Today, the world is going mobile and there are enormous competent mobility solutions for all types of industries. Mobile applications serve people with different features, allowing them to perform their tasks easily.
A comprehensive range of on-demand food ordering and delivery apps are adding ease and comfort to the life of all the foodies. Using top food delivery apps, you can have all the delicious food delivered to your home. Moreover, these apps are promising to deliver mouth-watering food without compromising the quality, so you can serve hot food and enjoy your food.
Usually, there are three main types of food service platforms, including order focused platforms, full-service platforms and logistics focused platforms. Generally, we all think that logistics-focused platform is considered as the most lucrative type because it is the food service, which sums all the orders and provides a range of vehicles to their partner restaurants for picking up the food.
In the recent time, the on-demand food delivery applications are not just a buzz among users; however, it has commanded the attention of restaurant owners and mobile app developers. If you are running a restaurant, it would be great to invest in on-demand food ordering and delivery application, allowing your customers to order food from the comfort of their home.
But how will you make your own on-demand food ordering application? Which features will you include to make it stand out from other food delivery apps? In this article, I will help you to make your own food delivery application with requisite features.
Let’s Have a Look at the Top Features That Should Be Considered While Making a Food Delivery Solution:
A Complete Food Menu
Most of the food businesses and restaurant entrepreneurs are depended on GrubHub’s API, which sums all the restaurant data like open hours, menu, address, etc. and save them to the cloud. With this, clients can easily recover their required information and comfortably place an order without any restriction.
While making a food ordering app, you need to consider this feature in mind and include a complete food menu, allowing users to surf the whole menu and select their desired dish. With the help of GrubHub’ssemi public API, customers can get access to menu information from an extensive database of 10000+ restaurants. In addition to this, the API can also be used by another food delivery app to transfer the order and payment details to a partner restaurant.
Easy Search Option
Postmates is the most popular food delivery application that provides easy local search option to its customers, enabling them to look at different restaurants with their menus and prices. The customers place an order, Postmates communicates it to the restaurant and directly sends a courier to pick it up when it is ready.
Therefore, you should also include a search option in your application, allowing your customers to search different dishes of their choice and order it easily. The search option saves a lot of time of your customers, making it easy to order.
When you make an on-demand food delivery application, make sure that you include easy food ordering feature that enables customers to order the food and make payment as per his/her convenience right from making a payment through a card or cash on delivery.
There are lots of users, who love the last order, prefer to order it again from the menu and the chances are that it is the same menu again. You can make ordering extremely easy for your customers so they can order any food item and dishes with just a few clicks.
Estimated Time of Delivery
For most of the people, time is money and they value their time. Even there are modern customers, who value precision and punctuality of delivery. Your customers will be happy if food delivery application gives them an approximate time for the arrival of their food.
For an example, a leading pizza brand Dominos promises to deliver its pizza within 30 minutes, whereas Postmates gives the exact time when their order shall reach them.
However, it is possible with machine learning that takes into account important considerations like the location of the delivery, the volume of the order, availability of drivers, etc. Machine learning helps users to calculate a right delivery time so that you can make your customers happy.
Along with the above-mentioned features, you can consider location tracking as customers always wish to stay informed with the food’s whereabouts. Ensure that you allow your customers to track the real-time location of their order using a food delivery app.
By tracking the right location of their food, they can get an idea about the exact time it will take to deliver. For this high-end feature, you can MapKit for iOS and Google Maps API for Android for them same. Ultimately, you can integrate mapping software in your food app and for this, you can make use of Google Maps for the both versions of your app.
Your food delivery app can’t get success if you are not including an important feature of in-app payment. You need to integrate any payment system into your application like Braintree, PayPal, Stripe, etc. to enable users to initiate a payment through their credit or debit cards.
Another option is that you can use Square’s API, which redirects the customers to the independent Square app, allowing the execution of payment procedure transparently. It is recommended to integrate as many payment options as possible so that you can furnish a comfortable customer experience.
Day-by-day, the demand for an on-demand service is increasing as people are looking for some easy ways to get their work done. Whether they are ordering food, booking a taxi or looking for on-demand laundry service, on-demand service has gained the huge attention of people.
With this, there are chains of restaurants that are looking for developing a feature-rich on-demand food delivery application. This, alluring food delivery app development considered as an impressive way for generating revenues.
Jyoti Bharwani is a Content Manager at Space-O Technologies here. She has a keen interest in writing about latest technologies like Augmented Reality, Blockchain technology, etc. She also loves to write about mobile app development.