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 …

Grubhub looks to the future with new partnerships, new ways to order

Grubhub and Just Eat Takeaway stole headlines earlier this year when they completed one of the largest mergers ever in the meal delivery sector. We sat down with Grubhub’s Liz Bosone, Senior Director, Restaurant Success, to find out what Grubhub is up to post-acquisition and what readers can expect to hear from the company at the …

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 …

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 …