Cindy’s Kitchen, a small regional fast-casual dining chain specializing in tacos and build-your-own burritos, is looking to increase sales and improve operational efficiency through a more mobile-friendly customer loyalty program to replace their current loyalty program.



Cindy’s Kitchen is looking to increase sales and improve operational efficiency by upgrading their outdated mobile application.

  • The chain was one of the first pioneers to develop a mobile app for ordering food but has been complacent in updating the app and implementing new functionality.
  • Noted pain points include the mobile app frequently freezing and the in-store experience lacking technology-enabled processes, besides a Point of Sales system. Additionally:
    • The employees have not been trained on the app functionality, so they can’t help customers troubleshoot.
    • Kitchen staff are unable to systematically trace orders from the mobile app vs. in-store ordering, which makes it difficult to find the root cause of incorrect orders.
    • Customers often complain that they have to re-order in person because the app crashed.
  • The app rating has fallen from 5 stars to 3.5 in the past four months, but management has limited insight as to why.
  • The executives are looking for solutions that improve customer satisfaction and ultimately increase customers’ frequency of visits and provide cost savings through measurable return on investment.


Additional Context:

  • App development is managed in-house.
  • The app tends to crash during the hours of 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • The current app provides functionality that includes:
    • In-app ordering/catering,
    • Nutritional information, and
    • Seasonal item(s) promotions.

Cindy’s Kitchen has hired Deloitte to conduct an assessment and identify a mobile app redesign strategy to improve user experience. The executives have asked Deloitte to move quickly help find a way to resolve this business challenge. Within the next two months, they are looking to release an updated app for iOS and Android that keeps up with consumer demand standards.

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