How to build software for food deliveries

How to build software for food deliveries
The Siliconreview
27 May, 2021

Food ordering is getting more and more popular. However, it requires the right software. Read the article to see how to build it and help your business succeed.

Food deliveries to develop your business

If you have a local business, you may have already thought of offering a home delivery service to expand your customer base and increase your sales.

Setting up a home delivery service is not always easy. You have to go step by step to design your service. Today, home delivery is a new market that is not only reserved for the food industry. Why don't you start your home delivery adventure and boost your sales?

Before we start, we recommend that you check out Ordering Stack, an example of software created for the food ordering industry. This might be a good case study to start expanding your own business.

Establish a delivery plan

Before you dive headlong into the implementation of this new service, you need to think about an organizational action plan.

To do this, you need to think about several things:

  • the optimization of your production
  • the number of delivery people needed
  • the optimal delivery perimeter for your activity

Production optimization

Opening a delivery service for your business can bring you a new customer segment. Therefore, it is important to anticipate the possible overload of production that this can generate. For example, if you are a restaurant owner, you will have to deal with orders from home delivery in addition to your on-site and take-out orders.

This is a surplus of production and new additional work processes for your cooks. You have to optimize your production by trying to step up the pace or hiring additional staff to avoid overloading your existing staff.

However, for many restaurant owners, the problem of "preparation" is not an issue because many dishes can be prepared in advance. Other dishes do not necessarily require very complex preparations.

The number of delivery couriers

Of course, there is no delivery without couriers. So, you have to recruit them to meet the influx of your new orders. Students are generally quite fond of this type of job because they are often available. So don't hesitate to leave ads on campuses or in university newspapers.

Your delivery area

The delivery area is also an important factor to consider when you want to do home delivery. The larger the area, the more people you will reach. However, the larger your delivery area, the more delivery drivers you will need to hire because they will take longer to deliver to customers farther away from your location.

It is therefore advisable to take these factors into account and establish a large delivery area only if you can afford to hire a lot of delivery drivers.

Affiliate with a home delivery app

Nowadays, many apps such as Deliveroo, AlloResto or even UberEats offer to affiliate your business with their app. These applications are known and used a lot, ensuring you a certain visibility, thus increasing your sales potential.

However, make sure you are sufficiently prepared in advance in order to meet the influx that this connection with these new providers will generate.

An app for mobile, home delivery

There are also tools that serve as cash register applications. They enable, e.g. inventory management, automated accounting, fast cash receipts and home delivery.

Here are some of their advantages:

  • Inventory management: This includes real-time inventory tracking, margin calculation, multi-product management, product import/export, inventories and stock tracking alerts
  • Automated accounting: This software usually allows export of sales data formatted for public accounting. Save time and save your accountant time as well.
  • Statistics analysis: Such an app lets you display very precise statistics in real time on your business activity. It’s ideal, if you want to analyze your sales figures to optimize your business and make good decisions
  • Offline mode: cash register software allows you to stay in offline mode (usually for 7 consecutive days)

The goal of this software is to facilitate the running of a business by providing intuitive and relevant features so that independent merchants can practice their profession in a simple and sustainable way.

We hope that this guide has given you some insight into how to build your food delivery application. You can find more information about the software development processes in different articles and webinars. For this reason, we invite you to follow our page where you can find a lot of resources concerning the world of business and IT.