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 …

Delivery Co-op application supports delivery drivers and local restaurants

The food delivery app gives drivers guaranteed pay and benefits and supports local restaurants. While dashing for door dash, Holly Yessan noticed she wasn’t making a lot of money because orders aren’t guaranteed. She then decided to downloaded Delivery Co-op. Unlike third party delivery services like doordash and uber, drivers can deliver full time with …

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 …

How a new delivery model could save restaurants struggling with rising costs

High delivery costs are eating into the dwindling profits of restaurant and food companies struggling during the pandemic, but one expert says new pricing models could help them survive. Michael von Massow, a professor and food economist with the University of Guelph’s department of food, agricultural and resource economics, believes the entire business model of food …

The future of gig work could involve unions and co-ops

The classification of gig workers for companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates has long been a topic of debate. Since California worker-protection bill AB 5 became law, some companies have gone to great lengths to continue classifying workers as independent contractors. Uber and Postmates, for example, unsuccessfully sued to try to prevent the …

Worker-owned co-ops are coming for the digital gig economy

A domestic cleaning worker in New York City faces a choice. She might decide to register on a platform like Handy or Taskrabbit, where she can accept jobs on a case-by-case basis. Having the flexibility to create her own schedule might compel her, but she might soon realize that 15% to 20% of the pay …