You have a POS system, of course, and likely an accounting system to go with it. But when’s the last time you invested in customer-facing technology? 

Operational technology is crucial to streamline the work you do behind the scenes and maximize your impact, but if you focus entirely on your internal operations, the customer’s  experience can be left to languish. The best Customer Experience (CX) platforms meet at the intersection of operator and customer experience, helping your team work smarter so that you can happily deliver a dining experience students will love to enjoy. 

What exactly can a customer service platform do for higher education foodservice? Let’s break it down.

What is a Foodservice Customer Experience Platform?

A customer experience platform unites the internal work of your dining service teams with the external experience they are providing to their diners. It systematically ties into operational workflows while integrating into the customer’s view to streamline ordering, provide nutritional transparency, and ensure each customer touch point is delightful and easy for the operation to deliver. Put simply, a CX platform makes it easy for your customers to be customers without bogging down foodservice staff. 

Key features of a Higher Ed Foodservice CX Platform:

  • Mobile ordering with Nutrislice app

    Flexible contactless ordering, which allows students to purchase meals when and where they want.
    • Informative menus, which use nutritional and allergen data to help students find meals that fit their dietary wants and needs.
    • Dynamic digital signage, which makes it easy to schedule and showcase menus, highlight items or add-ons, and display other kinds of campus or venue information.
  • Integrated menu management, which connects and syncs menu data across digital channels and ensures all information is up-to-date.

How CX Platforms Help You Meet Your Customers’ Most Important Expectations

Today’s students have come of age in a world where the customer is king. They expect their dining experience to be convenient, the menu to be transparent, and the food to be high quality. A customer experience platform helps you deliver on these expectations, and then some. 

Deliver Convenience with a Streamlined Digital Experience

Student expectation: “I want to order my meals any time, from anywhere.”
How a CX platform helps: Contactless ordering, integrated menus, and no service fees

As true digital natives, your students are used to ordering from afar with apps like Grubhub. 

CX platforms allow you to compete with third-party apps with your own, streamlined offering that dynamically updates based on menu information entered in a centralized system. The best platforms keep customer attention on your offerings alone (rather than displaying them alongside off-campus options), and charge a flat rate (rather than slapping you with fees for each individual order). In addition, you can provide an even more transparent and informative menu for students to browse and find meals aligned to their dietary needs and preferences with robust nutritional data and compliance management tools that do not come standard in apps made for commercial restaurants.

Show Nutritional Transparency with Informative Menus

Student expectation: “I want to know what is in what I’m eating and whether it fits my nutritional needs.”
How a CX platform helps: Data-driven menus on every screen and personal device

Your customers live in a world in which any and all information is available in an instant, so it’s no surprise that they expect to know what food (and ingredients) are on the menu before they decide to place an order. And with more than 38% of students following at least one diet and nearly 50% avoiding at least one allergen, knowing what’s on the menu is often about more than just personal preference. 

Here’s the good news: You already know what’s in your meals. All you need to do is share that information in a way that’s easy for students to understand and for you to update. That’s where a customer experience platform comes in. With CX tech made for non-commercial foodservice, you can quickly turn your data into mouthwatering menus packed with nutritional information, and display them everywhere: online, in a mobile app, through voice assistants, and even on digital screens onsite. Best of all, every channel automatically keeps in sync and up to date, so you only have to make changes to your menu data once and in one place. 

Compete on Quality by Telling Your Food’s Story

Student expectation: “My food isn’t just to fill me up—I choose my meals based on what I want to eat.”
How a CX platform helps: Eye-catching digital menu boards

Featured Example

Here’s a subject that unites students and operators: Food! If you’re like many operators, you live to get creative and provide new, delicious, and healthy offerings that students will love to enjoy. And students are hungry for innovative options! In a recent survey, 44% reported that they wished their school would change the menu more often to offer new foods.

With modern digital displays in dining halls and other venues (as well as well-designed online pages), you can highlight what makes your food special and help students find the kind of dishes they’ll be excited to eat. With a CX platform that includes an intuitive drag-and-drop presentation builder, you can even customize dynamic content to highlight special programs like locally sourced ingredients, spotlight special campus events and news, and more!

Do I Need a CX Platform?

Prioritizing technology that will help elevate your customer experience can feel like a luxury, but if any of these issues sound familiar, you’re poised to make a huge difference, and potentially more importantly increase revenue, by implementing a CX platform.

  1. Your published menus don’t match what is being served today.
    If students regularly arrive in your facilities only to discover that your offerings are different from what they expected, they’ll quickly lose trust and may start looking elsewhere. A CX platform can help streamline menu updates from a central source so that what you’re promising is always up-to-date.

  2. You see lines at peak periods, but slow production limits your ability to maximize the opportunity for sales.
    Don’t make people wait! The automation afforded by a CX platform can give you time back and help you work more efficiently behind the scenes so that you’re prepared to meet the rush when it inevitably arrives. A focus on mobile ordering, too, can help you keep on top of demand and prepare your kitchen for what’s to come.

  3. You’re receiving customer complaints, often about incorrect and poorly executed orders.
    Clunky old systems can lead to missed signals and avoidable mistakes. Platforms can reduce the number of connection points, increasing the accuracy of your data and the ease at which it travels. This makes it simpler to provide always accurate info to your customers and share real-time details on their order status.

  4. Customers don’t know all the services and options you can provide.
    Building an ordering program with diverse and made-to-order menu items is half the battle, but educating people about it is just as important! If students don’t know about the variety of inclusive menu items you offer, or about the many fulfillment options you support, it will be as if these innovations you’ve worked so hard to offer don’t even exist. A CX platform can ensure you present a streamlined experience and surface important menu and ordering information to your customers, guiding them through your offerings and pointing them to exactly what they’re looking for, whether they’re visiting you in-person or checking in from afar.


Putting customer experience at the forefront of your work as a higher ed foodservice program is no longer simply a nice-to-have. Luckily, CX platforms can help you bridge the gap between an efficient operator experience for your staff and a delightful customer experience for your students. 


To learn more about how you can win the future of customer service, download our free eBook, The Future of Higher Ed Foodservice

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Or, check out our Higher Ed solutions page to see how Nutrislice can help you provide students and staff the meals they love to enjoy.