It is such a blessing to have food delivery apps like Zomato, Swiggy, and UberEats that provide us with our favorite food anywhere we want. Be it the comfort of our home or at an office, your cravings can be satisfied by just selecting the food and restaurant.
Such apps have made life so much easier, especially for people living alone. Moreover, they promise delicious food on your doorstep without compromising the quality of the food.
These apps have become a great hit amongst people, and for the firms that want to invest in the food industry, this is their way.
Types of food delivery app:
End-to-end or full service on demand app:
This kind of app belongs to a single brand and it is they who are responsible for everything- receiving the order, making food and delivering it. The examples included Dominos’ and Mc Donald’s etc.
This is the kind of app, that lists all the restaurants which are near the customer’s location. Information about food is passed on to the restaurants that prepare the order and then the food is delivered by the app’s delivery boys. UberEats, Swiggy, and Zomato fall into this category.
How do these on-demand apps work?
If your firm is looking to invest in the multi-million food industry, you first need to collaborate with restaurants. This way you can provide different and numerous cuisine to your customers, which will make your app the best food delivery app. After that, both the firm and restaurants have to develop a food delivery app.
Now, it is important to build a food app that has three versions catering to all the three branches- Users, restaurants and the firm. All the three versions of the app must be connected to each other, then only they will work best to generate revenues for both firm and restaurants and satisfaction for consumers.
Features of the food app
All the three versions of the on demand food app have some mandatory and optional features that you must be aware of before you jump into creating your own app.
Login: All mobile app food delivery must let the user Sign Up from social media accounts or Gmail or with a phone number.
Location: Type the location or use map or GPS for it, as the location of the user will list the available restaurants.
Homepage: The first screen that shows all the restaurants available.
Cart Section: In this area the selected food and user can edit or remove the items before confirming the order
Payment: once the order is confirmed, users are taken to the payment section where different modes of payments are available. Keeping the option of Cash on delivery is optional but having it can be a good thing.
Reviews Screen: Optional but as an app owner you can include comment and review section for every restaurant.
Past order: To make re-ordering easy, you can have a section that keeps track of the past orders of the user.
Offers and Discounts: The food delivery app must have a section for showing the available offers and discounts.
Contact Information: should always be included.
Other than logging and registering, they have to provide documents to authenticate the business.
Account section/profile: This section will include their name, logo, and pictures of the food they provide. Also, price, minimum order and discount offers from their side should be mentioned.
Dashboard: In this section you keep track of the pending and completed orders.
Payment: The section is all about taking the money from the user and transferring it into banks or other wallets. Revenue reports is also a feature that you may like to add.
For App developers:
- More discount coupon and vouchers
- Lock Screen Widgets
- Social media sharing buttons for food
- Information of scheduled delivery and pick up by the riders
Mandatory features that are must in these apps:
Search screen– It is mandatory for the mobile food ordering app and is placed on the user screen, and let you search for any dish and restaurant
Menu– After selecting the restaurant, its menu with prices and discount must be made available to the user for selection.
Real-time location tracking: This feature costs more, but important and lets the user keep track of their order by checking the map. The estimated time of the delivery can be seen here.
Push Notification: It is an important feature that the app developer must include. It sends a message to the user when an order arrives at two restaurants about the delivery of the same.
How much does it cost to make food delivery apps for mobiles?
The process of creating a food ordering app includes:
Planning– coming up with the idea of the app.
Designing– creating the visual of the app.
Coding– building the app using codes.
Beta trial– Testing the app to find any bugs and errors.
Launch– optimizing the app and launching it for the consumers.
Support– monitoring and evaluating the app, and updating any bugs or issues.
App developers and firms developing mobile food ordering apps charge on per hour basis. This per hour price differs according to the country the food delivery app is designed for.
In Europe and America, the price range is $100-$250 per hour.
In Eastern Europe, the price is $50-$150 per hour.
In India, the price of developing the best food delivery app is quite low as compared to Europe and USA. It is $10-$80 per hour for developing an on-demand food delivery app with all the features.
Now, as you have the basic gist, do a market research about the target customers and their needs and then start developing the app.