A Utah company’s food-delivery app keeps its focus on local restaurants

Indu Sudhakar said she and her husband, Caleb Askins, wanted more from food-delivery services than something “transactional.” “We really want to put a face behind who’s cooking the food that the customers are getting,” said Sudhakar, who co-founded the Utah-based service Chefpanzee with Askins in 2017. “The idea was, like a traditional food delivery service, [to] make …

How Is Lyft’s Food-Delivery Strategy Different?

Ride-hailing service Lyft is entering the food-delivery space in a partnership with online-ordering platform Olo. Though it may sound like Lyft is trying to become the next Uber Eats, it’s setting itself apart with a different strategy. “This is not about Lyft creating a clone of Uber Eats,” Olo CEO Noah Glass told Insider (Dec. 14). The Strategy Lyft’s …

Local food delivery service takes on Uber Eats, GrubHub

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Mike Magee has made a career out of helping restaurants build a better business, but after the pandemic cut into his consulting business, he literally took his efforts to the streets of Saint Petersburg.  “This is the way the restaurants can keep the cost down (and) save money,” Magee said. “And …

Startup Spotlight: Zuppler seeks a bigger piece of the $150B food delivery pie

The startup: Zuppler is an online ordering platform integrated into restaurant websites that is available on desktop and mobile apps. Founded: 2011 Home base: Conshohocken Founder: Shiva Srinivasan spent years building enterprise application software. About 12 years ago, he was amazed that he could order pizza online from Domino’s, but he felt that the experience was limited. “At that point, …

New co-op food delivery service hopes to keep local restaurants in business

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. — There’s a new delivery service in Tampa Bay hoping to be a life-saving ride for restaurants. It’s called LoCo, a co-op of locally-owned restaurants, delivering food without all the fees of bigger companies. YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=395Iqkqf1M4 “We estimate that those big monopolies GrubHub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats are taking somewhere close to $2 …

P.F. Chang’s wants to offer self-delivery nationwide by 2023

Prior to the pandemic, P.F. Chang’s managed catering deliveries in-house and was already exploring self-delivery solutions. The chain didn’t expect the COVID-19 crisis to prime its customers to engage with its native channels, allowing the Asian fast casual to deepen diner loyalty, increase order frequency and better own its off-premise offerings.  “With all of the challenges …

FoodJets founder launches new meal delivery service

A new weekly meal service delivering local restaurant eats launched in the Sacramento market recently, with plans to potentially expand nationally. Founder and CEO Darren McAdams will use his past experiences running similar companies to help make the new business, called Cräveble, successful. McAdams founded and oversaw FoodJets Inc., a restaurant delivery platform that eventually expanded to …

Irish start-up Vromo raises $8m to expand food delivery tech globally

Previously known as WeBringg, Vromo has tech partnerships with big players in the business including Olo, Doordash and Deliveroo. Food delivery SaaS start-up Vromo has raised $8m in Series A funding led by Dutch VC firm No Such Ventures. The Dublin-based company, which recently bagged big partnership deals in the US with Jack Dorsey’s payments giant Square …

Goodbye Grubhub? These N.J. restaurants built their own delivery service.

For New Jersey’s pandemic-ravaged restaurant industry, it’s been one crisis after another. Mandatory shutdowns and capacity caps, staff shortages and supply-chain breakdowns — not to mention unsympathetic customers — have all crippled already razor-thin profit margins. Now, some restaurant owners say the latest threats to their livelihoods are third-party delivery companies like DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. The services …

Owner.com serves up $10.7M so that independent restaurants can get cooking

Independent restaurants don’t typically have the luxury to create their own online food ordering and delivery capabilities or negotiate for lower rates from legacy ordering platforms like the large restaurant chains do. Here’s where Owner.com comes in. The Palo Alto-based company provides a free online ordering, delivery and marketing platform for independent restaurants that puts them on …