News of an interesting new delivery solution comes to us from the online takeaway sector, from hungryhouse. It’s an interesting solution that could have applications for retailers beyond the online sector.
Hungryhouse has teamed up with a third-party fleet to offer extra capacity to its takeaway customers. When restaurants need more drivers to make sure they can deliver when order levels rise, they’ll be able to hit a button asking for logistics start-up Quiqup to pick it up and fulfil the order.
The partnership gives hungryhouse restaurants on-demand access to Quiqup’s growing fleet of bicycles, scooters and cars, its underlying technology and customer support services. It can even give them a delivery service without having to employ any drivers.
Quiqup’s API has been integrated into TabLink, hungryhouse’s tablet-based transmission device, allowing restaurants to instantly request a delivery driver from Quiqup in response to orders.
The partnership has already been soft-launched in Central London, with hungryhouse and Quiqup planning on expanding the coverage area in the coming months.
Quiqup, a London-based start-up that first launched in September 2014, provides on-demand last-mile logistics services to consumers and a wide variety of businesses, from independent retailers to major brands.
Bassel El Koussa, CEO and co-founder of Quiqup, said: “This partnership is a great example of how Quiqup can work with any business in the way that works best for them. Whether they sell takeaway food, groceries or clothes, our partners are able to tap into our infrastructure quickly and easily by integrating our technology into their existing systems. This gives hungryhouse restaurants the ability to offer the kind of fast, reliable and cost-effective delivery services that customers increasingly expect, without any of the pain of running their own delivery operations. We’re delighted to be partnering with hungryhouse and we look forward to working closely with them to expand the reach of the scheme in the coming months.”
Alice Mrongovius, chief executive of hungryhouse [IRDX RHHO] said: “This partnership with Quiqup gives the restaurants on our platform complete flexibility when it comes to how they deliver takeaway to their customers. Many restaurants already have their own drivers, but others will now be able to use Quiqup to manage all of their deliveries, or alternatively call on them to assist during peak times of the day. This makes managing the logistics of takeaway far easier for all our partner restaurants, and allows owners to focus less on delivery and more on cooking the tasty food that they are known for.”
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Hungryhouse exemplifies a new approach to food ordering. Before hungryhouse.co.uk shifted the act of food ordering online, most consumers relied on receiving paper menus through their letterbox and calling local takeaways to order food. Restaurants on the site are governed by customer reviews and ratings.