Home food delivery still going strong for Iowa businesses

From online retail giants to local takeout, last year’s home quarantine period saw a boom in home-delivery services. That wave receded this spring as vaccination numbers grew, but larger Iowa markets are likely to see continued growth in the service. “We anticipate more customers choosing online shopping as their primary way to shop for groceries,” …

Delivery Co-ops Offer Growing Alternative to National Gig Delivery Services

When the pandemic-induced economic shutdown hit the United States in March 2020, among the hardest hit businesses were restaurants. A National Restaurant Association report published last January estimated that 110,000 establishments had closed at least temporarily—and many permanently. That’s one in six restaurants nationwide. An estimated 2.5 million jobs were lost. To survive amid shutdown orders and …

Delivery Co-ops Provide an Answer to High Fees and Low Wages

During the pandemic, homebound Americans more than doubled their food delivery orders, largely through third-party apps like Seamless and UberEats. COVID-19 lockdowns may have hastened the apps’ growth, but economists have tracked a dramatic uptick in the use of such platforms over the past five years. But the convenience of these apps masks an inherently predatory nature, with crippling …

DELIVERY DEVELOPMENTS: LOCAL CHALLENGERS

NEW, LOCAL CHALLENGERS ENTER THE MARKET Big delivery apps including Uber, Grubhub, and DoorDash have recently found themselves in hot water, facing a class action lawsuit over delivery fees, according to a report from Legal Newsline (June 22). The high fees implemented by these companies are spurring independent restaurants to explore their own delivery options. In response …

Local Delivery Alternatives Bite Into DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber

Seeking to stay busy after retiring from a career in nonprofit health-care management, Jon Sewell opened a calzone shop in Iowa City, Iowa. After eight years in the business, he can tell you all about the joys of plying college kids with late-night cheesy goodness—and even more about the downsides of delivery apps such as …

Delivery Apps like Grubhub and DoorDash charge restaurants huge commission fees. Are delivery co-ops the solution?

The Grubhub model is here to stay. But community-based delivery services could be lifelines for small restaurants battling huge commission fees. During the pandemic, homebound Americans more than doubled their food delivery orders, largely through third-party apps like Seamless and UberEats. Covid-19 lockdowns may have hastened the apps’ growth, but economists have tracked a dramatic uptick in the use …

Restaurant owners to launch local food delivery service to compete with DoorDash, Postmates

Take out services like DoorDash and Postmates will have some new competition next month. Restaurant owners in Las Vegas are coming together to launch their own food service delivery platform.   They are challenging big app-based platforms because of growing frustrations over fees during the pandemic and they plan to have it ready in April.  “We’re nervous but I think the timing …

Las Vegas restaurant owners team up to compete against major delivery services

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Some restaurants in the Las Vegas valley hit hard by the pandemic plan to go head-to-head with the likes of GrubHub, DoorDash and Uber Eats. This service will be called the Loco Co-Op. Rather than using other third-party apps for food delivery, these restaurants will be providing their own. “The platform will …

LoCo Omaha to Begin Regular Operations

Following the success of its Douglas County Meal Plan, LoCo Omaha will begin regular operations in early February as Omaha’s only locally-owned restaurant delivery service. Established in 2020, LoCo Omaha is the city’s locally-owned and operated restaurant delivery service. Unlike third-party services, LoCo Omaha is owned by local restaurants. In December 2020, LoCo Omaha received $500,000 from …