Order online for curry in a hurry

Curryholics across the UK will soon be able to order their biryani on the Internet and have it delivered in the same time as it...

Curryholics across the UK will soon be able to order their biryani on the Internet and have it delivered in the same time as it would take for an order phoned through to a local Indian restaurant.

David Brown

New media company Majestic has teamed up with Indian cuisine specialist Joshi's Kitchen to create an Internet-based nationwide Indian food delivery service. The system is currently being piloted in Reading.

When a customer places an order online, the AFG postcode finder package locates the nearest distribution centre, which then prepares and dispatches the meal.

The companies plan to develop 300 food preparation and distribution centres across the UK within five years.

Jeremy Gidlow, Majestic's IT manager, said, "The main issues have been trying to manage a real-time system online and managing the logistics to cope with unforeseen problems at the distribution centres, while ensuring the delivery times remain viable."

Majestic hopes to start work on making the Joshi's Kitchen site available to interactive television and Wap phones within the next six months.

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