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 …

Lunchbox Acquires Online Restaurant Marketplace Spread

Online ordering platform Lunchbox announced today it has acquired Spread, an online marketplace that aims to offer both restaurants and customers an alternative to Grubhub, DoorDash, and other major third-party delivery services. Lunchbox’s online ordering software will power the transactions, while Spread will handle the deliveries. Pickup options will also be available for customers. NYC-based delivery marketplace Spread …

Philly’s Delivery Guys is a start-up ready to compete with food delivery giants such as Grubhub, UberEats. Here’s how it will do it.

Richard Hernández bought Franklinville’s Sabor Rico Bakery (formerly known as A&Y) in December 2019, three months before the pandemic hit. He didn’t even get the chance to change the store’s sign before he found himself struggling to keep his small business open. While managing the store, the Puerto Rican business owner supervised the quality of …

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 …

DoorDash Claims Customers Prefer to Order Direct Over Third-Party

Consumers would rather order delivery directly from a restaurant as opposed to a third-party provider. In its recent trend report, polling 1,525 respondents, DoorDash found 43 percent of its customers prefer to order delivery through a restaurant’s website or app, whereas 27 percent prefer to order delivery through a third-party delivery platform, and 16 percent …

Local food delivery platform gains footing in the Upper Valley

HANOVER, N.H. (WCAX) – A new delivery system for restaurants in Hanover is taking on the tech giants like Doordash and Uber Eats, and the cooperative venture is designed to keep money in local communities. As the country continues to come back from COVID, some trends that began during the pandemic could stick around for …

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 …

Cartwheel Raises $1 Million to Disrupt On-Demand Delivery

Portillo’s Hot Dogs is investing in the company and implementing its turnkey delivery solutions LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Cartwheel, an on-demand delivery management platform for restaurants and retailers, announced today that it has raised a $1 million seed round led by TenOneTen Ventures with participation from Act One Ventures and Portillo’s Hot Dogs, along with angel investment from additional restaurateurs. The …