GrubHub Partners With Yelp to Offer Delivery From More than 80,000 Restaurants

GrubHub Partners With Yelp to Offer Delivery From More than 80,000 Restaurants

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, GrubHub and Yelp have expanded their partnership. GrubHub delivery will now be made available from twice as many restaurants on the Yelp website bringing the total number of restaurants to more than 80,000.

This move may prove to be extremely beneficial for GrubHub who has been feeling tension with the many food delivery companies like UberEats and DoorDash trying to grab the top spot.

This partnership with Yelp is actually the last step in what has been a major move for GrubHub. The food delivery giant acquired Eat24 for $288 million. This partnership is aimed at not only garnering more market visibility but also increasing convenience and cutting delivery fees and delivery time. Digital Trends says ”if multiple orders are generated through Yelp, drivers will be able to make multiple deliveries on a single trip.”

“I see a point where we could conceivably have extremely low if not free delivery for consumers,” GrubHub co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Matt Maloney told The Wall Street Journal.

Yelp is adding to the pot as well by trying to up their game as customer’s first stop before a dining experience. With this new focus on delivery, Yelp just released a list of the top-ranked restaurants on their site that offer delivery through their app.

With even super-cheap restaurants like McDonald’s and Taco Bell adding themselves to the delivery game, delivery companies will need to figure out how to get delivery prices below the price of a dollar menu meal if they want to scrape up that market.  

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David Chang's Delivery-Only Restaurant "Ando" Acquired By UberEats

David Chang's Delivery-Only Restaurant "Ando" Acquired By UberEats

David Chang’s delivery-only restaurant, Ando, announced Monday that they have been acquired by UberEats.

It’s an interesting move for the delivery giant after Foodable reported on Uber’s jump into building virtual restaurants in established kitchens. It seems the next chapter for UberEats is producing their own food to deliver.

Uber is already on par to dominate the food delivery sector in 2018. “We’ll be the largest food delivery company in the world this year,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Monday at DLD in Munich.

According to the notice on Ando’s homepage, the company is shutting down its service, effective immediately, as it begins to integrate with Uber Eats. Since launching in May 2016, the company had been working with Uber Eats as a delivery partner, alongside other delivery services and a few of its own people.

UberEverything, the portion of the business not focused on ride-hailing, is run by Jason Droege who said in a statement, “We are committed to investing in technology that helps consumers, delivery and restaurant partners alike. Ando’s insights will help our restaurant technology team as we work with our restaurant partners to grow their business.”

It sounds like Uber will be combining their proprietary technology, which has allowed the business to anticipate and fill gaps in food offerings, with Ando’s technology, though Ando has not specifically said what their role will be in the new partnership.

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What Could New IBM x Bon Appetit App 'Chef Watson' Mean for Chefs and Future Menus?

IBM x Bon Appetit team up for Chef Watson app  | Photo Credit: Bon Appetit

IBM x Bon Appetit team up for Chef Watson app | Photo Credit: Bon Appetit

IBM’s Watson is a force to be reckoned with. Just ask Ken Jennings, who was beaten by the supercomputer on Jeopardy in 2011. Watson is no stranger to the food scene — this past year, IBM took the tech to SXSW, fittingly. Watson became a "cognitive cook" that would translate algorithms of large data sets (ingredients) to determine which flavor profiles would pair well with others. In more basic terms, Watson would shuffle around ordinary recipes to create even better ones that held similar flavor profiles to existing concoctions, but “upgraded” them using data. The new recipes would then be created in the food truck, and voilà!

More recently, it was announced that Watson and Bon Appetit are pairing up for a soon-to-be-released beta version of a new app, called Chef Watson. As you can probably guess, the application will help cooks create new recipes out of existing ingredient combinations. “Think of Watson as an algorithmically inclined sous chef that gently suggest hundreds of flavor combinations that you’d probably never come up with on your own,” Wired reported. 

Now, imagine what this kind of technology could do for chefs. According to IBM Research Scientist Lav Vershney, most people have a difficult time managing large data sets, like ingredients in a recipe, but most chefs can handle at least two or three ingredients. “Pretty much no human can reason four ingredients.” What could Chef Watson mean for chefs all around the world? Read More

Startup Zero Percent Aims to Help Solve the Food Waste Epidemic

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We’ve all seen it before: perfectly good food lining dumpsters outside of restaurants and popular chains each night, despite the fact that there are tons of starving people. With a lot of “food being made fresh daily” promises, we are seeing this occur even more now. But despite motive, the reality is that most restaurant operators and managers just don’t know what to do with the leftover goods.

Enter Zero Percent, a startup run by two Computer Science Ph.D.s that delivers leftover food to charities through an app. Read More