Restaurants turn to courier apps to stay alive
Restaurants say that during the pandemic, delivery companies like Grubhub have taken a devastating portion of their profits. If these small businesses want to stay open, some say, they can no longer stomach partnering with third-party delivery apps.
In a viral Facebook post last year, Giuseppe Badalamenti — the owner of Chicago Pizza Boss — posted a photo of a restaurant’s invoice from food delivery app Grubhub. During the month of March, the restaurant brought in over $1,042.63 worth of orders, but Grubhub took a 64% cut, leaving his restaurant with only $376.54.
Badalamenti wrote in his post, “Stop believing you are supporting your community by ordering from a 3rd party delivery company.” He added, in an interview with TODAY food, “Restaurants have been suffering in silence.”
Over the course of the pandemic, one in six U.S. restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good, and almost 90% of restaurants have reported a significant drop in sales. And while restaurants suffer, food delivery apps have raked in the profits. During the pandemic, revenues for Doordash, Uber Eats, Grubhub and Postmates have more than doubled.
So how can you order food safely, without taking profits away from your favorite small businesses?
We created GETCHO to give you a way to support small businesses without cutting into their bottom line. GETCHO is a local delivery app that helps you move anything within your city — including takeout meals.
We partner with medium and small businesses to help them compete with the biggest online retailers. And unlike other delivery services, GETCHO doesn’t take a cut of their profits.
Here’s how it works: Book a curbside pickup or takeout order from your favorite local restaurant, then order a GETCHO courier to pick up your food at the designated time.
Your restaurant gets to keep 100% of what you pay for the food, and you’ll pay GETCHO a transparent, flat delivery fee that goes directly to our dispatcher and courier.
The Michelin-starred team at El Ideas decided to partner with GETCHO to keep their business in action.
“A zero-profit sale means we don’t make rent, payroll, the group health insurance premium, or groceries to feed our kids, while committing to covering the payroll for that sale,” writes El Ideas director of operations Akiko Moormam. “Doing right by our staff means we can‘t do delivery in order to continue to try to earn the money to continue their employment and healthcare. We need to partner with our customers and courier services is how we do that.”
Read more about their experience using GETCHO in Eater Chicago.
Our priority is helping small businesses stay afloat while keeping employees — and customers like you — safe.
Support your favorite local business and place an order with getcho.app today.