Flipdish, the Irish online food delivery platform, expects to have signed up an additional 100 restaurants here by the end of the month. This is as a result of restaurants and bars which are shut due to Covid-19 shifting to home deliveries as a means of keeping their businesses going.
Flipdish co-founder James McCarthy told the Sunday Independent that there had been a significant increase in enquiries and new customers in recent days. The company allows restaurants to have their own branded ordering app. It has 1,000 restaurants already using the platform in Ireland and also operates in several European countries.
"We are getting a huge number of enquiries from restaurants and cafes," he said. New signings include Roly's Bistro, Poulet Bonne Femme, Siam Thai and the White Moose Cafe.
He said that the online orders and deliveries meant some premises which would have been forced to close their doors can now remain open.
McCarthy said it is very easy to set these businesses up for online ordering. "We can do it within 24 hours and they don't need any prior technical expertise," he said.
"We are in talks with some well-known bars which have kitchens and maybe won't have to let their staff go."
He said that people seemed comfortable about food deliveries despite coronavirus fears.
"Consumers just need to feel comfortable that what they are getting is not contaminated and that they are not going to have to interact with the person who is delivering it to them."
The company started in Ireland in 2015. It is also in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany and the US.
The implications of the pandemic vary from country to country. "In the Netherlands in particular, one customer has quadrupled their online orders. Generally, the feeling is if you are set up for online orders, for deliveries, and you embrace it, then actually it can be pretty good," he added.
Sunday Indo Business