Mobile Trading Trends 2020: New Day Parts, Grab n’ Go, & Embracing Technology – StreetDots

StreetDots operate the world’s largest database of mobile traders in the world. Who better to reveal the top trends in mobile street food & beverage? We have a host of proven ideas for UK street food traders and are keen to show you how to make additional revenue whilst complimenting your existing offering. Keep your finger on the pulse of industry innovation and consider additional revenue streams, further retail offerings and fully immerse yourselves into the grab n’ go sector. 

Daily Trading Opportunities – Morning, noon and night

You are probably used to trading at festivals or events, but have you thought about trading on a daily basis on your terms and all year round? StreetDots is the world’s first digital booking platform designed for mobile food and beverage operators. We work with the UK’s real estate community (think offices, stadiums, universities and transport hubs) to find iconic and popular trading locations across London and Manchester. Since 2014, we have secured 250+ ‘dots’ or trading locations and plan to acquire so many more.

We keep our ears close to the ground and as a marketplace and keep track on data and trends within this sector, understanding what works where and when. StreetDots have morning, afternoon and evening trading slots allowing traders maximum freedom and flexibility with the ability of reaching new audiences. If you have a core lunchtime offer, have you considered creating a breakfast or evening menu? The night time economy is booming so jump on board. Your product may even lend itself to seasonal opportunities or certain calendar events through the year. Every lcation we have on our platform can allow you access to trade and grow your business.

Take a piece of the ‘Grab n’ Go’ pie!

Over and above day time trading StreetDots have identified and opened up a wonderful new opportunity for street food traders to enhance their core offers with further retail create grab offerings for consumers to purchase as a gift or potentially to eat later as a take home product!  Everything as we know it is changing and evolving – especially consumer behavior. People need convenience and want things here and now! If a commuter is travelling home and is time poor, would they pick up a take home pie from their nearest train station to bake at home?

The UK food-to-go market is worth a whopping £20bn annually and street food alone contributes £2bn. Operators of all shapes and sizes can take a piece of the pie. Capture your share of the 2.8% growth forecast for this booming market. 

“A key trend in British foodservice is the decline of the on-premise sector (food and drinks consumed where purchased) versus off-premise (delivery, takeaway / grab ‘n’ go and drive-thru). This is the result of the long-term decline in retail footfall as more shoppers purchase online. The on-premise market peaked at 4.58 billion visits in 2016 but dropped in the two years following. It will lose a further 8% by end 2020 (vs. 2018) to reach 4.02 billion visits.” – NPD Group 2019 

It has never been easier for independent brands to facilitate enhanced offerings. Whether you have created a branded offering showcasing your existing offer or packaging existing menu items for reheating later on!

If you have a taco or burrito truck, why not try packaging your famous dry seasoning and selling alongside your hot items? These items make great stocking stuffers and allow you to personalise your offering. 

Perhaps you are famous for your burgers. Why not try and bottle your secret sauce and expand your brand?

If you are selling hot chocolates, why not sell mini wrapped bags of coloured marshmallows to buy separately? This could be that instagrammable moment you have been waiting for!

These ideas can be simple to execute, and who knows these food retail items could put you on the map and get you into different retail streams. It is also a great way to trial and test products and see which items sell better than others. 

The only thing to keep in mind, is that the food retail offering needs to be related to your existing offer. No point in selling chocolates if you are known for your noodles! Perhaps you would consider a sustainable reusable branded noodle bowl with a discount for using again. The possibilities are endless!

Try selling with StreetDots

StreetDots is modernising mobile street trading in the great outdoors and are removing the traditional overheads for those wishing to trade in iconic locations in major UK cities.The StreetDots platform now supports 2500+ independent brands in food, beverages, retail, and produce. We work with the UK’s top real estate firms across all sectors including stadiums, business parks, office campuses, coworking, meanwhile use developments and more. These land partners activate their land with StreetDots in order to create varierty and choice to consumers and tenants.

Here’s what you get on the StreetDots trading platform

  1. Space at the click of the button.
  2. Compliance all in one place stored in your profile
  3. Real time editing of your profile and menu
  4. Presence on our consumer app so they can see where you are and what your selling
  5. Easy booking management
  6. Messaging service

Start thinking about how to expand your business with StreetDots in 2020. 

If you are not yet a StreetDots trader, apply today by downloading the trade smart app for free. Welcome to a world of new trading opportunities.

A few of our forward-thinking land operator partners

We work with hundreds of the UK's top real estate firms and transportation organisations to activate dormant land.

We do this free of charge. We do not charge our partners anything for this service. In fact, our land operators make money by collaborating with us. The most which can be made from a single dot is £90,000 per annum, if fully activated.

  • Abredeen Asset Management
  • Blackstone
  • British Land
  • Brookfield Asset Management
  • CBRE
  • Derwent London
  • Great Portland Estates
  • Grosvenor
  • Here East
  • New River
  • Savills
  • Schroders
  • Segro
  • Stanhope
  • TIAA Henderson Real Estate
  • Transport for London
  • Wembley
  • Westfield
  • Wework
  • u+i