Restaurant owners want caps on food delivery apps fees beyond pandemic

By Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press Restaurant owners say food delivery apps have taken too big a bite out of their revenues for too long. Food delivery apps were forced to implement lower fees when dine-in service was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and restaurants say the change should be made permanent if they are […]

Digital takeout orders predictably soar during pandemic

It will come as little surprise to most that the number of digital takeout orders has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. But new research from the NDP Group has lifted the lid on just how big the spike has been. Digital ordering was a life-saving avenue for many restaurants and foodservice operators across North America […]

How to promote your restaurant’s online ordering app

By Jessica Zekry The pandemic has forced restaurants and consumers alike to change their behaviours overnight. Online ordering was a growing trend for several years until it became the only way to keep restaurants afloat and diners served. The value and utility that this service offers has certainly allowed it to make its way into […]

DoorDash offers local U.S. restaurants choice with new tiered commission fees

Under the spotlight that has been placed on delivery companies, DoorDash has overhauled its model. By Tom Nightingale Third-party delivery has been a topic of intense debate in recent months. Now, DoorDash has shifted its system to reflect that. With local restaurants struggling desperately across North America due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ethics of […]

Restaurants, delivery apps still at odds as demand grows

By Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Diners got used to delivery during the pandemic, and the habit may stick long after dining rooms reopen. But restaurants and delivery companies remain uneasy partners, haggling over fees and struggling to make the service profitable for themselves and each other. Companies like DoorDash and UberEats helped many restaurants […]

Governments must work with restaurants on no-fee delivery app

By Mischa Young To say it’s been a rough year for the restaurant industry is an understatement. Restaurants across Canada have suffered immensely from stay-at-home orders, strict in-person seating capacity restrictions, and other lockdown measures induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten per cent of Canada’s independent restaurants have already permanently shut down in light of […]

Saskatchewan latest province to cap delivery fees

Amid widespread debate on the issue during the pandemic, caps on third-party delivery fees are being implemented in an increasing number of Canadian provinces in response to COVID-19. Saskatchewan is the latest province to make the move, capping delivery fees charged to restaurants by third-party apps until the end of April under The Emergency Planning Act. […]

Quebec temporarily caps 3rd-party delivery fees

The province’s government has acted amid a fierce debate across the province and beyond. By Tom Nightingale The Quebec provincial government has unanimously adopted legislation that temporarily caps large-scale third-party delivery fees in the province while indoor dining remains closed. The new temporary law, Bill 87, caps the commissions charged to restaurants by delivery platforms […]

The dichotomy of third-party delivery services

The debate around third-party delivery apps is intensifying amid the economic impacts of COVID-19 By Tom Nightingale For the foodservice businesses and restaurants that have been able to survive the last 12 months of COVID-19 pandemic, keeping up with the fast rate of change has been vital. In particular, operators across the country have had […]

SkipTheDishes receives backlash for B.C. surcharge

Delivery platform SkipTheDishes has courted controversy in British Columbia by introducing a new B.C. surcharge on orders in response to the province’s temporary cap on third-party delivery services’ fees. The temporary 15-per-cent cap on the fees that delivery services can charge restaurants went into effect on December 22 in what the provincial government described as […]