If you are into a food business, there is no reason to tell you the growing demand for online orders and food delivery apps like Grubhub, Uber Eats and Doordash. Amidst pandemic, the industry has observed a positive surge in food mobile app development services, and now it has become a need for other food delivery companies to have a reliable mobile app.
The transition of offline dining to online food orders in the recent time, is a positive trend. Busy or less social people can use the benefit, and get the food from their favorite restaurants at home. If we talk about the business module of these top food ordering apps (Uber Eats, GrubHub, Doordash); interestingly, we’ll find that they don’t even own a single restaurant but are involved as a communicator between the restaurant and consumers.
Yes, you read it correctly!
With technology, anyone with a good business idea and effective food delivery application can be a part of the top food delivery mobile app list; certainly, there are some other business components involved in it.
Not only for the top business groups, but a mobile app is also an effective tool for restaurants and other food chains, to take their business to the next level. It adds another option for the consumers to order their food. In the modern time, consumers prefer to order online than contacting the food services over the phone or waiting in queues.
So, how does a Food Delivery App like GrubHub, Uber Eats & Doordash work?
If we look into the business module of most of these food delivery apps, we find that they have 2 different mobile app services; one for the food chain/consumers and other for the delivery agent.
1) Consumers can find all the restaurant partners associated in the app.
2) It also handles delivery for food chains that don’t have delivery services; using their own logistics.
Top Features of Food Ordering App:
– Advanced search (food items and location)
– Real-time order tracking
– Refund facility
– Order history
– Help and support
Let’s learn about the Food Delivery App Development Below:
To develop a food delivery app like Doordash, and becoming a reliable choice among consumers takes more than just copying the existing mobile app interface and features. In this blog, we will precisely explain the different steps involved to develop an on-demand food delivery app; let’s check them below:
STEP 1: Know the Industry trend
There are different elements that we can implement in our food ordering and delivery mobile app. Fortunately, due to the existence of Uber Eats, GrubHub, Doordash and other companies, our job becomes easy. Also, if we closely examine all these apps, there are many similarities that we can observe.
To compete and stay alive in the industry totally depends on our clients. Consequently, we need to offer an advanced, user-friendly and comfortable end product to our users. For instance, if the users find it challenging to order food from our mobile app, they will stop using it. Similarly, we need to be active with our other mobile app features, and maintain simple and easy-to-use UI/UX.
STEP 2: Selecting food delivery services
Basically, there are two delivery models that food businesses adopt to effectively run their operations. They can either opt for only orders or manage both order and delivery. Hence, The first service only manages orders from customers and notify the restaurants, whereas the latter takes orders from clients, notify the restaurant to prepare it, and lastly delivers the food to the clients; using their own carrier. The company engaged with order and delivery creates high revenue due to increased commission rate.
STEP 3: Market research
From any business point of view, we cannot launch any product without proper market research. We need to know our users precisely before offering our services to them. Our goal should be to build a mobile application that supports the consumers’ needs.
To conduct such a thorough market research, we can start with some basic questions:
1) How the app will solve client’s problems
2) What’s the USP, so users select us over our competitors
3) Is there any specific target audience (location, gender, age groups etc.)
STEP 4: Mobile app features
Mobile app attributes and features are the intrinsic elements that make our app fruitful in the market. There are some basic features that we cannot ignore while considering a food ordering and delivery mobile app:
1) Dedicated user account
2) Food and restaurant in-app search
3) Order placing and checkout
4) Order tracking
5) Notifications for attractive offers and deals
7) Restaurant status (open or closed for orders)
8) Verified restaurant reviews and feedback
Apart from the above listed features, we can add some other special characteristics, which vary from company to company.
STEP 5: Food Delivery Application Technology and Platform
There are different popular mobile platforms that are used to launch disparate mobile applications. Generally, companies trust the Android and iOS platform. You can even start with one platform or launch the mobile app on both app stores simultaneously. Accordingly, there are different technologies that we can use to build a mobile application such as native and hybrid apps.
Similarly, for each feature, there are different technologies that we can use:
– Restaurant listing: Grubhub API, FourSquare API
– Payment gateway: PayPal, BrainTree, Square API etc.
– Location: Google maps, Core location framework, Google places API
– Notifications: Urban Airship, Amazon SNS, Firebase Cloud Messaging
We hope that this blog will certainly help you in building an effective food delivery mobile application. In addition, based on the complexity and features of the mobile app, the app developers use the respective platforms.
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