Subscription Models Are the Future of Third-Party Food Delivery

When Postmates started delivering Starbucks back in 2015, the deal came with a glaring drawback: Postmates’ $5.99 delivery fee applied to any order, even if it was a single beverage. While it was fun and novel to try getting a tall latte delivered to the office once, just to say you did, most of us wrote the concept off as impractical and unsustainable.

Times have changed. Coffee delivery with reasonable delivery fees is now a thing, along with smoothies, Big Macs, $1.19 bean burritos, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. That’s thanks to the fact that off-premise sales are now 38 percent of total restaurant sales and growing, and, according to a recent forecast by Technomic, much of the growth comes from the rise of third-party delivery sales.

That makes now the perfect time to rethink delivery fees, and a growing number of companies are now looking to the subscription model.


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