There was a time when people invited friends and family over to their place to enjoy home-cooked meals and spend some quality time together. That trend slowly transitioned towards going to a restaurant. Everyone has a favorite restaurant where they love to dine. It is safe to state that people’s favorite restaurant has seen a fair share of their bonding with friends and family members. It is also a significant part of all their laughter and tears. Some of the most cherished memories and unforgettable moments take place in their favorite restaurants. Sometimes, people’s bond with their favorite location becomes so strong that sometimes they feel like it is their restaurant. Many people start referring to their favorite restaurant as “my restaurant.”
Yes, restaurants have slowly and evidently become a significant part of everyone’s lives. Yet, it does not mean that people cannot spend some quality time with their loved ones while having delicious food from their favorite place. Why cook when one can order it directly from their favorite restaurant? While takeaways are a great option to eat delicious meals at home, it is not worth the effort to go to the restaurant and return with the baggage. In the extremely demanding modern world, where every second is precious, everyone is better off saving time than wasting it by commuting. So, if anyone would be willing to drive all the way to the restaurant, they would rather dine in there as it saves time. It is an obviously significant dilemma for many people.
The inventors have come up with a remarkable solution to help resolve the issue. As they work in the world of mobile app development, they have quickly developed food delivery apps that do the job. Of course, the days of dealing with a rude host at a restaurant, or maybe someone having a bad day are over. Nobody needs to stand in the long queue to be able to get a seat and dine with their loved ones. No one needs to call for reservations to get their meal. All they have to do is install a simple app on their smartphone, and order through it. Once they do that, they will have their mouth-watering meal at their doorstep. In recent times, the world has seen a substantial surge in the use of food delivery apps.
If anyone monitors the number of downloads from both the App Store (iOS) and Play Store (Android), it can be seen that downloads are increasing each day. Moreover, the newer apps are hitting the market each month to capitalize on the growing market. Food delivery apps are the marquee business in the online world today. Here is a compilation of ten of the most successful food delivery apps of 2021 below:
Top 10 Successful Online Food Delivery App in 2021 at a glance:
1. Uber Eats
The San Francisco-based world-renowned American technological company, Uber, launched its subsidiary Uber Eats in 2014. It is one of the standalone delivery apps of Uber. The app is available in 24 nations across 500+ cities, and it is constantly growing its presence globally. The app charges 15% of an order’s subtotal as a service fee. It also collects smaller orders for a fee of $10 usually. However, the fees vary depending on the location of the delivery point and where the restaurant is situated. Obviously, the users can utilize their existing Uber account to get great affordable options from nearby diners and cafes. It is available on both iOS and Android.
The Chicago-based American company GrubHub is one of the oldest home delivery apps in the market today. It started its venture in 2004 and currently has 19.9 million active users on its platform. As per data collected in 2019, the company operates in 3200 cities in 50 states of the United States of America. It also has associated with 115,000 restaurants to ease its operations. With the purchase of GrubHub by the Anglo-Dutch company Just Eat Takeaway in May 2020, it became the largest online food delivery app service in the world outside China. It is available on both Android and iOS. While the app is free to use, some restaurants have a minimum order amount and charge delivery fees.
Another San Francisco based company on the list is DoorDash. Although it set its foot in the market about eight years ago, the online restaurant home delivery service currently holds over 56% market share in the United States of America (USA). As such, it is the largest food delivery company operating in the USA. The company presently operates in the USA, Canada, and Australia. Even though it is marketed as a free-to-use application on smartphones, the restaurants charge the cost of the meal, tax, delivery fee, and a tip (which is optional). DoorDash is available on both iOS and Android.
The San Francisco-based company Postmates is an unusually special entrant on the list. As per Reuters, the company operates in 2940 cities across the USA. Their app can be used to get anything and everything at the user’s doorstep. They deliver groceries, food, and alcohol from over 100,000 retail shops. A fee is included with every order made through the app, and steeper prices are charged during peak hours. Its extraordinary services and exemplary delivery times have helped it achieve over $1 billion in revenue in 2018. Due to the remarkable levels of profitability, it was sold to the global tech giants Uber for $2.65 billion on 1st December 2020. Even though Uber operates its Uber Eats services, it did not merge Postmates with it yet. Both are being independently operated. The marvellous app is available on Android and iOS.
Not all food delivery apps mean cooked meals from restaurants. The American company of Indian origins operates a grocery delivery and pickup service exclusively in the USA and Canada. The CEO of the company, who is a former Amazon, Blackberry, and Qualcomm employee, was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 in 2013, a year after launching the company. The amazing app allows the users to shop online and have their groceries delivered to them within an hour from their neighbourhood stores. Most prices vary from retailer to retailer, while some retailers charge a flat rate to cover their service costs. The Instacart application is available across both iOS and Android.
The American limited liability company Delivery.com was established in 1995 by Jed Kleckner, who is the current CEO of the company. The remarkable food home delivery app operates exclusively in over 2400+ cities in the United States, with over 19,000+ merchants supporting them. Although it had expanded its operations in Hong Kong in 2014, it quickly sold its assets there to FoodPanda two years later. Presently, the app has more than 3 million active users because of the wide array of services it provides. Its services include groceries, meals, and alcohol, as well as dry cleaning services. Similar to other apps on the list, Delivery.com does not charge a fee to use the app at all. It is available on iOS and Android.
The Philadelphia based American company GoPuff was established in 2013 by Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola, who were students of Drexel University. It is financed by the Japanese multinationals SoftBank Group. Primarily, the app is used to get items the users would find in the nearby convenience stores, such as drinks, snacks, household items, etc. Although the company operates in 650+ in the USA, it is gradually and dominantly growing its presence in the market. According to a CNBC report this year, the company is valued at $8.9 billion. The commendable app charges a flat delivery rate of $1.95 every time. No more, no less. The application is available on Android and iOS
Yet another San Francisco based company on the list is Eat 24. Yelp is an American company that operates an online directory for local businesses in the United States. It also provides crowd-sourced reviews and table reservation services. As such, it acquired Eat 24 in early February 2015 for $134 million. Later, Yelp sold their newly acquired company to GrubHub in 2017 for more than double the price it had paid, i.e., $287.5 million. Needless to say, Eat 24 initially operated separately and was available on Android and iOS. It also shared its resources and technologies with GrubHub. However, recent reports suggest that users have to use their GrubHub account to make the orders. It seems they are slowly integrating the two applications into one.
The official name of the company is Seamless North American LLC. It is one of the many online food home delivery apps. It boasts 4.25 stars out of 5 on influenster.com with over 500 reviews. It also rated 4.8/5 with 421.8K user ratings on Apple Store, and 4.5/5 with 54,996 reviews on Google PlayStore. Judging by its immense popularity and preferable ratings, anyone can effortlessly comprehend the prowess of the app and its service. With the announcement in May 2013, Seamless and Grubhub completed their merger in early August 2013. Ever since then, they have been operating separately while sharing their resources, technologies, and merchants.
10. Food Panda
The world-renowned German online grocery and food delivery platform Food Panda is owned by the European multinational Delivery Hero. Originally founded in Singapore in 2013 by Rico Wyder and Lukas Nagel, they sold the company to the Germans in 2016. The Germans financed the acquisition by issuing shares after they valued their company at $3.05 billion. Although Food Panda exclusively operated in Asia, it expanded its operation in South-Eastern Europe by setting up its services in Romania and Bulgaria. It also operates in Western Europe in Germany. The easy to use and completely free app has variants in both iOS and Android. The prices charged through Food Panda vary from restaurant to restaurant.
With newer start-ups swiftly entering the market, it is safe that the online food delivery app business is an ever-growing marketplace. The increased competition is likely to bring significant benefits to the consumers. The online platforms will be striving to gain a loyal customer base by delivering products on time, offering discounts, loyalty bonuses, etc. All of this will make food more affordable for all. However, the most significant challenge for the newer businesses will be the mountainous obstacle to survive and thrive in the heavily competitive market. That being said, whatever app the users choose to use for their next home delivery, may they all have a memorable experience with the app and the food.