Domino’s and Ford Begin Autonomous Pizza Deliveries

Domino’s and Ford Begin Autonomous Pizza Deliveries

By Tom Kaiser It’s here, mass-market pizzas delivered by a fully autonomous car thanks to a home-state partnership between Domino’s and Ford. While it’s only up and running with one car in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it’s a significant mile marker for both the automotive and...
How to do Mail Order Right

How to do Mail Order Right

By Nick Upton After reading up on research, it might be easy to write off mail-order food completely as an expensive way to get sick. But while the industry as a whole has some work to do, the industry is completely safe when consumers and companies take a thoughtful...
Study Uncovers ‘Shocking’ Problems With Mail-Order Meat

Study Uncovers ‘Shocking’ Problems With Mail-Order Meat

By Nick Upton Every few weeks during my summers growing up in Rochester, Minnesota, a beat-up red truck would idle down the street. The driver was looking for people out enjoying the weather. He would nod or wave and crunch onto the gravel driveway with a big smile....
Why Subscription Meal-kits Can’t Keep Mixing It Up

Why Subscription Meal-kits Can’t Keep Mixing It Up

By Nancy Weingartner Monroe This is a short story because I have a short attention span — and although I am not a millennial, I like to love new products and leave them. I fell in love with Daily Harvest’s cute website and offer of health. I liked that unlike Green...
Retailers Scramble to Break into Meal Kit Industry

Retailers Scramble to Break into Meal Kit Industry

By Alex Van Abbema In an effort to compete with Amazon, which is prepped to become a fierce competitor in the meal kit industry after its acquisition of Whole Foods in August, retailers are scrambling to add their own offerings through acquisitions and new product...

Food On Demand Briefs – October 2017

Here Comes the Wal-Mart Drone Ship Patent sleuths at CB Insights have found a series of intriguing patents that show Walmart’s idea of the on-demand future of retail. A whole slew of in-store technology are to increase the efficiency of stocking and tracking products,...
Are third-party services also delivering liability?

Are third-party services also delivering liability?

By Laura Michaels Delivery to your doorstep is the epitome of convenience, and because convenience is a top reason people visit restaurants in the first place, operators are hustling to incorporate delivery into their business. But amid the enticing profit potential...
GrubHub Gobbles Up Yelp’s Eat24

GrubHub Gobbles Up Yelp’s Eat24

By Tom Kaiser After forking over for Foodler in June, Grubhub purchased Eat24 from Yelp for $287.5 million, further solidifying its status as the leading provider of third-party food delivery. Investors celebrated Grubhub’s soon-to-be expanded menu and possibilities...
FOD Test Drives Delivery Service for Not-for-Profit

FOD Test Drives Delivery Service for Not-for-Profit

By Nancy Weingartner Monroe As a past-her-middle-age woman, I am not the typical meal-delivery driver. But I do have two of the primary skill sets needed for this task: I have a reliable car and a good attitude. And I care how people rate me. The downside is that I am...