Separating Tickets for Collaborating Merchants

When a customer orders from multiple merchants, TableTab automatically splits up ordered items by merchant and sends separate tickets for fulfillment.

Our last blog post outlined how TableTab provides collaborative payment channels so customers can order from multiple merchants at once. What happens next - specifically, how merchants receive their orders - is explained here.

When a transaction consisting of items from different merchants is placed, TableTab’s software does two things in quick succession:

  1. We “separate” each item by merchant
  2. Then we send each merchant their own order ticket (consisting only of their items, not the items of other merchants).

Therefore, when a transaction is made, merchants will receive only their items for fulfillment. It is the exact same way merchants handle fulfillment today.

In this illustration, we see an order get "split up." The brewery receives a ticket via our Staff App for a 16oz IPA. The taco truck receives a ticket via their printer for a Taco Platter. Although a customer ordered from both merchants at once, each merchant receives and fulfills tickets separately.

To illustrate this workflow better, consider a previously mentioned use case of a brewery and taco truck collaborating with each other. With TableTab, customers can order from the brewery and the food truck through a single transaction, via any of our payment channels. Let’s imagine the customer orders the following:

  • 16oz IPA
  • Taco Platter

Once this order is placed, TableTab’s back-end software gets to work. We send the brewery a ticket for the 16oz IPA. We send the taco truck a ticket for a Taco Platter. Both merchants fulfill their tickets, and the customer can either receive a notification to pick up their items, or their items can be run out to them (TableTab tickets include names and table or seat #s for staff).


The result of this workflow is a beautiful, powerful balance between collaboration and independence for merchants. While merchants collaborate by sharing their product catalogs so customers can order from multiple merchants at once, merchants can also control and manage their own fulfillment.

Of course, TableTab is incredibly flexible when it comes to collaborative operations. For example, there may be an operation where all merchants use the same kitchen or inventory for fulfillment, and employ the same staff. In this case, TableTab wouldn’t need to split a ticket by merchant. Instead, we would simply send the entire ticket to a single destination for fulfillment.

We pride ourselves in how customizable TableTab is, which is a prerequisite when it comes to collaboration. We invite you to pitch us your collaborative concept, and we’ll discuss how TableTab can bring it to life. 

As always, if you have any questions from this blog post and/or want to learn more, contact us.

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