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Food delivery is a critical piece of infrastructure for local restaurants, but Uber/Doordash/etc are taking a disproportionate amount of the revenue from meals to subsidize expanding into other markets, lobby national gov, and to line shareholder pockets (in theory). Some local restaurants have started forming Co-ops to run these services as a non-profit. I think there is an unmet need to build technology to help facilitate this local pushback against big tech.

Suggested by Brett Wischow for Unmet Needs on Aug 26, 2021

Upvoted by Brett WischowMR Mike Rodman


5 months ago

Brand & Strategy Consultant @ DBH Consulting

Here in the Bay area, Feastin is perhaps doing what you're talking about -- they have a group of eateries they deliver from (both meals and groceries) and seem to be quite local here.

There are some turnkey marketplace software available that may be used for local eateries (e.g. things that build on Woocommerce or standalone platforms like Sharetribe) but of course, it is necessary for someone to manage the marketplace and the local eatery owner is not necessarily into that role.

I have been interested in finding a way to support California's budding cottage food industry with similar marketplace software. The cottage food industry has some additional regulatory limits to distribution that make it more difficult than it is for restaurants to deliver though.

your link to looks ver interesting as well!

Jeremy Burton core team
5 months ago

CEO / Founder @ Platform

@Brett Wischow - a VC mentioned this one to me today:

Brett Wischow core team
5 months ago

Head of Growth @ Platform Venture Studio

Super interesting. Seems like a great solution in a world where restaurants have an easier solution to creating these co-ops. I wonder how they handle the couriers. That is the big problem in replacing a Doordash or Ubereats, and why these marketplaces have succeeded so dramatically. They created a larger pool of couriers to help even out demand between restaurants. With only one restaurant on an app, it requires a driver to be "standing by", unless they use a service like postmates maybe? For a while Postmates was basically serving as a white-label courier marketplace.