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Doug Watson: Drive-Thru 2020+

August 26, 2020 / by Jean Jones

Doug Watson, President and CEO of The Howard Company, discusses "Drive-Thru 2020+".

Drive-Thru 2020+ UPDATED

The events of 2020 have made some things pretty clear to most quick service restaurant operators - drive-thru is essential. Many have found that theirs just has not measured up. Doug summarizes what he sees happening now and what is coming in the near future:

  • Operators pivoted quickly and found ways to make the most of their existing infrastructure. Now they are looking at permanent improvements.
  • In order to maintain revenue, improving throughput is a focus.
  •  Site footprints will be changing dramatically.
  • Drive-thru lanes, app/web ordering lanes and third-party delivery space have to be designed for both optimal guest experiences and efficiency.

The drive-thru of the future - 2020 and beyond - is going to look a lot different. Enhancements to technology, site planning, and multiple revenue streams have to start with a focus on the guest. No longer can businesses just put a menu sign in a parking lot. Watch Doug's video to hear his thoughts after more than 30 years in the industry.  

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Jean Jones

Written by Jean Jones

Jean Jones started in restaurant marketing in 1996 when she and her husband operated two fine dining restaurants in Wisconsin. After a detour into marketing for a real estate development firm, she returns to the restaurant industry with The Howard Company.