Many of you know me, Harry Hayman, as a prominent restaurant industry figure across the city of Philadelphia. While my role is mainly behind-the-scenes as a consultant, I am able to leave my mark and improve a variety of restaurants. As a matter of fact, with the help of WorkMerk and my colleagues at the Wharton School of Business, I have been in the works on a project that could help revolutionize the safety of those working in the food industry, especially when it comes to the COVID-19 crisis.
Due to our country’s stay-at-home orders, restaurants can no longer operate as usual. While many can still order takeout, the more popular method has shifted to delivery — whether that be through the restaurant or third-party apps such as UberEats and DoorDash. While it offers a level of convenience, especially with non-contact delivery becoming the norm, it does bring up concerns from some of the recipients. Some are worried that they aren’t getting the right level of cleanliness between when their food is prepared and when it arrives on their doorstep. Others fear for the safety and well-being of the delivery drivers.
Here is where our newest innovation comes into play. We want a way for these companies and restaurants to be incentivized to have new safety and sanitation procedures to accommodate the unprecedented times that we live in. Once new procedures are in place, we need to ensure customers that these procedures are followed. With the help of WorkMerk’s new feature, the VirusSAFE Pro mobile app, the food industry can be held accountable by these standards.
This technology allows bars, restaurants, and other eating establishments to enter daily verification of their cleanliness measures, from food preparation to bathroom cleanliness and everything in between. Through the app, you can also receive labels of verification for establishments who are meeting these standards to post on their storefronts — giving potential customers peace of mind that they are not putting their health at risk.
While the app is still in development, we could not be more excited to help restaurants in Philadelphia and beyond provide an exceptional level of service and safety to their customers, especially during these times of uncertainty. It is yet another way that I, Harry Hayman, am using my role as an entrepreneur and restaurant industry leader to improve the world around me. To learn more about this innovation as well as other projects I have been working on, feel free to contact me.