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...
NCR Partners to Eliminate Delivery Tablets in Restaurants

NCR Partners to Eliminate Delivery Tablets in Restaurants

By Tom Kaiser A new partnership between point-of-sale giant NCR and delivery providers DoorDash and Grubhub aims to eliminate the separate tablets that have become a necessary evil for restaurants looking to add revenue through third-party delivery. For restaurants...

August News Briefs

A Visual Guide to Industry Consolidation The sheer volume of M&A activity in the Food On Demand space is somewhat staggering. And it’s not just Grubhub buying things up. A Look at the industry from CB Insights shows the incredible volume of deal activity all...
Lyft Drivers to Taco Bell: ‘You Stink’

Lyft Drivers to Taco Bell: ‘You Stink’

Lyft and Taco Bell thought they had a match made in heaven, but the partnership has been dubbed “Taco Hell” by drivers. “Taco Mode” is now a publicized option for Lyft. Customers can call participating drivers and be driven through a Taco Bell while being transported...
Denny’s Sees 2Q Lift From ‘On Demand’ Platform

Denny’s Sees 2Q Lift From ‘On Demand’ Platform

By Laura Michaels Off-premise sales gave Denny’s Corp. a boost in the second quarter, helping the brand mitigate the effects of what President and CEO John Miller called a “choppy performance” in the restaurant industry overall. During the company’s earnings call...