A Surge in Food Delivery
During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, many consumers opted to have their food delivered as opposed to dining in. However, now that normalcy has returned, many Americans are finding their way back to the dining scene.
With most of the concerns of Corona behind us, restaurants are also getting back to normal. However, the plague of delivery service fees still proves difficult for countless restauranteurs.
Admittedly, food delivery fees can be a bit confusing. Need more clarity?
Continue below for a breakdown of merchant delivery fees, how you can avoid them, and if this service is worthwhile for your business.
Food Delivery Costs
Most delivery platforms have resource pages for interested merchants on which they list costs and fees transparently. However, some restaurant owners claim that certain fees are “hidden” and only appear on the final billing statement. What an unpleasant surprise.
Fortunately, we’ve done the dirty work for you and collected the most common fees of the top delivery platforms in the US. Get the breakdown below!
How to Avoid High Service Fees
Have fees left you feeling frustrated? Check out a few ways you can avoid or mitigate fees below.
Are Food Delivery Services Worthwhile?
Delivery apps are great for increasing exposure. However, if you operate a small business, its cost may exceed your profits, leaving you in the red.
According to the National Restaurant Association, the average pre-tax profit for restaurants is approximately five percent. They also add that “significant cost increases are not sustainable for most restaurants.”
Consequently, there’s not much room for additional expenses, so, it depends on your marketing budget. If you have a more conservative budget, you’ll want to explore other options for growth.
Consider partnering with Dinefits. We help restaurants maintain a steady flow of foot traffic.
Look here for more information on how Dinefits can improve your bottom line!
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Perri, J. (2023, March 14). Which company is winning the restaurant Food Delivery War? Bloomberg Second Measure. Retrieved April 7, 2023, from https://secondmeasure.com/datapoints/food-delivery-services-grubhub-uber-eats-doordash-postmates/
Statista Research Department. (2022, October 17). Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) : Impact on restaurant food delivery in the U.S. Statista. Retrieved April 7, 2023, from https://www.statista.com/topics/9996/coronavirus-covid-19-impact-on-restaurant-food-delivery-in-the-us/#topicOverview