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 […]

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 […]

Restaurants can learn from the pizza chain delivery model

Restaurants and operators must be careful not to cede control over customer loyalty as off-premises consumption becomes the norm.