Modern times have brought a lot of the hustle and bustle to the world; however, no one can deny that they also haven’t simplified some things. One of them revolves around food delivery. When you are too lazy to cook or are flooded with work, this is certainly one of the best options.
Fortunately, with one simple swipe of your finger, you’ll be able to order anything your heart desires. There are so many websites and applications on the market made to ease our lives when it comes to this.
Of course, cooking at home is always a healthier and more affordable option, but sometimes, when you just do not have a lot of time on your hands, ordering food is more convenient. So how did this type of service manage to conquer the world so quickly? What do we know about it? Let’s find out together!
The Evolution Of Food Delivery Services
1) Going Back To 1889
Before we start focusing on modern times, let’s go back to 1889 when everything started. Namely, King Umberto 1 hired a reputable chef from Naples to make three different pizzas for him and his wife Queen Margherita of Savoy.
This renowned chef accepted the order and delivered these pizzas to them. Even though this attempt was more than successful (he later named Margherita pizza after the queen), no one could have ever predicted that this type of service would turn into one of the most profitable industries in the universe.
At first, the online food delivery system wasn’t perceived as lucrative and promising, however, in the past couple of years, it has become insanely popular, and nowadays, it’s difficult to find a country that doesn’t have this type of service or people (especially millennials) who are not addicted to food delivery applications.
2) Why Is It So Popular?
It’s because this type of service has enabled us to get what we want without wasting too much time and effort. Plus, there are a bunch of websites and companies where you can come across very tempting discounts and coupons. That’s one of the reasons people easily turn to food delivery.
Another great thing about it is the fact that nowadays you have numerous toll-free phone numbers which means that you do not have to pay a certain amount of money when you are ordering.
Besides that, something that has definitely placed the food delivery business in the spotlight is food delivery applications, such as FoodPanda, Folo, GrabFood, and many others. What else makes food delivery so appealing?
The answer is simple. Everything revolves around customers. With just one phone call, or click the food is going to be delivered directly to their doorstep. Now, according to some statistics, one of the biggest reasons people opt for it is the speed.
Usually, they are not forced to wait more than sixty minutes, plus when they are tired from all the work and tasks they experience throughout the day, nothing pleases them more than a meal they can order from the comfort of their own home.
And Let’s Not Forget This
1) A Variety Of Different Payment Options
People who choose food delivery applications, instead of food delivery websites can usually expect fixed pricing. Many food delivery apps like FoodPanda offer fixed prices for delivering food from one location to another.
Sometimes the delivery fee is free of charge, and at times, it isn’t. It all depends on the restaurant, and food delivery system. What’s definitely very appealing to the consumers is the variety of payment options.
Namely, they can choose to pay by using a credit or debit card, through online banking, or upon delivery. When it comes to the mobile food business, the fixed pricing can be paid in advance by using credit cards or contactless payment in the nearest future.
2) How Does It All Work?
Most users will tell you that ordering food is one of the easiest things to do, but is it that easy behind the scenes? Definitely not! There’s a whole process behind getting your food delivered to your house or office.
So, what do we know about it? There are two common models into which this delivery system is divided and we are talking about the aggregators and the delivery providers. The aggregators represent the food ordering companies that arrange everything with the vendors.
Once everything is settled, they showcase their listings on their platforms. Once they receive orders from the consumers they channel them to the featured places on their list. What about delivery providers?
They represent various teams that are joined together via applications that were specially developed for receiving orders. Once the order is made and routed to a certain restaurant, the delivery team must bring the food to the customer.
3) Ghost Restaurants
This term may seem a bit strange to those who don’t know what it represents. Namely, they are also known as digital restaurants or delivery-only places. Furthermore, these types of places have emerged simply out of sheer competition.
They simply wanted to offer something different to people. Instead of having traditional restaurants where you can dine-in or pick the food you’ve ordered, ghost restaurants offer only food through delivery.
They do not have any areas where you can eat and their main focus is on food preparation and meeting the needs of their consumers. This alternative appears to be way more practical and cost-effective to the owners.
As it was already mentioned in the beginning, the world is smitten by various food delivery services and for the time being, (according to some statistics) this sector stands at more than ninety-five billion US dollars.
This just shows that this industry is surely on the rise and offers amazing opportunities to those who are still having second thoughts when it comes to starting their own online food delivery and ordering business.
Of course, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t any room for improvement. On the contrary. But based on what we’ve found and written, it seems like the world is certainly open to some brand-new, innovative ideas.