Nando's Australia

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Creating a composable foundation for digital success with Nando's

The Challenge (and opportunities)

Solving problems and unlocking potential

Nando's approached Inlight looking for a partner who could match their vision for a fast, secure and scalable solution that was ready for immediate delivery to existing customers while also having the capacity to optimise and grow well into the future.

Enter Inlight.

Cultural alignment and shared values

The beginning of a beautiful partnership

Shared cultural values across both businesses were evident right away with both parties firmly believing the best way to achieve the collective vision was through a committed partnership. This aligned vision and mutual respect ensured a powerful relationship from the very early days, allowing for constructive discussions which enabled Inlight and Nando's to collaborate on an evolving backlog, delivering value as fast as possible.

"Inlight’s pitch excited us from the start. Our customers are tech savvy so we wanted a market leading solution that would exceed their expectations. Inlight clearly understood our needs and were able to show us how they could deliver results for our current platforms and well into the future."

Jessica Freeman

Customer Excellence Manager | Nando's Australia


Taking the time to Listen

Using our delivery framework of Listen, Think, Make, Evolve (LTME), we viewed all requirements and goals through a product development lens. Starting with Listen activities to deep dive into the business goals, customer needs and technical requirements before moving onto the product solutions across UX/UI and technical product design.

Product Development Approach

Emphasising MVP over end-state vision

At the heart of this project's success has been our strategic approach to product design, prioritising the deployment of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) across web, app, and custom API. This methodology wasn't about delivering an incomplete solution; instead, it focused on launching a platform that addresses the core needs of Nando's, facilitating rapid market entry and fostering real-time learning and evolution. This approach has delivered immediate utility while laying the groundwork for ongoing feature development and evolution.

Key to this approach has been our collaborative effort in essential project ceremonies, including Standups, Backlog Refinement, and Planning, complemented by the expertise of Nando's subject matter experts.

The right tech stack

Technical solutions empowered by a composable architecture

Embracing a composable architecture to meet our tech stack's objectives — from streamlined management and robust support to user-friendliness, scalability, rapid market deployment, security, and, critically, superior customer experiences — necessitates expert skills and meticulous technical planning. This approach enables us to assemble our technology stack with interchangeable, modular components, much like building blocks, ensuring each element is precisely tailored to our evolving business and customer needs.

Sophisticated content and data management


End-user performance is critical so Inlight has created a GraphQL API layer allowing the platform to handle and optimise data from multiple sources without performance degradation.

Sophisticated content and data management

Headless Craft CMS

Inclusion of a lightweight CraftCMS content management system means the Nando's team can manage content across the website and app environment, without having to duplicate data managed in other services which can be cumbersome and losses in consistency. This has ensured platform reliability and efficiencies for the Nando's team.

Lightning fast front end

Supreme performance with React & React Native

The new platform covers Nando’s website, online ordering platform and iOS & Android apps. For a fast web front end, the platform utilises React & next.js. This is also extended to the apps which have been developed in React Native meaning the immediate and longer-term requirements of the platform could all be met comfortably.

Inlight was able to lean on extensive experience to establish frameworks to move through development faster and make the most of opportunities to share approaches across web and app.

"When it comes to managing multiple partners, dynamic content and an ever evolving, innovative food brand; this all encompassing platform approach allows Nando's to comfortably sit in their best in class market position whilst also being nimble enough to change course and optimise new learnings in our current world environment."

Tony Milne

Chief Technology Officer & Co Founder | Inlight

Partnering with AWS

Infrastructure & hosting

Key to Nando's long term success has been simplifying the partner network. The great range of services offered by AWS made them the perfect partner for this project, utilising many of their services including Cognito and Lambda to develop a secure and scalable infrastructure able to withstand high traffic volumes, reliably handle customer data and keep operating costs to a minimum.

Partnering with Adyen

Secure payment gateway

International payment provider, Adyen, was the partner of choice for this project due to their ability to integrate their industry-leading secure payments into the Nando's platforms.

Partnering with Redcat

Menu & data management

No food ordering service would be complete without a menu. Melbourne based POS provider Redcat have played a vital role in the success of the platform.

Inlight's integration and partnership approach to development has guaranteed exceptional experiences for Nando's customers thanks to the insights obtained from data supplied by Redcat.

"Inlight’s focus on leading technology solutions and strategic collaboration has given us a simplified, yet highly flexible platform. Our customers are now enjoying an intuitive, low friction and secure experience while at the back end, our team are able to pivot to new opportunities quickly, safely and cheaply."

Ed Tollinton

Chief Information Officer | Nando's

Results, delicious results

Product development that pays off - fast!

Thousands of lines of code, multiple partners (both interstate and global) and COVID-19 all added to the creative challenge of this great project for Nando's. The strength of our partnerships has taught us it takes more than a global pandemic to prevent Inlight and Nando's from achieving great things!

The results speak for themselves:

  • Positive ROI within six months of launch;
  • An incredible uplift in online ordering over 750% (yoy);
  • New member registrations up by over 160% (yoy); &
  • Over 370,000 app downloads and counting!

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