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Three Things You Need to Build a Top Meal Delivery Business

Three Things You Need to Build a Top Meal Delivery Business

There are a number of factors that result in a meal delivery business acquiring a top ranking in the market place. While the style of food and food fashions are an influence, the real key to making it to the top is nailing the basics. Here are three of the things you will need to get right from the very beginning in order to be successful.

Food Packaging

The food must arrive at its destination at the optimum temperature for the customer’s enjoyment. However, it’s not just customer enjoyment that you should be concerned with. There are food safety standards that must be adhered to when transporting food, to minimise the change of giving your customers food poisoning.

To give yourself a reasonable shot at meeting both safety requirements and customer satisfaction, you need to have the right packaging. Foil boxes with tight lids and foil lined bags for food will help keep the heat in (above 60C) for your hot dishes.

Those same foiled lined paper bags can also help keep food cold (below 5C). You’ll also need to look into the many options for insulated outer bags in which the food can be packed for transport from your business site to the customer’s home.

Delivery-Friendly Menus

Whatever your food style, you need to craft a menu of dishes that can travel. No matter what the dish, your food will be travelling and presented in foil boxes, foil lined paper bags and plastic food containers. Dishes that require specific serving aesthetics won’t work. Keep the food simple and wholesome – something the customers equate with comfort and satisfaction.

If you’re looking for something that might give you the edge on a competitor, look at creating a unique selling point, something that will make you stand out from the rest. One idea could be to offer meals made from free-range products, organic vegetables and fair trade ingredients.

Responsive Staff Rosters

There are ebbs and flows throughout an average week when you will see different levels of orders. Typically, the end of the week is when people start to think about ordering out, rather than cooking for themselves. You need to take that into account when you’re drawing up rosters – for the in-house staff who are cooking and packing, as well as your drivers who will be delivering the meals.

While you don’t want to have too many staff standing around if business is slow, the last thing your business will need financially is a boom night of orders and not enough staff to get them out in a timely manner.

When people order meals to be delivered, they aren’t happy to be kept waiting for an excessive amount of time.

There are many more things that can contribute to a booming meal delivery business, but these three basics have to be nailed, or you’ll be behind the eightball from the beginning. So, do your homework – check out the most appropriate food packaging so that you can meet those vital safety requirements. Design fool proof, memorable menus. And get your staffing right. Then you’ll be on your way to building a potentially successful business.

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