Uber Eats, Postmates follow DoorDash with tiered delivery pricing structures

Uber Eats and Postmates have followed the example of DoorDash by implementing their own tiered delivery pricing structures amid a continuing conversation over the validity and morality of delivery modes during the pandemic. The two delivery services this week announced new tiered delivery pricing that sees them offer 15 per cent, 25 per cent, and […]

Delivery companies sue New York City over permanent fee cap

It’s been an incendiary issue for months now amid the struggles of the pandemic, and the issue of third-party delivery companies in foodservice is threatening to come to a head south of the border. Delivery platforms DoorDash, Uber Eats, and GrubHub are leading a lawsuit against New York City over the city’s implementation of a […]

California may let restaurants set prices on delivery platforms

A California bill is attempting to allow restaurants in the state to set menu prices on delivery platforms. San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s AB 286 would allow restaurants to set the price of food and drink sold through delivery aggregators. It would also require food delivery companies to provide customers and restaurants with itemized cost breakdowns of third-party […]

The lasting changes and passing fads of COVID-19

By Mark Plumlee COVID-19 brought massive, sweeping changes to the restaurant industry. Now, with the vaccine rollout well underway and provinces continuing to reopen their restaurants, one giant question remains unanswered. Looking at some of the many shifts restaurant operations have seen over the past year, which ones will turn out to be passing fads? […]

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 […]

Optimizing third-party integrations: How restaurants can save money

By Mo Chaar Varying stages of lockdowns across the country have restaurants nationwide optimizing online ordering and delivery in an effort to maintain service despite ongoing dining bans. While the restaurant industry has relied heavily on these services during the pandemic, after a year of primarily takeout and delivery, restaurants are feeling the weight of […]

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 […]