We’ve come a long way since the days when subscriptions covered only magazines and newspapers. From entertainment and fashion to consumer goods and meal kits, subscriptions have been steadily gaining traction in numerous industries for several years — and that includes restaurants and c-stores.
The model can be used in different ways. One common example involves asking customers to pay upfront for services or meals redeemed later. For instance, Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Pass is paid in advance, and then customers redeem their “pass” at every visit.
But this is far from the only model available. The flexibility of subscriptions allows you to tailor your options based on your store or restaurant’s needs, then adapt your subscription quickly to take advantage of factors like seasonal preferences, customer interest, or promotion of higher-priced meals, services, or products.
Four to Consider
Within the breadth of subscription types, there are four main models that can form the basis of a program: […]