Just imagine about the thing you need, and it will be delivered to your doorstep within no time. Technology has flipped the lives of humans to a better side. Eating is something that everyone loves and no one refuses delicious food. Nothing is better than sitting at home, watching your favorite movie and ordering food with your phone in just a few taps. Food delivery apps are the new trend in the market, restaurants are making their own food app for providing better services to their customers. Every day more and more startups are getting in the food industry, and every startup needs an app more than it needs a website. Building an app is an easy task, but the complexity depends on the functionalities and features you are including in your app. Developing a food delivery app is also and complex task, so you need to follow some linear guidelines while developing a food delivery app.
The food delivery industry is the new trend in the market. the on-demand market is increasing at a huge level and food delivery apps are the future for restaurants. So if you are looking to develop a food delivery app kick start your business then it is the right time.
Although there are already many food delivery apps likes Uber Eats, GrubHub, Zomato, Swiggy, Foodpanda. So the competition is bigger and hard. But if you want to keep your business one step ahead then there are some features that your app must have.
Research and analyze are the most crucial part of app development. Before developing an app, you must research about the current scenario of similar apps in the market. These insights will help you to develop a more flexible app with advanced features and functionalities.
Here is a comparison between leading food delivery apps which will help you to lead the market.
Probably the top food delivery app in the list. With various features like in-app notification, options to choose from thousands of restaurants. The app allows you to order food in just a few taps without asking for any delivery fee.
Availability: Available in 600+ cities in United States
Fee: No cost of downloading but minimum order limit.
Simply update your location and choose from thousands of restaurants. GrubHub allows you to search by the restaurant or by dish to make it more flexible for you. You can also add restaurants in your favorite list for future use.
Availability: Available in more than 900 cities.
Fee: Available for free with some fix delivery charges.
3. Uber Eats
The standalone food delivery from Uber is available in many cities and countries. The app allows you to save the item in the cart if you want to order later. Although the app has fix delivery fee and minimum amount limit for ordering.
Availability: Amsterdam, Austin, Baltimore, Singapore, Tokyo, Portland, and many other countries.
Fee: Available free with a minimum $5 delivery charge.
There are many things you must keep in mind like instruction, requirements, and procedure before developing an app, evaluation, feedback, and testing after you have successfully built a prototype or launched a beta version of your app. Similarly, food delivery also has many aspects of it.
There are some basic aspects and features that you must keep know before developing a food delivery app like simple and unique design, interactive UI/UX, visually attractive and nearby restaurant data integration.
If you are developing an app, then there must be some goals you want from your app, some advantages on which you will focus and some unique features that you will include in your app. There are some important factors that will surely help you:
· Hire experienced and skilled developers for developing the food delivery app.
· Start locally, develop a prototype or beta version of your app before launching the official app in the market.
· Promote your app from the initial phase by engaging your potential customers via SMS, mail or social media.
· Ask for feedback from customers on a regular basis and upgrade your app timely according to the feedback.
· Hire an experienced team for further maintenance and up-gradation of your app.
Now like other on-demand delivery apps admin panel and user panel are the basic features of the app. But since a delivery executive is required to deliver the food, you need to develop a driver panel also. It may sound a little bit typical to develop, read the blog till the end to understand about must-have features of the app.
1. The User Panel/App
The most important feature of the admin panel is to find the restaurant with a good quality of food and less delivery time. But there are other features also which make our app more flexible for user :-
This is the most basic feature of every app, the user must create a new account. Providing feature of logging in with social media credentials will make the app more flexible for user.
Nearby Restaurant List
Providing a list of nearby restaurants and cafes with discount offers will help the user to order food with less delivery time.
Providing a search bar in the app will help the users to search for their favorite cafes and restaurants to order food of their choice.
Users can add personal details like email, name, mobile number or adding a new address or editing the old address in their profile.
Multiple Payment Options
The app must provide various payment integration gateways like paying through credit/debit card, eWallet apps like Google Pay, Paytm along with Cash On Delivery option.
Users can view the items they have selected to order in the cart and if they want, they can add more or remove selected items directly from the cart. They can also add items in the cart for future use.
Users can buy premium monthly or yearly membership to avail additional features, discounts, and offers from the app.
Real Time Status
Users can track the status of the order, expected ETA, and delivery executive on the map by real-time analytics directly from the app.
This feature makes the app more flexible by allowing users to reorder any previously ordered item just by a few taps.
The app will be more flexible if it will allow users to schedule orders for a particular time and place.
Rate and Review
By allowing users to give feedback on restaurant and delivery executive, users can share their experience with the admin.
Help & Support
The feature of virtual bots for support will help the user for resolving their queries fast and easily. Users can also register complaints related to the quality of food or about the restaurant.
2. The Driver App
Although the driver app is not as functional as the user app. but there are some basic functionalities and features that the driver app must-have.
Before accessing the app, the driver must register himself through social media or by providing various details like name, address, license number, vehicle registration number.
Now drivers can easily get the updates and details about all the current orders and they can select or reject the order as per their convenience.
The delivery executive has to give time to time update about waiting and order picked up to the user.
The app must provide an in-app navigation feature so that the driver can easily deliver the order within less time.
The driver can select the time according to them for the service. They can mark themselves online and offline whenever they want.
Apart from cash on delivery, the driver must have other payment also for receiving money from the user.
Not only the user but the driver should also be able to give ratings and feedback to the restaurant.
3. The Admin App
Admin panel is the key factor for the business owners. It is a web-based app to manage all processes like managing customers, live tracking of the driver, accepting new restaurants, setting prices, etc.
Similarly, like the user and driver, the admin also has to register before accessing the web-based admin portal.
Only the admin can add a new user, driver or restaurant for service. or can delete/block the older ones.
Admin can view all the details about the all ongoing order and assign it to the driver nearest to both restaurant and user.
Offers and Discounts
In order to maintain the loyalty of users, the admin has to provide time to time offers and discounts to the users.
Admin can send details about new updates, discounts and offers to users through email, SMS or Message alerts.
Admin decides the delivery fee, and also keeps a track of all the profit and earnings by app analysis.
Real Time Analytics
The admin manages the growth of the business by keeping real-time analysis of all the orders and payment history.
1. Online Table Reservation
There are various food delivery apps that are also connected to nearby restaurants. Users can check availability of table in various restaurants and can also reserve tables through app.
2. Location Based Deals
The app helps users to view nearby deals and offers. This feature makes the app more flexible and convenient for the user. Each time, when a restaurant provides new discounts, the user is notified through a push notification.
3. Answer for Every Question
People usually have questions and queries related to the quality of food. The app contains questions, FAQ’s of every answer related to a particular restaurant. this helps them choose a restaurant with good service.
4. Social Media Sharing
Users can easily post photos of food on directly social media through the app. This helps in the growth and promotion of the app to reach a wider audience.
5. Digital Menu Card
The app allows users to place an order in a few taps by the digital menu card. This makes the app highly convenient and flexible by providing hassle free order placing facility to users.
Developing a basic on-demand food delivery app will cost approximately $15,000-$20,000. But if you want to develop an premium on-demand food delivery app with advanced features like Siwggy or Zomato then it will cost around $26000 for an iOS app and $27000 for an Android one. We can develop an food delivery app for you with the most advanced features in a budget cost.
License fee: $300
App hosting fee: $99/app
Developer fees: $7000 (developer with average skills)
Cost also depends on the type of app you want to develop. If you want to develop a hybrid app then the cost will be different from the native app.
$30,000 to $35,000
React Native App
$20,000 to $25,000
$15,000 to $20,000
Progressive Web App
Developing a website for online food delivery is not a difficult task. But it is time-consuming as there are some factors that need more time for development.
Up to 30 hours
Up to 32 hours
Up to 40 hours
Up to 48 hours
Up to 50 hours
1400 to 2400 hours
Cost also depends on the rate of the developer. Basically cost ranges from $28,000 at &10-$20 per hour to $360,000 at $150-200 per hour. We can develop a website with interactive and easy to use UI/UX within budget price.