We all love a takeaway, and the rise of food delivery service platforms means getting a decent takeaway in 2018 has never been easier.
Food delivery app platforms like UberEATS, and Deliveroo have led a new food experience since its arrival. Their success highlights the huge demand for restaurant-quality meals, delivered directly to your home with only the lift of a finger.
Take-aways & Technology
The takeaway sector was worth an estimated £ 9.7 bn to the UK economy in 2017, which is predicted to grow massively with the development of already-established online delivery platforms and the emergence of new food tech companies.
People are increasingly moving their lives online and that includes how they order food.
We want wide choice, the ability to compare prices to find the best deal, and the option to order from the comfort of our own homes
Sites like Just Eat have dominated the online food delivery space for over 10 years, but delivery-only firms like Deliveroo and UberEATS are now shaking things up.
The rise of Deliveroo
Launched in February 2013, Deliveroo came from co-founder Will Shu’s move from New York and his dissatisfaction with the food delivery culture in London. He came up with the idea to develop a service focused on delivery experience and premium-quality food.
Deliveroo seeks to bridge the gap between restaurant and consumer, enabling food outlets that don’t offer their own delivery service to get their food to customers’ doors. Its revenue model is simple – it charges the customer for delivery, plus earns commission from restaurant partners.
While Deliveroo wasn’t an overnight success, the company now claims they are increasing the number of users by 25% every month. The firm has also kept up with innovations, introducing several additional services, including alcohol delivery and express lunches.
Deliveroo now works with hundreds of restaurants across the UK, and also has a strong presence in Europe, America, Dubai and Australasia.
In June 2016, the brains behind taxi app Uber launched UberEATS, pairing with restaurants to create a new food delivery platform to rival Deliveroo. Originally only available in Central London, Zone 1, the company has now expanded to more UK locations, and now offers it’s services across the globe.
Since their launch they have quadrupled the number of couriers on the roads, highlighting the huge demand for their services.
What’s in store for the future?
UberEATS and Deliveroo are disrupting the food delivery industry in the same way Uber and Airbnb have disrupted the traditional business models of taxi firms and hotels.
The emergence of these third-party delivery companies helps independent restaurants grow their business, as well as forcing them to innovate their ordering online process.
Companies that are doing this successfully are seeing a strong growth in their sales, with the number of food orders placed online steadily increasing. This trend is only expected to grow in the upcoming years.
All of these changes are possible only through technological advances. Technology will continue to propel the industry forward, with foodservice outlets now at the mercy of third party delivery companies.
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