DoorDash rolls out alcohol delivery to 20 states

Dive Brief: DoorDash expanded its marketplace on Monday to include beer, wine and spirits on demand across 20 states and Washington, D.C., as well as Canada and Australia, reaching more than 100 million customers, according to a press release sent to Restaurant Dive.  Where legally permissible, customers can toggle to the alcohol tab in DoorDash’s …

Inside Instacart’s frenzied summer of unsuccessful dealmaking with Uber and DoorDash

Mike Kane/Bloomberg via Getty Images Instacart’s former CEO Apoorva Mehta suggested DoorDash acquire Instacart, source tells Insider. Incoming Instacart CEO Fidji Simo also got involved in DoorDash deal talks. DoorDash passed on the deal. Uber also passed on an app integration with Instacart. In early summer, Instacart’s co-founder and then CEO Apoorva Mehta reached out to …

GrubHub, DoorDash Services Take Off During Pandemic: A Look at the Patents on Food Delivery Inventions

One of the sectors of the U.S. economy that has seemingly thrived through the COVID-19 pandemic—indeed, because of the pandemic—has been food delivery services. Buoyed by successful firms like GrubHub and DoorDash, food delivery apps have benefitted from increased demand due to social distancing and shelter-in-place orders during the pandemic. The top four delivery apps saw a …

Chicago Seeks Restaurants Stories Detailing Experiences With DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats

Last week, the city of Chicago made headlines by filing twin lawsuits against Grubhub and DoorDash in accusing the food delivery companies of deceptive business practices. Now, the city is looking for anecdotes about restaurants and third-party couriers. The city has launched an online survey that asks hospitality workers ”about your experiences with meal delivery companies, including but not …

Chicago accuses Grubhub, DoorDash of deceptive business practices

Chicago filed two consumer protection lawsuits against DoorDash and Grubhub on Friday for “engaging in deceptive and unfair business practices that harm restaurants and mislead consumers,” according to a press release. This is the first comprehensive law enforcement action against meal delivery companies in the U.S., the city said. The lawsuits, which are the result of an investigation …

Chicago sues DoorDash, Grubhub for allegedly deceiving customers

The City of Chicago filed two sweeping lawsuits against DoorDash and Grubhub for allegedly deceiving customers and using unfair business practices. The suits echo longstanding claims from restaurant owners that the platforms advertise delivery services for their businesses without their consent and conceal lower prices that restaurants offer directly to customers outside of the platforms. The city also claims both platforms …

DoorDash Talks to Invest in Grocery Startup Gorillas Ends

DoorDash Inc., the largest food delivery company in the U.S., has ended talks to invest in Gorillas Technologies GmbH after disagreements with the German delivery startup over expansion plans, according to a person familiar with the matter. The San Francisco-based company was discussing investing $400 million in a deal that would have valued the startup at $2.5 …

Gig economy companies are having to spend more than ever to find hosts and drivers

In Airbnb’s earnings report on Thursday, the home-sharing company said sales and marketing costs in the second quarter jumped 175% to $315.3 million. DoorDash said its sales and marketing costs in the quarter climbed 154% to $427 million. Both companies are increasing marketing expenditures at a rapid clip to bring more supply into their marketplaces. …

Deal Of The Day: Why DoorDash Buying Instacart Would Create A Powerhouse

The fast-moving grocery delivery business got a new shock on Wednesday when The Information reported that DoorDash has held talks in recent months about exploring a possible acquisition of Instacart in a deal that would be valued between $40 billion and $50 billion. According to one analyst, the move makes sense and would create a powerful combination. …

DoorDash Sees Record Orders Eaten Up By Rising Costs

For the fourth consecutive quarter, DoorDash has underwhelmed on the bottom line and delivered major losses, despite record numbers of people ordering take-out food. For the three months ending June 30, the company announced on Thursday (Aug. 12) that losses for Q2 totaled $102 million. The company experienced a brief period of profitability at the …