Foodie hot Ice­cream chef’s tow­er­ing trib­ute spot hits the road

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - JACK­SON THOMAS

Auckland foodie desti­na­tion Pon­sonby Cen­tral has joined the home de­liv­ery rev­o­lu­tion.

Pop­u­lar eater­ies Bird On A Wire, Miss Is­tan­bul, The Dairy and El Siz­zling Chorizo have part­nered with the coun­try’s largest online food de­liv­ery plat­form Menu­log.

Menu­log will look af­ter the or­ders for Pon­sonby Cen­tral stores while de­liv­ery will be han­dled by driv­ers from New Zealand company LazyAz.

The ser­vice, which launched last week, is the lat­est in a string of food out­lets to add online or­der­ing and de­liv­ery.

Com­pa­nies like international ser­vice UberEats, lo­cal ser­vice On The Rocks, and large fast­food chains like McDon­ald’s are al­ready de­liv­er­ing food to cus­tomer’s doors.

Bird On A Wire owner So­phie Gil­mour said home de­liv­ery was an im­por­tant part of its busi­ness plan and key to mak­ing the ser­vice suc­cess­ful was en­sur­ing it was an easy and ef­fi­cient process for cus­tomers.

‘‘Our goal is to feed the world bet­ter food and part of that is recog­nis­ing that peo­ple are some­times too busy to cook,’’ Gil­mour said.

‘‘The key things for us is that food is de­liv­ered in a timely way and in great nick.’’

More than 800 restau­rants across New Zealand of­fer de­liv­ery through the Aus­tralian-owned Menu­log app.

Pon­sonby Cen­tral food will be de­liv­ered to the CBD, Par­nell, Pon­sonby, Grey Lynn and Mt Eden with the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­pand­ing into Re­muera, Eller­slie and Green­lane.

Menu­log NZ com­mer­cial di­rec­tor Paul Dodds said Pon­sonby Cen­tral de­liv­er­ies could be ex­pected to ar­rive within 40 min­utes by car. The de­liv­ery model had ’’taken off’’ over­seas and New Zealand was play­ing catch-up, Dodds said. New Zealand was head­ing to­wards home de­liv­ery be­ing the main way peo­ple got their food, he said.

LazyAz founder Arya­man Taore said there had been an in­crease in food de­liv­er­ies with his company see­ing a 60 per cent in­crease ev­ery month this year.

Unitec mar­ket­ing lec­turer Pa­trick Dodd said the online model was sus­tain­able and one he thought would con­tinue to grow.

‘‘In­side the next five years, I think we will have drone de­liv­ery as part of our day-to-day lives. The sky re­ally is the limit with this,’’ he said.

Bird On a Wire can now be de­liv­ered.

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