minimal contact at the same time.
Think of what you can do with an online concession stand!
- Contactless pre-ordering to be able to sell fresh prepackaged meals from area businesses. You’ll know how much to order from restaurants like Chik-Fil-A with pre-ordering available. Additionally, fans can order from their seats and know when their food is ready for pickup.
- Accept credit card payments for purchases. Studies show consumers are likely to spend more when they don’t have to use cash.
- Offer curbside pickup to reduce lines and crowds at the stand. Additionally, you can promote “curbside suppers” and “drive thru dinners” for fans that want to eat safely prior to or after the game.
Develop the Next Best Fundraising Solution in 2021
If you love the idea of taking your concession stand online, you’ll need the right technology to make it happen. Blitz Concessions provides your school’s concession stand with the online ordering platform it needs to overcome the current fundraising challenges. You can customize the menu online and are able to manage inventory in real-time instead of relying on binders and spreadsheets. Your fans will appreciate how easy it is to pre-order and purchase items from the simple and functional platform. Expand and get creative with the menu online and fans will start thinking of your concession as their go-to dinner spot before and after the game.