In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it only makes sense that takeaway and shipping of all types of Emerald City maggots has increased significantly in the past six months.
Among a variety of grocery delivery apps, local restaurants partner with delivery services to get the job done.
However, food delivery apps don’t always bring the best income to local restaurants and businesses trying to stay afloat.
In fact, Seattle recently set an emergency ceiling of 15% commission on grocery delivery apps. Additionally, 100% of the tips from apps like GrubHub must be returned directly to the delivery drivers.
“Unfortunately, some third-party delivery services charge excessive commission fees, adding to the financial plight of many restaurants,” Mayor Durkan said in a statement. “This commission cap will be essential to ensure that delivery and take-out remain viable options and do not create increased financial difficulties.”
Even so, many restaurants are looking for alternatives to oppose grocery delivery apps and high commissions.
Recently, the on-demand grocery delivery app called Runner has emerged as a front runner when it comes to helping local restaurants and businesses do this.
Now Runner has developed a reverse pricing platform that allows restaurants to keep 100% of the purchase price.
“The high commissions that apps charge for delivering groceries to restaurants are a real problem,” said Ryan Schauss, chief revenue officer. “On-demand delivery isn’t going away and restaurants are really suffering from the predatory pricing models.”
In addition to a 100% return of the purchase price to local restaurants, the drivers can set their own hourly rate.
“We pay on time, not at a distance,” said Schauss. “This motivates the drivers to offer better customer service.”
Runner offers a long list of foods, from local bites to global dishes.
“We can do all of this without charging the customer more because we share more of our profits with the restaurants and drivers,” said Schauss. “We’re basically sacrificing some of our profits for a WE economy because we know we can make up for it in a low-margin volume over the long term because of the higher value we offer customers, drivers and restaurants.”
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