El Pollo Loco expands its digital platform with Flybuy curbside pickup technology to automate and enhance the pickup process for staff and customers.

Washington, DC – September 29, 2020
El Pollo Loco expands its digital platform with Flybuy curbside pickup technology to automate and enhance the pickup process for staff and customers.

Flybuy Pickup enables El Pollo Loco to:

  • Accurately predict the arrival time of customers using GPS technology
  • Automatically notify staff when the customer is on the way, nearby, and on property
  • Precisely locate customer in the parking lot or in-store
  • Promptly deliver the customer’s order to the curb immediately upon arrival

“Eliminating wait time for our order-ahead customers, has been top of mind for El Pollo Loco,” said Andy Rebhun, VP Digital from El Pollo Loco. “The fact that a customer can enjoy their order as fast and fresh as they would receive it when dining in, shows how incredibly robust the Flybuy Pickup program is. Curbside pickup isn’t going anywhere, and Flybuy is key for us today.”

As the pandemic began, El Pollo Loco immediately began investing in technology to enable customers to order ahead without having to wait in line. Flybuy Pickup alleviates the typical operational headaches when juggling multiple pickup orders at one time. With the influx of off-premise traffic, many restaurants have been leaning on temporary manual curbside solutions to keep up with the influx of to-go orders. El Pollo Loco quickly recognized the need for a high-tech, location-based curbside solution, so staff could easily fulfill orders based on the estimated arrival time for each customer and delivery driver. 73% of diners surveyed say that their restaurant experience is improved through technology (source) which is why Flybuy is met with great enthusiasm by both customers and employees.

El Pollo Loco has fully integrated the Flybuy technology into their mobile application to create a frictionless user interface for customers. Additionally, the Flybuy location updates were integrated directly into their Kitchen Display System which enables a seamless experience for staff at the store level. The current system is available in 95% of El Pollo Loco locations.

“Flybuy Pickup gives restaurants like El Pollo Loco the opportunity to give customers a safe and contactless way to pick up their food,” said Flybuy’s EVP of Global Partnerships, Jeff Baskin. “At the onset of COVID-19, restaurants were scrambling to get a pickup system in place. The visionaries at El Pollo Loco realized that a manual solution will not work while off-premise ordering is up nearly 200%. Knowing when each customer will be arriving is essential for El Pollo Loco to maintain order freshness. Flybuy makes sure the El Pollo Loco team is operating efficiently and is always prepared for a customer to arrive in-store or at the curb.”

To learn more about Flybuy Pickup, visit flybuypickup.com.

About Flybuy Pickup
The Flybuy location platform, by Radius Networks, uses proprietary location technology to help companies deliver a frictionless customer experience and drive location-based transactions. The platform includes Flybuy Pickup for optimizing curbside and in-store pickup; Flybuy Tableside to improve the speed of ordering and service in-store; Flybuy Pay to conduct contactless payments and streamline the checkout and payment process; and Flybuy Drive-Thru for automating pickup in the drive-thru lane.

About El Pollo Loco
El Pollo Loco (Nasdaq:LOCO) is the nation’s leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant with a mission to bring people together around food, family, and culture in the communities it serves. El Pollo Loco is renowned for its handcrafted L.A. Mex food, an innovative blend of traditional Mexican cuisine and better-for-you eating, that Los Angeles is known for. Since 1980, El Pollo Loco has successfully opened and maintained more than 475 company-owned and franchised restaurants in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Louisiana while remaining true to its Mexican-American heritage. El Pollo Loco continues to grow and evolve, nourishing connections to tradition, culture, and one another through fire-grilled goodness that makes us feel like familia. For more information, visit us at http://www.elpolloloco.com.