2019’s Top Food Delivery Apps in Canada (Bonus: Expert Tips For Food Startups and Restaurants)
Consumers can’t decide which food app to choose for ordering food online while food startups are worried about competition. Here, we have hit two birds with one stone.
This blog will serve two main purposes.
- You will find out about the top 5 Canadian food delivery apps
- You will also read about a few expert tips to build the best food ordering and delivery apps
We will be blunt.
The online food ordering market is seemingly saturated. The truth is, saturation is everywhere but saturation connotes activity. A saturated market is an active market.
If you own a restaurant, it is now time to take your business online. An app to order food online cannot go wrong at this time. If you are a tech startup with an idea to develop an online food delivery app, understand the market and then just go for it.
Food enthusiasts have a lot of food ordering apps to choose from. Some of these make it to the top by catering to the consumers in the best way possible. Here, we made a list of top 5 on-demand food delivery apps that will help consumers to choose and entrepreneurs to learn.
Before we do that, let us tell you how the market is active and saturation is only for those who do not give it their best. Check out these numbers to prove our point.
Numbers Do The Talking
- In 2018, Canadians ordered $4.3 billion worth of meals — of which $1 billion was on meal delivery apps like Foodora and SkipTheDishes.
- The total Canadian revenue in the Online Food Delivery segment amounts to US$2.004 Bn in 2019.
- This is estimated to show an annual growth rate of 10.2%, making the market volume of US$2,959m by 2023.
- The market’s largest segment is Restaurant-to-Consumer Delivery with a market volume of US$1,345m in 2019.
How Did We Decide which Apps to Include?
We are a leading web, mobile app, and software development company. We have done extensive work and built versatile Food and Beverage Solutions ranging from delivery apps to packing and processing solutions.
We looked for the most popular food delivery apps in Canada and listed them down. We researched these thoroughly- download numbers to ratings and reviews. We downloaded them to understand their interface, features and functionalities, and what they have done uniquely to deserve a spot on this list.
We came up with 5 names that, according to us, are the best food delivery apps in Canada.
Top 5 Best Food Delivery Apps In Canada
SkipTheDishes app was launched in 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It mainly serves in the Canadian cities but later expanded to the US and other countries. It has now associated with over 16000 restaurants worldwide. There are over 2000 employees and delivery executives of this company who work to make it one of the top Canadian food delivery apps. According to Crunchbase, this app has received total funding of CA$8.5M.
Apple App Store Rating: 4.6
Google Play Store Rating: 3.9
Source: SkipTheDishes app
Features of SkipTheDishes App
- Search filter (even by delivery charge starting from $0)
- Wide variety of restaurants and cuisines to search from
- Save addresses for quick service
- Re-order favourite items
#2. Tim Hortons
Tim Hortons restaurant was founded in 1964 and has now expanded to more than 4500 locations. They have been serving scrumptious doughnuts and coffee since the time of inception but decided to go digital in 2017 with an online food ordering system and restaurant app by the same name. It serves all the major cities in Canada and even smaller ones. According to Statista, Tim Hortons (restaurant chains) generated revenue of approximately US $3.29B.
Apple App Store Rating: 3.8
Source: Tims Horton App
Features of the Tim Hortons App
- Ordering and re-ordering favourite items
- Tims rewards for loyal customers
- Customize recipes and save as favourites
- Safe and secure payment integration
DoorDash App to deliver food was launched in 2013 San Francisco, California, United States. They now have over 6900 employees and delivery executives that make food delivery as breezy as possible. It is one of the best food delivery apps in Canada serving the cities of Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa among others. It has received total funding of $2.1B according to Crunchbase.
Apple App Store Rating: 4.8
Google Play Store Rating: 4.4
Source: DoorDash App
Features of the DoorDash App
- Order and Group Orders are made easily
- Schedule Delivery according to preferred timings
- Real-time tracking of order
- Easy and fast payments
This food delivery startup is originally based in Berlin, Germany and was founded in 2014. It expanded into the Candian market by acquiring Hurrier in Toronto. They have partnered with over 9000 restaurants in several countries globally. It is among the top food delivery apps in Canada and serves in the cities of Calgary, Quebec, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Ottawa.
Apple App Store Rating: 4.6
Google Play Store Rating: 4.1
Source: Foodora App
Features of the Foodora App
- Search the best restaurants in the town
- Choose your favourite dishes
- Pick-up or get it delivered
- Schedule your order
#5. Little Caesars
Little Caesars was established in 1959 Garden City, Michigan, United States
and went on to become one of the most famous pizza places ever. The app had to be on our list because it was launched in 2018 but has already made it mark among the best food delivery apps. This app like uber for food delivery has a unique functionality of TouchID/ FINGERPRINT and FaceID login.
Google Play Store Rating: 4.7
Source: Little Caesars
Features of Little Caesars App
- Store locator that automatically detects the closest store
- “Custom pizza builder” to get tailor-made pizzas
- Order scheduling that lets users schedule up to 6 days in advance
- Save favourites for quick ordering
You have seen some of the best apps for delivery food and apps for restaurants on the list. If you wish to compete with these you would need some strategies to distinguish yourself from the rest as these apps did.
Here are some tips from our on-demand delivery app consultant that will make your food delivery app development successful.
4 Tips from our Expert to make the perfect Uber for Food App
#1. Go for unique and advanced features
All the apps that deliver food have a certain set of features that is common. This includes features like search filters, ratings, real-time tracking, among others.
In order to make your app visible in the sea of food apps, you have to include at least one feature that takes you one step ahead of your competitors.
For instance, Little Caesars and Tim Hortons app let the user customize their pizzas and beverages. While DoorDash allows Group Ordering and some apps allow scheduling of orders and even allow to book tables for a dine-in.
You can also integrate features like monthly subscription and order pooling.
#2. Be ready to face the competition
You can’t have it all, not initially for sure. It is advised to first define your objectives firmly before taking any step.
We will explain this with an example. Suppose you own a restaurant and need to create a digital presence to stay ahead in the race. Do not jump the gun and put your entire menu on the app. There might be certain sandwiches that would go soggy when delivered.
Similarly, if you’re a food delivery startup, you might need to provide free or discounted food initially to build a customer base before you become a big fish. There will be other new and established competitors. Your determination alone will tell if you can stand the test of time.
#3. Keep the customers and restaurants happy
If you own a restaurant, along with managing the restaurant activities you also need to manage the delivery services. This might be another load on an already existing burden. Yet, you can’t compromise on customer-service at all
When you’re a startup, you don’t need to manage restaurant activities but you need to be careful about your relationship with the restaurants. Many restaurants complain about heavy commission rates and other issues.
You need to work in a way that customers and restaurants, both are satisfied.
#4. Try your hands on different categories of on-demand services
The best example of this one might be the Postmates app. Not only can you order food online, but you can also order alcohol and groceries. Customers would love the convenience of ordering various things in one place,
You can go for:
- Uber for alcohol delivery
- Uber for groceries
- Uber bakery
- Uber for ice cream
- Uber beverages
- Uber for Weed
Make sure that you are established strongly in one category before branching out to others.
Top On-Demand Apps We Have Developed
We, at Space-O Canada, have developed over 30 on-demand apps. Here, we will talk about two of them.
#1. On-demand Delivery App
We developed an on-demand delivery app for the residents of Toronto. This advanced and feature-rich app allows them to order everything from grocery to snacks, electronics to pharmacy products and other day-to-day items. Take look at the ravishing results from our delivery app.
Some of the features we included in the app
- Filter product search
- Schedule delivery for later
- Send custom gift deliveries
- Reorder items from a previous order
You can check out all the features and functionalities of the on-demand app here.
#2. On-demand Weed Delivery App
This is a unique app that allows the users to order prescribed marijuana and get it delivered at their doorstep. They can also manage online ordering and listing. This app has helped both, the dispensaries as well as the consumers. take a look at how.
Some of the features we included in the customer’s app
- Face ID/ Touch ID
- Easy checkout process
- Order history
- Push notification
Feel free to check out features of the driver’s app and admin panel in our case study of this on-demand marijuana delivery app
We hope that we have been helpful to the food lovers as well as the food-tech startups. If you have any questions like how to create a food delivery app or what are the mistakes that you should not make, you can contact us.
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This page was last edited on December 24th, 2019, at 4:57.