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GET app helps students skip crowds

The newly introduced GET app allows students to skip the long lines in Armstrong and pick up their food to go.  

The GET app lets students place mobile orders from their phones and pick up their food at a designated time. The app can be used to pick up food from various areas on campus such as restaurants in Armstrong, Market Street at MacCracken and Scoreboard Market and Grill at Martin Dining Hall. 

“We were introduced to the GET app earlier this year to help students both avoid in-person contact and to reduce the lines in our dining service locations,” said Geno Svec, the executive director of campus services. “I think it has really improved the student experience in terms of getting food both safely and quickly.”

Students using the app have said the short wait times were a pleasant surprise from the usual long lines across campus.

“I used the app today after a friend told me about it,” said senior marketing and fashion double major Daniela Wainfor. “I was suspicious on how long it would take for the food to come out, but I was surprised – it was only around a three-minute wait, so yeah, it’s pretty cool.”

In addition to avoiding long lines, the app also helps minimize the chance of spreading COVID-19 in crowded indoor areas.

“I wanted to go get food and use my declining balance, but I didn’t want to stand in the long lines for too long,” junior bio and pre-med major Alexia Zylko said. “I was scared of coming into contact with other people because usually they’re standing way too close. The app pretty much let me avoid all that.”

The app’s actual delivery time varies by restaurant. Students reported wait times of anywhere from one to seven minutes after arriving to pick up orders. 

To start an order, users open the app, select which restaurant they want to order from, fill out an order and select a time to pick up.

Additionally, GET allows users to scan their Miami IDs, access their dorm halls, display their account balance for both MUlaa and meal plan and show transactions made for recent purchases.

Although uncertain, Svec is already looking to the future for the application at Miami.

“I can’t say for sure,” Svec said, “but I think it wouldn’t be unreasonable to keep the service around next year and beyond.”

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