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Aichi Takeout Map

Virtual takeout map highlights restaurants adapting to offer takeout services in Japan as they begin to pivot.

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In many areas of Japan, Nagoya and Aichi Prefecture included, it has been relatively uncommon until now for restaurants to offer takeout options. Recently due to COVID-19 constraints, many businesses have quickly adapted to offer takeout meals and even some cook-at-home kits. 

However, there was lack of visibility of these new offerings, especially for small businesses. Since takeout meals have historically been uncommon for many restaurants, it is not always an option that comes to mind for potential customers.

DOUC 同志会 (Association), an association of managers from 20 local SMEs of various industries that normally does various volunteer activities in the community, decided to quickly create a platform for these businesses to promote their takeout offerings and for people to find takeout options. Though other mainstream applications have "takeout" and "delivery" filters for searches, the information is not nearly as comprehensive as the Aichi Takeout Map. This can be seen as a testament to the power of grassroots solidarity and word of mouth marketing.

Since Aichi Takeout Map's release, over 500 businesses have registered and the site is accessed over 10,000 times per day. Business owners can register by filling out an online form, and free resources are available, including standard "Takeout" and "Delivery" signs for businesses to post.

What is the need are you focusing on?

Lack of awareness about businesses that are pivoting to offer takeout food and drinks.

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

It is only one example, but links for the effort described above (in Japanese): https://douc.jp/archives/chatchup/take_out_map https://douc.jp/archives/chatchup/take_out_map2

What is your profession?

Graduate Student

Where are you located (country)?

Japan

Where are you located (region)?

  • Eastern Asia

Which industry do you work in?

  • Business/Consulting
  • Manufacturing

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your submission? Are you participating in these efforts?

Any relevant business can submit information via an open form to DOUC 同志会 (Association) to be included in the map and database.

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