The food delivery service can be broken down into 2 key types. The first model is termed an aggregator and functions as the man in the middle by taking orders and passing them onto the restaurant or takeaway. How food is actually delivered will depend on the food provider.
The second model accepts orders, but also takes full responsibility for the actual food delivery. As this requires a backend logistics system it makes it more difficult for new starts to compete and is dominated by big players like uber eats.
Both models requires the delivery person to have the correct level of food delivery insurance to provide this service.
Below we take a look at the key players in this fast growing marketplace.
Deliveroo is big in the UK and as any road trip will testify to. Deliveroo delivers food from a range of restaurant types fro local takeaways to high end restaurants. They are responsible for hiring riders that you see travellin bikes or cars delivery food at all times of the day and night.
This a global contender operating in 13 countries and growing. For delivery from fast food outlets Just Eat seems to be more popular than Deliveroo and provides more delivery options than other apps.
This a small company that was acquired by Just Eats and now operate together. Whilst Hungry House is small it still offers a choice in excess of 10,00 UK restaurants. When you need reliability and good service Hungry House takes the biscuit.
Uber are becoming ubiquitous dominating both private hire and eating into the food delivery business with Uber Eats. Launched in 2014 this arm of Uber is now the most profitable and is still expanding fast. Uber is at the technology forefront with real time tracking of your food order and a choice of delivery options that include car, bike or scooter and even by foot if the takeays is nearby or access by transport is limited.
The UK food delivery business is big and expect to see more advances in delivery modes. Inthe not too distant future a drone may be delivering your favourite takeaway.