Two different meals apps are presupposed to fulfill the rising urge for food in Edmonton – Edmonton

Two new food ordering and delivery apps have been launched in Edmonton.

ClickDishes and Nomme are the latest additions to Edmonton’s mobile grocery ordering landscape, and hope to make buying and collecting groceries easier and faster.

ClickDishes is a mobile app that works with local restaurants to offer customers pre-orders for pickup and streamline eating and paying for dinner.

“Customers place an order through their app and pay for it,” said co-founder Vicki Zhou. “Restaurants receive it on their tablet and confirm how long it will take before they place the order. The customer will then receive a notification that their order will be ready in 15 minutes or five minutes … you can start the menu to direct you to the restaurant. Once a customer arrives at a restaurant, the restaurant should prepare and have their order ready.

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“They put it on a different pick-up line, separate from the restaurant’s personal queue.”

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Zhou said she and the other co-founder of the app worked downtown and saw a need for that type of service.

“Downtown workers only have 30 minutes to take a break, and we spend 15 minutes standing in line to get food and pay for it. With ClickDishes you can simply order at your desk and then just walk to the restaurant and pick it up. “

The app launched in Edmonton this week and so far 14 local restaurants including BRU Coffee and Beer House, The Burger’s Priest, and Remedy Cafe have teamed up to test the Grab & Go service. ClickDishes also has a feature that allows users to share the bill with other guests. There should be a total of 30 restaurant partners in Edmonton by the end of June.

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Nomme is similar to UberEATS or SkipTheDishes except that it interviews, trains and hires its own drivers. It’s a takeaway and delivery app used by more than 400 restaurants across Alberta.

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The two newcomers are entering a market that already includes apps like UberEATS and SkipTheDishes.

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SkipTheDishes has been in Edmonton for nearly four years and has seen “tremendous growth” over the past two years.

“Consumers want more and expect more,” said co-founder Andrew Chau. “Consumers want better brands on the network, they want more choice, more variety and lower delivery costs. Our goal is to bring the best choice for consumers, so we have over 500 restaurants in Edmonton. Over 30 percent of our restaurants offer free delivery for their orders. “

Chau welcomes competition in the market.

“It’s pretty fascinating and exciting. It’s good to have competition because … it just creates more exposure for delivery in Edmonton and across Canada. “

“I think Edmonton has always been a growing city and a very busy city,” said Chau. “We’ve been able to help restaurants grow their businesses, especially at a time when some other areas of their business may be slowing due to the economy.”

The Food Delivery App is now available in 40 markets across Canada.

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According to Zhou, Nomme and ClickDishes each offer something different and meet a huge demand in Edmonton.

“It’s a competitive industry for us, but Click Dishes is definitely in high demand in downtown Edmonton and also in cities like Vancouver and Calgary. There is a huge demand for mobile order-ahead apps, ”said Zhou.

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“We look forward to every competition. That is the trend of the market. “

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Needless to say, the industry is booming.

“In the US alone, mobile orders are expected to reach $ 38 billion in sales by 2020,” said Alec Wang, ClickDishes CEO. “As mobile ordering becomes more mainstream thanks to big brands like Starbucks and McDonald’s releasing their own apps, it’s an obvious trend in the market that our local businesses need to take advantage of. The ClickDishes team is excited to bring these skills to life in Alberta’s restaurants. “

The company also says ClickDishes enables local restaurants to offer the same mobile ordering options as large, global chains at significantly lower costs.

Both ClickDishes and Nomme are available for iOS and Android.

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