More and More Businesses Encouraging Lunch Delivery to Enhance Productivity
As a way to introduce itself to the Westchester business community, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers in Scarsdale has announced that it is offering free lunch delivery service to area businesses and their employees in a wide area around their new store.
For those who have enough time for lunch (but not enough time to pick it up), Ben’s can offer to drop it off at the customer’s place of business, saving workers the time and hassle of leaving the workplace or waiting in line to pick up their order.
Many companies are ordering lunch for its employees as a way to get more out of them, while employees see food as a way to be rewarded. A survey from a leading food ordering company revealed that 60% of respondents said that having food in the office would make them feel more “valued and appreciated” and another 60% said that, if their company provided food, it would encourage them to eat with their colleagues, meaning they would have the opportunity to discuss business with each other. The survey also revealed that delicatessen foods were a popular option, with those in the finance sector ordering the most deli.
“Whether companies provide lunch or whether employees order on their own, lunch delivery helps employees become more productive,” says Scott Singer, President/CSO, Ben’s Restaurant Group. “During a lunch break, co-workers and management can bounce ideas off each other in a more informal setting. It also provides the opportunity for co-workers to get to know one another personally. As a result, everyone can become more effective.”
Ben’s offers its traditional Kosher fare — such as soups and sandwiches — as well as an expanded menu that caters to the health-conscious crowd, like salads, paninis and wraps — an alternative to other forms of take-out food, which may be unhealthful and derivative. The National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast shows that 67% of customers are looking for more healthful options from restaurants, a figure that is higher than it was two years ago.
Indicators show that, with more people ordering in for lunch, it has positively impacted the restaurant industry. A recent survey by the NRA showed that 75% of a restaurant’s sales take place outside the restaurant, including delivery. Further, the organization’s report showed that more than half of consumers surveyed are purchasing delivery more often. Ben’s free delivery service is unique, with trucks leaving at scheduled departure times and running routes through various communities, some quite far from the Scarsdale store. Actual delivery times will vary based upon the number of orders on the truck and the route taken by the driver. Departures are scheduled as follows: to Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe at 11 a.m.; to Ardsley, Greenburgh, Greenville, Hartsdale, New Rochelle, Scarsdale and White Plains at 11 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.; to Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings, Irvington and Tarrytown at 11:15 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.; and to Harrison, Portchester and Rye at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
While delivery times are not guaranteed on the free lunchtime delivery trucks, Ben’s does offer delivery at specific times when required for meetings or to keep on schedule. These orders may be sent out on different trucks and a delivery fee may apply.
Those who wish to order can view the Scarsdale takeout menu at www.bensdeli.net. Under the Promotions tab, they can go to Free Delivery Services, then on the page where it reads “View our Takeout Menus,” and click on the Scarsdale link.
Minimum order for lunch is $25. Free delivery service is not available in severe weather or on certain days and holidays.
For more details, or to order, please call the store at 914-468-BENS or visit www.bensdeli.net.
About Ben’s Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers
Ben’s is a family-owned and operated delicatessen/restaurant company that has been serving up the finest authentic New York Kosher delicatessen products and eastern European comfort foods for more than 42 years. All of Ben’s sandwiches, soups and dinners are freshly prepared. Ben’s has seven convenient locations: three on Long Island in Carle Place, Greenvale and Woodbury, and one each in Midtown Manhattan; Bayside, Queens; Scarsdale in Westchester County; and Boca Raton, Florida with free delivery service available to many communities around the stores. For more information, visit www.BensDeli.net or call Ben’s Catering Hotline at 1-800-344-BENS.