Delivering Yourself? Good Luck Finding Drivers

The labor situation is difficult, and restaurateurs looking to get into the delivery game themselves have an especially difficult task.

…By his and Dickey’s math, it takes six to eight deliveries to break even and be as economical as catering. But getting someone to make those deliveries is tricky.

“Just trying to hire people, that’s the biggest challenge,” said Blinkewitz. “Everyone is hiring, and with the expansion of DoorDash or Bite Squad, everyone is working with them.”

…According to self-reported salaries on Glassdoor, it’s not quite a monumental gulf, but it’s significant. Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub and Bite Squad drivers earn between $23,000 and $27,000 in their markets. Drivers for Domino’s average $25,000 plus about $7,000 in tips for $32,000 total. By comparison, the average Uber “taxi” driver can earn about $30,700 each year. Also according to Glassdoor, the total average restaurants and bar delivery drivers is a little over $18,000 a year plus $6,500 in tips for $24,500.


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