Tag Archives: food delivery

Amazon Is Quietly Seizing Control of Booze Delivery Now, Too

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s tentacles are extending even further into booze delivery, a realm known for giving almost every would-be “disrupter” a headache, thanks to all the legal and logistical problems associated with shipping alcohol. Just to scratch the surface: USPS won’t deliver at all, and UPS and FedEx will, but only …

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Domino’s Is Testing Driverless Cars That Make Door Delivery Your Problem

Source: Grub Street NY

No reason for alarm or anything, but today Domino’s says it’s putting the first driverless delivery cars on America’s roads. It’s starting things off slowly — it partnered with the autonomous-vehicle team at Ford Motor Company to see if customers even “like the idea.” For their joint test, …

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Food Couriers Say Delivery Services Are Screwing Them Out of Pay

Source: Grub Street NY

Food couriers’ jobs aren’t tough just because they’re schlepping soup around in torrential rainstorms and 12 inches of snow — they’re also generally working as independent contractors à la Uber drivers and other gig-economy workers, meaning their employer legally owes them almost nothing (hourly pay, yes; but forget health or …

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Get Tibetan Food Delivered From This Immigrant-Driven DC Startup

Source: Washingtonian Food

Ever since Georgetown MBA graduate Noobstaa Philip Vang launched the food delivery service Foodhini in October of last year, Washingtonians have been able to get Syrian and Lao food cooked by first-generation immigrants delivered straight to their front doors. Now you can add Tibetan food to that list.  Starting today, Dorjee Tsering, a Tibetan refugee and […]

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GrubHub Is Buying Yelp’s Food-Delivery Platform for $288 Million

Source: Grub Street NY

Another day, yet another major food-industry merger: GrubHub has gobbled up Eat24, Yelp’s delivery service for restaurants. The delivery giant paid a lot more than Yelp did when it bought the company just two years ago, too. The all-cash deal is worth $288 million, reports say, which is …

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Delivery Guy Leaves Note Threatening to Rob Customer Who Didn’t Tip

Source: Grub Street NY

If the biggest problem with your next pizza order is that the pie has become a mangled wad of cheese and pepperoni in one corner of the box, maybe consider yourself lucky? Los Angeles resident Lauren Ledford says she ordered a pizza last week off the Postmates app, but accidentally …

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Olive Garden’s Parent Company Warns It’s Testing Amazon Deliveries, Too

Source: Grub Street NY

Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants announced today that, like all businesses hoping to exist in the year 2025, it’s decided to partner up with Amazon. CEO Gene Lee dropped the news in an earnings call, although he didn’t really give any specifics outside of confirming that they …

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Food Delivery Robots Officially Roll Out In DC Today

Source: Washingtonian Food

The first fleet of delivery robots officially rolls out in DC today after two weeks of testing. Starship Technologies teamed up with San Francisco-based delivery company Postmates for the launch, the first in the US. Initially a group of around 20 bots will make short deliveries—mostly under a mile—in the Georgetown and 14th Street corridor, […]

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Domino’s Customer Gets Pizza Order Offering MDMA, Cocaine, and ‘Much More’

Source: Grub Street NY

Domino’s R&D team has really been going for the convenience factor lately, whether that’s push-for-pizza buttons or delivery cars with their own ovens, but this probably goes a bit too far: A paper in Liverpool, England, reports that a customer alerted city authorities on …

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A Complete Ranking of New York’s Food Delivery Services

Source: Grub Street NY

Welcome to the Golden Age of Food Delivery. There are more companies than ever dedicated to making sure you can eat New York City’s finest foods while sitting on the sofa in your pajamas. Apps and tech innovations seem to arrive every day — but which food-delivery service is best? …

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Munchery Is the Latest Food-Delivery Start-up to Admit to Struggling

Source: Grub Street NY

Delivery start-ups were supposed to be the food world’s salvation, but so far it hasn’t worked out that way. Chef-driven Munchery has laid off 30 employees in San Francisco, a move that follows reports it’s faced difficulty becoming profitable and thrown away millions of …

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New Report Says Maple Lost Money on the Meals It Delivered in 2015

Source: Grub Street NY

As operators deal with the ever-rising costs of running brick-and-mortar restaurants, many have presented new-look delivery services as the great hope of the food world. Manhattan-based Maple is arguably the star of the food-delivery start-up world, but it has struggled to make a buck, according to …

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A New York Food-Delivery Service Will Offer Medical Benefits to Couriers

Source: Grub Street NY

Big news today in New York’s underpaid, non-benefited food-courier world:
According to a report in the Post, one of the city’s biggest food deliverers, an outfit called Homer Logistics, will extend medical coverage and stock options to its 300-plus riders around town. Delivery people …

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GrubHub CEO Suggests Employees Who Approve of Trump’s Rhetoric Should Quit

Source: Grub Street NY

GrubHub CEO and co-founder Matt Maloney is having a doubly bad week after dashing off a companywide anti-Trump email on Wednesday that minced few words. “The antithesis of every modern presidential candidate won and will be our next president,” he informed more than 1,000 employees. In light of …

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Facebook Has Launched a Food-Delivery Service, Too

Source: Grub Street NY

Better late than never appears to be Facebook’s new motto: The social network has added a food-delivery feature that lets people order directly from restaurants’ pages, becoming roughly the 12,000th way to buy dinner online in the year 2016. Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s VP of ads …

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New York Food-Delivery Couriers Are Demanding Better Working Conditions

Source: Grub Street NY

New York City’s notoriously underpaid, accident-prone bike couriers are finally joining the growing movement of workers demanding better working conditions. Today, deliverers for UberEats, Instacart, and Postmates — all of whom work as independent contractors — are officially launching a quasi-union called …

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UberEats Ditches Instant Food Delivery Service

Source: Washingtonian Food

The days of getting your sushi burrito delivered in six minutes are over.

Just over a year after its launch, UberEats has nixed its “instant” service—in which drivers carried a limited selection of pre-prepared dishes around with them in their cars for extra speedy drop-offs. The company is instead focusing exclusively on its regular UberEats service, which features hundreds of restaurants in more neighborhoods.

According to Uber, it wasn’t that the instant service was totally unpopular, but rather that devoting all their resources to the ...

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Neiman Marcus Is Selling a $410 Frozen Pork Roast

Source: Grub Street NY

Do you need a 12-pound pork crown roast in a pinch? You better live in a penthouse or a yacht, because it’ll set you back $410 if you buy it from Neiman Marcus, but it arrives fully cooked and with three pounds of pecan dressing. Shipping is an…More »

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UberEats Expands Food Delivery Service

Source: City Paper Young & Hungry

UberEats is looking to more widely compete with the likes of GrubHub and Postmates with the expansion of its food delivery service today. In addition to its existing “instant delivery” (where drivers carry a limited number of dishes in the car so they can make drop-offs within 10 minutes), the company has launched a separate UberEats app offering pickup from about 100 different D.C. restaurants.  How it works: When you place your order, it goes directly to the restaurant (unlike, say, Postmates where a courier places the order). The restaurant will then confirm the order and set a timeline for delivery depending on how busy it is. Once the food is nearly ready, a driver is dispatched to pick it up. Some of the drivers will be Uber X drivers, while others are devoted exclusively to UberEats. …

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Not All Restaurants Are Fans of Food Delivery Services

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

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It took two months for Kangaroo Boxing Club to remove itself from Postmates’ food delivery service.

The problem? Owner Peyton Sherwood says the menus were frequently inaccurate, and people would order dishes like collard greens when they hadn’t been available for two months. Other times, he felt drivers were rude, impatient, and didn’t take enough care getting food to the customer.

At its worst, Sherwood told his servers to stop taking Postmates credit cards when couriers showed up to pick up orders. Instead, the staff would eat the food themselves or throw it out, taking a loss. Sherwood also took ...

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We ordered lunch from seven D.C. food delivery services. Here’s who fed us fastest.

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Postmates Delivery

When we’re too glued to the couch or desk to actually take out the takeout ourselves, we want it to come to us. Fast. But we’ve evolved beyond pizza. Delivery services are casting a wide net these days, bringing to your doorstep everything from sushi to barbecue to ramen to gourmet Indian fare from your favorite restaurants. The […]

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UberEats Launches Today, But Does It Deliver?

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

IMG_3605Uber launched a new food delivery service in D.C. today that promises select dishes from popular spots like Rasika and Bub and Pop’s in a mere 10 minutes. I tried UberEats out today and got my food in only seven.

Of course, it was more like 21 minutes if you count the four failed attempts I made beginning at 11:30 a.m. The app—the same used to request a car—informed me no drivers were available because “demand is off the charts.”

But on my fifth attempt, the order went through, and the driver, only a few minutes away, immediately called me to confirm ...

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New Food Delivery Services Aims to End “Sad Desk Lunch”

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Sarah Van Dell has been that office worker who’s stuck at her desk with a sad lunch. As a senior director working on health care issues at the Advisory Board Company for more than three years, she says she became addicted to work and rarely got a proper lunch break.

“You kind of give yourself these deadlines like, ‘I’m not going to leave my desk until I get this done,’ and that’s how I was,” she says. Her office became a revolving door for colleagues on her large team. “I never found a great way to eat. I put on 20 pounds ...

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Coffee? Beer? Groceries? There’s Delivery For That

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Nitin Dayao

If you’re too time-pressed for a French press, plenty of machines will brew a coffee at the push of a button. And if you don’t want a robot making your morning cup, a growing number of baristas are trained in the art of the pour-over. And if that’s too fancy, there’s always Starbucks (and the Starbucks across from the Starbucks). And if you’re not caffeinated enough to walk the three blocks, surely there’s a bored intern around?

But in case all that is just too much, there will soon be an even lazier way to get your morning buzz. For ...

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Gnaw and Order: Comparing D.C.’s Restaurant Delivery Services

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

D.C. delivery options have improved far beyond Chinese restaurants and pizza joints. The latest entrant to the delivery game, Caviar, brings Toki Underground, DGS Delicatessen, and Ping Pong Dim Sum straight to your door. I decided to take it for a test drive, along with Seamless, Grubhub, and Eat24, to see how the services stack up. For this quasiscientific experiment, all the orders took place around 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday. The restaurants I ordered from are about the same distance from my place in Logan Circle. The amount of food was roughly equal. And none of it ...

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