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Off-premise diners continue to fall for third-party apps

Tech Check: A report from DoorDash shows that the big apps are increasingly becoming consumers’ chosen method for finding and ordering food to-go.


As takeout and delivery grow, so do the options for packaging

At the National Restaurant Association Show, the container options were numerous and varied, reflecting an industry rushing to meet ever-changing consumer demands.

The steamed bun concept says it’s the first virtual brand with its own rewards offering, called Bao Bucks.

The company’s app and website crashed on Tuesday due to “unprecedented” demand during the three-hour promotion.

It’s also rolling out voice ordering and the ability to use the Eats app at sports stadiums.

Independent operators have struggled to make the model work, citing marketing challenges and the high cost of delivery.

Independent operators say the delivery-only business is more difficult than it’s cracked up to be. Their challenges have led providers to rethink their strategy.

The company is taking share from its competitors as demand for delivery remains strong.

The Bottom Line: Pizza chains are struggling to find enough drivers. They are increasingly turning to delivery services, which are not having the same problem.

Tech Check: Carryout is gaining share as delivery slows down and gets more expensive. That’s good news for restaurants.

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