An Irish food ordering app has seen its revenue increase by more than 400% in the last year as part of its goal to help the local hospitality industry recover from the impact of the pandemic.

Dublin headquartered Bamboo also experienced an uplift in customers of 230%, with orders rising by 136% in the 12 months to July 2021.

Bamboo allows customers to order and pay from hundreds of restaurants, cafés and hotels across Ireland seamlessly through its app and suite of ordering tools. Bamboo gives hospitality businesses a platform to offer advance ordering and contactless pickup for their customers.

Launched initially in 2018, Bamboo was acquired by FETCH earlier this year. FETCH is a UK-based in-venue ordering platform.

To help fuel its growth, Bamboo has agreed a new partnership with Square, the first of its kind in Ireland. The partnership will help Bamboo increase its support of local hospitality businesses by introducing Square’s point-of-sale technology to help manage orders and payment processing.

One of the venues to benefit from Bamboo’s partnership with Square is On The Go Coffee Co. in Buncrana. Andrea Kelly, Owner of On The Go, said: “Being a part of the Bamboo platform means we can offer a click and collect service to our customers without the hassle and cost of investing in additional technology. Bamboo’s partnership with Square will make our experience with the app even better, giving us access to world-class payments technology that will really help our business continue to grow.”

In addition to the point-of-sale technology, Bamboo’s partners will also be able to leverage Square’s restaurant technology to help them get online and manage orders from the Bamboo platform.

Nicholas Harris, Head of Partnerships at Square UK, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Bamboo and understand the huge demand in Ireland for safe and seamless mobile food ordering. We know that together, we can provide the tools to help F&B businesses adapt and grow as they look toward the future after an unpredictable year.”

Conor Moules, Country Manager at Bamboo, said: “OTeaming up with Square will not only help our partners, but it’s also a clear signal of Bamboo’s intent to dominate the Irish food apps market; something we’re well on our way to achieving after a trailblazing period of growth in the last 12 months.”

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