Delivery apps gulp down food biz
Emerging segment feeds off high tech, big investors and busy consumers
monthly salary. He races against time on his electric two-wheeler through the day, more so during the peak hours around mid-day.
The Dada app enables him to compete with his peers for orders. He works 7 am to 9 pm, and delivers meals, snacks or beverages 40 to 50 times in between.
An organized rider could take home 10,000 yuan a month while the average is about 6,000 yuan, he said.
He also said the food delivery segment’s two giants, Ele.com and Meituan.com, are hiring heavily this winter. For, consumers are reluctant to step out to dine at restaurants or shop for groceries to cook at home.
As demand for food delivery services soars, riders receive winter incentives from their employers.
According to market information firm Analysys’ China Internet Catering Market Report 2017, the April-June quarter has seen the food delivery segment notch up sales of almost 46 billion yuan, up 28 percent sequentially and up 82 percent year-on-year.
The July-September quarter, data for which is yet to be announced, is also considered part of the peak period for takeouts. This summer, growth has been the highest in three quarters on the back of a spurt in night orders.