Delivery service Gopuff acquires rideOS for $115 million

On-demand goods, food and alcohol delivery service Gopuff has acquired fleet management platform rideOS for $115 million, sources familiar with the deal say. This acquisition comes just a few months after the Philadelphia-based startup announced a $1.15 billion funding round at a $8.9 billion valuation, up from $3.9 billion in October. Last fall, the company also raised $380 …

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 …

DoorDash and Uber Eats Are Hot. They’re Still Not Making Money.

Food-delivery companies did record-breaking business during the pandemic, as millions of homebound Americans embraced the idea of ordering dinner via smartphone apps. Their valuations skyrocketed. They acquired reams of data that helped increase their efficiency. There was just one problem: Even at the height of their success, they weren’t making any money. Now, as the …

Delivery Platform DC To-GoGo Might Be Taking A Break, But Its Founders Are Looking To Expand

Less than a year since launching their takeout and delivery platform, the team behind DC To-GoGo is taking a break from the service.  Launched in May 2020 by the team behind Ivy & Coney – Chris Powers, Adam Fry, and Josh Saltzman – the platform was a local alternative to major delivery platforms, like Grubhub and UberEats, …

TECH ROUNDUP: NOT ENOUGH DELIVERY DRIVERS

As restaurants struggle to find enough workers, food delivery companies are having hiring issues of their own. Growing demand for delivery over the past year combined with renewed hiring in other sectors is putting pressure on companies such as Uber Eats to keep enough people driving. “As more people are vaccinated, demand from customers has increased. We’re working …

Doordash’s Order Combining Patent

Doordash, the food delivery app, had an explosive IPO yesterday, jumping up almost 100%. From what I understand, Doordash currently has the lion’s share of the food delivery market – greater than the combined market share of UBER Eats, Grubhub, and Postmates. Here, Doordash has a patent US10740715B1 that gives a user a discount if they …

DoorDash Offers Little Explanation After Two Weekend Crashes

It was past time for my tacos from Muchas Gracias to arrive on Saturday night, but I couldn’t log into my Caviar account to track my order. I wasn’t the only one experiencing difficulties. The Mexican restaurant said it had 16 orders ready for delivery around 7:30 p.m., but nowhere to send them. DoorDash, which acquired Caviar last year, crashed during …

DoorDash IPO: The Lessons For Entrepreneurs

Today DoorDash filed the necessary papers for its upcoming public offering. The estimate is that the company will raise over $2 billion, which will make it one of the this year’s largest IPOs. In the U.S. market, DoorDash is the leader in the on-demand food delivery business. The share is about 50%. The other top players in the …

Grubhub and Chick-fil-A are upping the mobile ordering experience

With increased availability and popularity in mobile ordering, has come increased usage and order volumes – a challenge that Grubhub and Chick-fil-A have faced head on. Mobile ordering has become nearly ubiquitous on college campuses in recent years, with more universities adding the service to its portfolio than ever before. Grubhub is a giant in …

SeeLevel HX Unveils Its Third, 3rd-Party Delivery Satisfaction Survey

Because everything in the restaurant universe seems like a roll of the dice these days, SeeLevel HX’s title for its FODC presentation on its latest survey, “Are you gambling on your customers?”, seems apropos. Vice President of Operations and Partner Donna Goodwin gave an overview of the survey results along with moderator Nicholas Upton, news …