No tip, no trip: ensuring delivery drivers are treated equally can preserve revenue

A new report has warned of the importance of making sure that a restaurant’s delivery drivers are treated equally and making even tips. Paytronix’s “No trip, no trip” report notes that drivers not getting their fair share of tips could become a blow to a restaurant’s bottom line through unclaimed orders. While delivery drivers have […]

Restaurants stand to gain as food delivery flourishes

By Kyle Brown As the restaurant industry recovers from the pandemic and all of its accompanying headwinds, one area has instilled hope in the hearts of many restaurateurs: third-party online food delivery. It’s a shining beacon of meaningful and sustained growth – to the tune of an expected US$24 billion in the U.S. and US$154.3 […]

DoorDash releases 2022 online ordering trends report

The restaurant industry has dramatically changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and online ordering trends such as delivery and takeout continue to see massive growth worldwide. In Canada, off-premises consumption has experienced 27 per cent year-over-year growth in same-store orders, according to DoorDash. The delivery company and Restaurants Canada have partnered up to […]

Provincial competition law needed to address the power of gig work platforms

By Vasiliki Bednar and Robin Shaban With the invention of gig-based platforms like Uber and SkipTheDishes, the gig economy has not just become an integral part of the labour industry, but also digital society as well. Along with the meteoric rise in popularity of these platforms, many of these companies have “monopsonies” in their industries. […]

Ontario establishes basic gig workers’ rights including $15 minimum wage

Ontario has announced “historic” new legislation that would see it become the first province to establish foundational employment standards for app-based gig workers, including extending to them the province’s general minimum wage of $15. The Working for Workers Act 2022 intends to boost protections for digital platform workers who offer rides or deliver food and other […]

Quick-service restaurants are shrinking — by design

Digital is the present and the future for quick-service restaurants, and many major chains are refocusing on smaller physical footprints to increase efficiencies and maximize that potential. Tim Hortons’ U.S. restaurants are getting smaller in an attempt to make the most out of a smaller space and speed up build times, said José Cil, CEO of […]

Uber Eats introduces new features for Canadian restaurants

Uber Eats has become the latest third-party aggregator to introduce new features aimed at supporting its partnership with restaurants during the ongoing pandemic. As the pandemic nears the start of its third year, restaurants continue to see pickup and delivery grow and grow as a percentage of their business, as well as a sustained growing […]

3 ways restaurants can navigate pandemic consumer behaviour

By Mike Wilson The last two years have challenged restaurants with evolving safety concerns, rules, and diner behaviour and preferences. While sales were down 29 per cent entering 2021, they’re expected to increase 21 per cent in 2022, potentially reaching pre-pandemic levels. Restaurants must continue to be nimble, responsive, and creative to survive and thrive. […]

The rising importance of multiplatform operations

The increasing prominence and profitability of off-premises dining has been a prominent accelerated shift throughout the pandemic. Now and moving forward, restaurants must realize that appealing to the multiplatform customer is vital for survival and success. Financial services company Rabobank estimates that even coming into COVID-19, off-premises sales had increased nearly four times faster than […]

Square launches on-demand delivery in Canada via DoorDash

Financial services company Square has launched on-demand delivery for orders made with Square Online in Canada via DoorDash Drive, DoorDash’s white-label fulfillment platform that powers direct delivery for any business. Canada is the first international market to offer on-demand delivery since Square Online’s U.S. launch in 2020. A Square release notes that given the challenges […]