Offices across Canada are rejoicing today as Tim Hortons has launched TimmyRun.com, an application that allows the person making the coffee run to easily collect and then distribute orders for up to 20 people (sorry person number 21). The website covers Timmy’s full beverage menu, hot and cold, and allows users to customize their beverages so they can get their double-doubles without worry. The app doesn’t include food though, so you’ll have to stick to traditional methods for the doughnut and bagel orders.
Tim Hortons new coffee run website
Users sign up on the website and can add up to two drinks to their profile. Then members can start groups so that when someone initiates a coffee run all members are notified by email. Everyone has a limited time to opt-in before the run is made. Once the orders are in, the runner can print the order list or have it emailed to their smart phone.
The fun twist that Tim Hortons has put in is that you can create private groups. What this lets you do is keep track or your friend’s or colleague’s favourite drinks and surprise them with one without notifying them that you’ve initiated a TimmyRun.
Originally published 11/2010
Retailers want your loyalty. How do they get it? There are many ways, but the most popular are through coupons offering you a discount on a return visit or buying into large loyalty programs like Aeroplan and Air Miles.
But how can small local businesses compete with the big guys?
One effort that launched right here in Toronto last spring gets coffee lovers to try out 7 different independent coffee shops. These shops have banded together by offering a “disloyalty card”. You pick one up at any of the retailers and once you’ve visited all 7 you get a free coffee at the original location where you picked up the card. Also, once you’ve completed your card you are eligible to be invited to private events that each cafe holds. http://www.thestar.com/living/food/article/794054–disloyalty-has-its-privileges
Announced in September and launching in January is the loyalty program called Supportland. This program has been launched in the city of Portland to connect locally owned businesses. You pick up a free electronic card at any of the 60 participating retailers and start using it right away. You get points for the purchases you make at the stores and you can redeem the points for an array of different rewards. Rewards vary from dollars off your purchase to free products. They’re also supporting the program with an iPhone app which will show you near-by deals and various reward options. http://supportland.com/