Home delivery is a complex undertaking, and if you're thinking about launching meal deliveries for your fry shop, sandwich bar, or restaurant, there are several important considerations to keep in mind.
Determine Your Delivery Area 📍
When it comes to deliveries, it's crucial to maintain the quality of your meals. In general, longer delivery times can result in lower meal quality. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help you maintain the quality of your meals. To start, we recommend testing a small delivery area. This allows you to quickly evaluate and make necessary adjustments.
Choose Ordering Options
How will you ensure that your customers can order their fries, sandwiches, or meals? You can opt for an existing platform such as Takeaway or Uber Eats. Another option is to allow customers to order through your own website, using a form or plugin. If you want to start quickly and inexpensively, you can choose to have orders placed over the phone.
Each platform has its advantages and disadvantages. The best choice for you depends on factors like costs, payment options, commissions, cuisine type, and more. Depending on the distance (e.g., within a 10 km radius of Ghent) or the order value, you may choose to waive delivery charges. In practice, many businesses offer free delivery for orders over €20. The average cost for a delivery is around €3-€5.
Define Your Offerings
Your delivery menu doesn't necessarily have to be the same as the menu in your establishment. Delivering hot meals is convenient for customers, but it requires considerations like the right mode of transportation and delivery area.
Some products are better suited for delivery than others. Fortunately, there are creative solutions available for packaging almost any type of meal. When engaging in delivery, you must ensure you have the proper equipment to keep food warm and transport it effectively. Invest in insulated bags and quality packaging materials.
With Unipage, you can create a separate menu specifically for takeout or delivery.
Always monitor the quality. Most complaints are related to the delivered quality of your meals.
Choose Your Mode of Transportation 🚲
When delivering many meals at once, you'll need a large carrying capacity. In such cases, a bicycle may not be practical. However, if you need to make quick deliveries within a city, a bicycle can be useful. Bike routes can often get you to customers faster. Additionally, your delivery staff won't need a driver's license.
If you have a large delivery area and need to cover greater distances, leasing a vehicle is a better option. Remember to purchase insurance for your staff to avoid any issues.
If you're looking to start online ordering and delivery, Unipage ensures that you don't need to make expensive investments to launch a webshop. Don't miss out on revenue; start your webshop with Unipage today!