7-Eleven is the kind of convenience store that you typically find yourself in at the end of the night, when you should be in bed, but have your heart set on a warm taquito and an icy Sour Patch Kid Slurpee. And now, thanks to the new 7-Eleven delivery app that lets you order food and drinks, you can have your bedtime, and your taquitos, too. The app is currently testing in Dallas, Texas, in anticipation of a rollout to other locations across the U.S. in 2018 — so this app may be coming to you sooner rather than later. Hopefully when next year's parties are prematurely dying down because the chips are gone, there's chatter about a pizza run, there's nothing left to drink, and everyone's phone is on one percent and there aren't enough chargers, you'll be able to place an order on the 7-ElevenNOW app and save the night. While the entire inventory is not available on the app, all the staples that you'd need in a pinch will be. From hot dogs, to mixers, to chargers, and pain medication, the app's got your party night and sick day needs covered.
If you choose to use the "pick up" option, you can select your groceries in the app, pay for it in the app, and simply pick it up at the store when it's ready for you. This feature will be great for those instances where you have no time, but a lot of groceries to pick up. Order before you leave the house and have everything you need waiting for you by the time you get there. It's a super simple way to make the customer experience more streamlined — plus, at this point we're all used to using apps to make our lives easier, so a convenient app for a convenience store is really a double whammy.
If you want to make an order for delivery, you'll have to pay an extra fee for a courier service. Whether or not that will be the case with the extended roll out, it's hard to say. Other companies like Seamless are offering delivery without the use of third parties to deliver food — so it's possible that 7-Eleven might eventually merge their delivery efforts, especially if the feature is popular enough.
Excited? Same. If you're also impatient for this app to head your way, over the course of the next year the company plans to roll out the delivery and pick up feature to other chains across the country. So before you get all huffy and puffy about living in a city that never gets to be the first to use a new app feature, think about it this way: by the time it rolls out nationally, it will be much easier to use. It's better for an app to test the waters and work out the kinks on a smaller scale before they open up their services for everyone. By the time the rest of us get the app, all the trouble shooting will have been dealt with and the user experience will have been perfected. So let Dallas test it out, and deal with all of those early app mishaps! We'll be waiting over here for our bedtime taquitos once it's a smooth operation.
If you don't live in Dallas, but want to download the app anyway and start dreaming about what you're going to order when the service does become available in your area, you can head to the Apple Store or Google Play and download it now. Snack time is the best time, indeed.