May 19, 2022

Matt Cook, Publisher

Millennials continue to drive the growth of restaurant home delivery, but the cost of delivery is a challenge for the industry.  This week Uber launched pilot programs of robot delivery.  Will this be the a major step in bringing down costs and a turning point in the industry?

Meet Up at the Restaurant Show?  OnTrend Concepts will be attending the National Restaurant Show in Chicago at the end of next week. Who else will be there? We’d love to schedule a time to chat. Shoot a note to Pete Cook (pcook@ontrendconcepts.com) to set up a time. Pete will be there on Saturday (May 21), Monday (May 23), and Tuesday (May 24). We look forward to seeing you there!

The annual Ghost Kitchen and Virtual Restaurant Conference is quickly approaching!!  If you have not made your reservation yet, click here.

And now, the news…

Issue #93

Uber Eats adds voice ordering, pilots autonomous delivery

The food delivery provider rolled out several new delivery products, as well as in-stadium ordering and vouchers for events.


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Food Deliveries To Be More Efficient With Uber’s Autonomous Delivery

Uber Eats is scaling up and moving towards autonomous food delivery.


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What Does the Future of Restaurants Look Like?

For those who have survived, the future looks incredibly uncertain.


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Markets racing to meet millennials' food habits

Millennials are changing their eating habits, and the market is rapidly evolving to keep up.


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A Guide to 9 Popular Restaurant Concepts

Which restaurant concepts can you use to rise above the competition?


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How to Create a Scalable Restaurant Business Model

Many restaurant business models don't have much leeway when it comes to scalability.


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For Many Small Restaurants, Ghost Kitchens Fail to Deliver

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


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Features of Food Delivery Apps

Not many people know what should be the most important features to make their app succeed.


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How to Begin with Your Own Food Delivery App

Many firms are emerging to test the market and capitalize on the ‘demand.’


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93% of US has food delivery access, but barriers remain: report

Delivery zones are still concentrated in the country’s largest metropolitan areas.


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Ghost Financial and Maker Kitchens Launch Partnership to Provide Empathy-First Financial Services

Ghost Financial will be the preferred financial partner for insurance, cash back cards, & AI-powered expansion loans.


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Grubhub’s free lunch promotion causes chaos for New York City restaurants

Grubhub said that 6,000 orders were placed per minute, as customers faced two-plus-hour waits for their food.


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Wingstop could soon raise its own chickens

Wingstop wants to lower its food supply costs. So it's considering raising its own chickens.


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This New Pizza Chain Was Just Launched By a Grocery Delivery Company

Gopuff announced the launch of its very own freshly-prepared pizza brand called The Mean Tomato.


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Uno Pizzeria and Grill introduces new Virtual Brand, Detroit Pizza Works

Uno Pizzeria and Grill has introduced a Virtual Brand called Detroit Pizza Works which features Detroit-style pizza.


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Tony Roma’s files for trademarks to venture into Metaverse

It will enable fans to digitally immerse themselves in the premier BBQ dining experience.


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Virtual Brands Become Serious Business at O'Charley's

Its delivery-only concepts are generating the sales equivalent of five restaurants, according to CEO Craig Barber.


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The New Yorker: Hungry House, an Improvement on the Ghost Kitchen

Kristen Barnett facilitates delivery and back-end support for talented chefs and entrepreneurs.


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Kitopi raises $300 million Series C round extension

The recent fundraise brings the unicorn's post-investment valuation to $1.55 billion.


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Taiwan's JustKitchen takes on Grab in ASEAN cloud-kitchen race

Food delivery services are booming in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations amid COVID-19.


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'Impossible to survive': Dubai food delivery riders go on strike

Food delivery drivers have staged rare strikes in Dubai.


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