No one likes to pick up the phone and call for delivery or take-out anymore. Instead, more and more food delivery is shifting to online ordering. The question is: Which app do you choose?
Business Insider have analyzed seven apps to see which could bring us the freshest, fastest, and cheapest lunch. There’s a lot of options out there, but after trying seven head-to-head, they’ve ranked the ones most likely to be used again.
In the US, analysts estimate that only 10% of restaurants take online orders. Having 90% of the market left to conquer has caused a gold rush of companies trying to cash in. Right now, GrubHub is the market leader in terms of ordering share. But is it really the best service?
Domino’s, GrubHub, Seamless, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Jimmy John’s, Eat24, Postmates, Doordash, Caviar, Ubereats, Caviar and Delivery.com are the most popular. Who are all these contenders? You’ve probably heard of GrubHub, which operates in more than 900 cities and owns Seamless as well as a few other smaller delivery companies.
Yelp-owned Eat24 is often the default ordering option on the reviews site, but it has a standalone app, too, so that it can serve up hot dishes in over 1,500 cities. Caviar is owned by Square, the payments company. It’s only available in about a dozen US cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area. DoorDash just celebrated its third birthday, making it the youngest independent company on this list. In that short time, it has already expanded into 26 cities around the country.
Postmates, which has raised around $130 million, specializes in on-demand delivery for lots of stuff, not just lunches. You can check out the app in about 40 cities around the US. Think Uber is just for cheap rides? Think again. Right now, its speedy food service, UberEats, is available in more than a dozen cities.
Amazon has long been a go-to place for buying pretty much everything — except hot food. Now it’s trying to change that. Its lightening-fast Now service is reserved exclusively for Prime members and includes a boatload of essential shopping items as well as restaurant delivery.
What about Ice cream? Gelato is a highly parishable frozen food and can be delivered melted unless the service is extremely efficient – and quick.
Gelato-go is currently adopting 4 of the mentioned apps for its ice cream delivery – Eat24, Grubhub, Posmates and Ubereats. Currently, the most efficient ones are definitely Postmates and Ubereats because of their integrated delivery service (which Grubhub is introducing in a few cities) but they are more expensive for the customer.
All the delivery services had to compete on total cost versus delivery time versus taste. It’s hard to do all three well! We finally decided to adopt Grubhub for our online ordering – therefore feel free to order your first Gelato batch today by clicking here. Enjoy!