Din­ner de­liv­ered by scooter

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - CHELSEA MCLAUGH­LIN

In the age of on­line shop­ping and Uber, con­sumers are used to be­ing able to get what they want de­liv­ered right to their front door.

The rise in food de­liv­ery ser­vices is see­ing this ex­pec­ta­tion reach new heights, as it’s now pos­si­ble to eat food from your favourite restau­rant in the com­fort of your own home.

De­liv­ereasy, Welling­ton’s lat­est food de­liv­ery ser­vice, is adding fresh com­pe­ti­tion to a rel­a­tively new mar­ket.

The com­pany part­ners with lo­cal restau­rants to de­liver their food, in cus­tom-made re­cy­cled wood boxes on the backs of scoot­ers, to hun­gry cus­tomers around the city.

Di­rec­tors Nick Foster and Blair Kip­pen­berger said they came up with the idea on a lazy Sun­day last year, af­ter talk­ing for years about hav­ing a busi­ness they could be pas­sion­ate about.

‘‘One of our flat­mates would al­ways get Hells [pizza] de­liv­ered on a Sun­day, and that was all she got – so we thought why can’t we get more of our favourite restau­rants de­liv­ered?’’ he said.

The pair teamed up with third di­rec­tor Tim Robin­son and in May De­liv­ereasy was launched.

They have part­nered with 10 restau­rants of var­i­ous cuisines so far, with an aim to dou­ble that amount.

Their de­liv­ery ve­hi­cles of choice were scoot­ers, which helped keep costs down and was bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Kip­pen­berger said this en­ergy con­scious ap­proach was a point of dif­fer­ence for the com­pany.

A spokesper­son for Food Ninja, es­tab­lished in Welling­ton in 2014, said it wel­comed com­pe­ti­tion as this would en­hance the ser­vice qual­ity of each de­liv­ery com­pany.

When Food Ninja started, there were only a few food de­liv­ery com­pa­nies and not many peo­ple saw the need.

Now, even with in­creased com­pe­ti­tion, they were fully booked ev­ery night.

The com­pe­ti­tion was only likely to in­crease with Food Ninja ex­pect­ing over­seas com­pa­nies such as De­liv­eroo and UberEat to en­ter the NZ mar­ket within the next year.

Ex­pan­sion plans

De­liv­ereasy plans to­move into Auck­land or Christchurch within 18 months, but not be­fore they grow their brand within Welling­ton and move be­yond just a din­ner ser­vice. ‘‘We­want to go prob­a­bly to the Hutt and Porirua.’’

De­liv­ereasy brings food from restau­rants around Welling­ton to your door on the back of scoot­ers.

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