Is there a definite cost to build a food delivery app like Zomato, Swiggy?
Food delivery apps are the buzzword these days. The evolution of mobile phones and internet technologies has fueled the gargantuan growth of food aggregator apps like Swiggy, Zomato, Uber Eats, etcetera.
Table of Contents
- Why have people become fascinated by food delivery apps?
- The sophisticated variants of modern day food clone apps
- The efficient business models of modern day food aggregator businesses
- Will the heydays continue for food aggregator firms in India?
- Get a fair idea of food delivery app development cost
The food delivery industry in India is expected to grow by many folds in the coming decade. The food delivery service is expected to spill over to even small towns and villages in India.
The opportunity to make a big splash in this industry and become a millionaire or a billionaire is so big that any aspiring entrepreneur would start thinking of building his own food delivery app and getting the maximum ROI.
If you’re thinking along those lines, just get in touch with us and we’ll coordinate with you every step of the way to ensure that you get exactly what you want. We have a spotless track record of developing high-five apps for our clients that have witnessed high downloads in just a few weeks.
Why have people become fascinated by food delivery apps?
People fancy using food delivery apps rather than going to a restaurant and dining or cooking at home for a number of reasons. Prominent among them are the convenience of ordering food from one’s home, attractive offers and loyalty programs given, a plethora of secure and swift payment options offered, and 24/7 customer support service provided. Let’s have a detailed understanding of it in the coming section.
Easy and effortless for customers
Via food delivery apps, people can get the dishes that they want without leaving the comfort of their homes, without traveling and getting stuck in traffic jams, without waiting in long queues outside restaurants or even without having to cook. It saves them a lot of time, money, and effort. Who wouldn’t want such numerous conveniences?
They can also browse your menu and choose their dishes in their own sweet time. Research has proven that the more time customers are allowed to choose their order items, the more likely they are to place a big order.
Contactless delivery can save customers’ lives
During these pandemic times, this convenience has become the need of the hour. People are averse to going to a crowded restaurant or any other crowded place due to the high risk of incurring an infection.
People can just request the delivery executives to leave their order at their doorsteps and sanitize themselves before eating. This practice prevents human contact and thereby greatly curtails the spread of the infection.
No disappointment for customers
Your food aggregator app will be updated on a real-time basis and clearly inform your customers which food items are available and which ones are not in which restaurants.
This way, your customers don’t have to go to any restaurant in person and incur the chance of getting disappointed if their favorite dishes or cuisine is not available in that restaurant. Since the prices of food items are also mentioned on your food aggregator app, your customers can check their affordability before ordering.
Live order status updates
Food aggregator apps will give live order status updates to customers once they place an order. Order statuses like ‘Order received’, ‘Your food is being prepared’, ‘Your order is out for delivery’, ‘Order delivered’, ‘Item not available’, etcetera are updated on a real-time basis.
Even the current location and the movement of delivery executives is updated on a real-time basis. This feature prevents a lot of anxiety for customers.
Attractive offers and loyalty programs
The appealing discounts and loyalty programs offered on food delivery apps these days enable people to save a lot of their money. After all, money is precious and people are only interested in earning and saving money these days.
Customers’ money is safely transacted online
People, especially netizens, don’t like carrying a lot of cash with them these days as there is a danger of theft, fraudity (counterfeiting), and the necessity to have a lot of change with them.
Food delivery apps offer a wide array of secure and swift online payment options to customers that they find very convenient and preferable. After all, everyone's money is precious and should be handled with care.
Customers can reorder with the same preferences
Food aggregator apps will automatically store (via machine learning technology) customers’ past orders and their preferences so that they can order again effortlessly and instantly. The reorder feature in food delivery apps saves people a lot of their time and effort.
The sophisticated variants of modern day food clone apps
A food delivery app can be considered to be a Swiggy Clone app, Zomato Clone app, or a Talabat Clone app if it has the below-mentioned advanced features and at least three versions of the app.
The customer version of a food delivery app should have features like:
- Nearby restaurant status:
This feature shows all the restaurants in the customer’s vicinity. Not only that, the status of restaurants like open or closed and the availability of all the food items in the restaurants are also shown. This feature ensures that customers get the food items that they want from which restaurant they want it.
- Restaurants’ menu cards and rate cards:
This feature shows all the food items available in nearby restaurants and their respective prices. This way, customers can order within their budget and not overspend. All food delivery apps also have attractive offers and loyalty programs these days.
- Live order tracking:
This is the most advanced feature that food delivery apps have. This feature gives the live status of customers’ orders like ‘Order accepted’, ‘Food is being prepared', ‘Delivery Executive has picked up the order’, ‘Delivery Executive is enroute to deliver the order’, ‘Food has been delivered’, etcetera. This feature eliminates the anxiety of customers and keeps them informed.
- Plenty of secure online payment options:
Food ordering apps like Swiggy offer customers a plethora of payment options like Cash on Delivery (CoD), online payment via netbanking, UPI payments, etcetera. This feature ensures that customers don’t have to carry hard cash with them and don’t have to ensure the availability of change with them.
Delivery Executive app
This version of a food delivery app is meant for Delivery Executives who deliver customers’ orders. Again, it has features that benefit them. Let’s have a look at them now.
- Flexible login hours:
Since the food aggregator firm doesn’t pay the Delivery Executive a fixed salary, he can login to the Delivery Executive app and log out of it whenever he wants once a day.
- Detailed profile for emergencies:
Since the Delivery Executive is made to upload his complete details (including bio details and address) on the company’s database, which are displayed on the delivery app, they can come in handy when something unfortunate happens to the Delivery Executive like him meeting with an accident. His blood group can be traced and blood can be donated to him on short notice or his family can be compensated in the event of his death, etcetera.
- The facility to call customers:
In case the Delivery Executive faces any ambiguity while delivering customers’ orders like the inability to find the customer’s address or certain food items not available, etcetera, he can call the customer for clarifications or to inform the customer of the order status. This facility ensures the proper execution of the customers’ orders and 100% customer satisfaction and retention.
- GPS Navigation:
This the most important feature in the Delivery Executive version of a food delivery app. It enables Delivery Executives to accurately navigate to the customer’s location and deliver his or her order. This feature preserves the integrity of a food aggregator business.
Notifications inform Delivery Executives when he receives a customer’s order. They also enable him to keep track of his earnings and dues to the company and help him to clear his dues.
This app version is the most feature-rich among all. It enables food aggregator business owners to manage their business operations seamlessly and swiftly.
- Manage business information:
This feature enables food delivery business owners to manage various aspects of their business operations like customers’ orders and complaints handling, assigning delivery executives to deliver customer’s orders, coordinating with restaurants to ensure timely food preparation and dispatch, raising new offers, etcetera.
- Order and complaint alerts:
This feature enables food aggregator business owners to flawlessly and quickly manage their customers’ orders and complaints, their workforce, and other resources. This feature preserves the integrity of the food delivery business and ensures the maximum customer satisfaction and retention.
- Push notifications:
Via this feature, food delivery firms can wish their customers on their red-letter days like their birthdays, anniversaries, etcetera. They can also use this feature to inform customers of their ongoing offers, loyalty programs, and special cuisines or dishes (like the Bahubali Thali) that certain restaurants might offer. This feature wins the goodwill of customers. If you want to develop a top-notch Swiggy/Zomato/Talabat clone app, please get in touch with us and we can discuss your business plans.
Swiggy/Zomato/Talabat clone apps are usually designed in such a way that they can function on various mobile operating systems with minimal alterations to their code. To design cross-platform apps, one has to make use of mobile app development platforms like React Native, Xamarin, or Flutter.
Each of these platforms have their pros and cons and you must choose the one that most suits your project needs and budget.
If you want to develop your own mobile app for food delivery but need guidance on the issue, please contact us and we will take it from there. We have successfully built many popular apps for our clients across various industries. So, you can be sure that you will get what you want and that we won’t let you down.
The efficient business models of modern day food aggregator businesses
Food aggregator firms like Swiggy will have two main types of business partners namely restaurant partners and delivery partners. They coordinate with each other under certain circumstances and ensure that the food aggregator company’s business operations run smoothly. Let’s now have a look in detail at their functioning.
Restaurant Partner model
Certain restaurants have partnered with food aggregator firms like Swiggy to heighten their reach, business volume and profits. By encashing on the food aggregator firm’s user base and brand loyalty, partner restaurants can serve more customers without facing the drawbacks of their limited seating capacity and popularity.
If any restaurant is offering any trendy or unique dishes, customers get to know about it via the food aggregator app and order those dishes online.
The Restaurant Partner model also benefits various restaurants as they can piggyback on food aggregator companies’ user bases and brand loyalty to heighten their reach, business volume, and profits. Food aggregator companies earn commissions on the profits made by restaurants on their orders via food delivery apps.
Delivery Partner model
Here, food aggregator companies’ delivery executives deliver customers’ orders to them. They earn a commission on every delivery made. Delivery executives help food aggregator firms make revenue by delivering their customers’ orders thereby enabling them to earn commissions on the profits made by the concerned restaurants. Thus, it’s a win-win situation for both parties.
Will the heydays continue for food aggregator firms in India?
The heydays of food aggregator businesses in India are set to continue for the next decade. The food delivery service is expected to spill over to every small town or village in India.
It’s a great opportunity for food delivery businesses to expand their footprint in India and become unicorns in their industry. Here are some statistical facts and figures that prove the point:
The food delivery industry in India is expected to swell to (valued at) USD 139 billion by the end of 2025.
Food aggregator firms in India are expected to witness a 11.93% growth in their annual revenue Year on Year (YoY) from now till 2050.
India’s food delivery industry is currently only second to China’s which is valued at USD 1,581 billion. India’s food delivery firms can also unfurl their services in foreign countries like China, the USA, Canada, etcetera in the future and become fortune 500 companies in their industry.
Indian customers are expected to spend around USD 40 per month on online food orders by the end of 2025.
Around 53 million (40% of India’s projected population) users are expected to use food delivery apps by the end of 2025 when compared to the present 26.5 million users.
Seeing the ginormous growth of food aggregator firms, you might be aspiring to become an entrepreneur in the food delivery business. If so, simply contact us and we’ll be glad to help. We have an expert and dedicated team of mobile app developers who have a spotless track record of developing cutting-edge mobile apps for our clients.
Get a fair idea of food delivery app development cost
This is a tricky question to answer as the cost depends on a lot of factors like the complexity of the project and the country or region in the world you are developing the mobile app from.
Generally speaking, food delivery application development will cost you between USD 10,000 and USD 40,000 depending on the number and complexity of features you want in your app.
Developers in various countries and continents charge differently for the same mobile phone app development service. The table below will give you a better idea of the cost estimation to build food delivery apps:
U.S. based mobile app developers will charge: USD 50 to USD 250 per hour
Europe based mobile app developers will charge: USD 30 to USD 150 per hour
India based mobile app developers will charge: USD 10 to USD 80 per hour
Technical factors that affect the cost of mobile app development are:
- UI/UX design:
Developing an engaging yet easy to navigate User Interface (UI) for your mobile app will take around 40 working hours and will cost you around USD 1,200/-.
- Mobile app development:
This main phase of your project will take around 400 working hours to complete and will cost you around USD 12,000/-.
- Minimum Viable Product (MVP) testing:
An MVP of your food delivery app must be tested before launching your app on various app stores. This phase is used to identify and fix any bugs that might occur while running the app. This phase will take around 80 hours to complete and will cost you around USD 2,400/-.
So, as you can see, undertaking mobile app development would cost you around USD 15,600 but it also gives you a 10 fold ROI. If your mobile app for food delivery is fully-featured and promoted properly, it will put you on top of the food delivery industry.
Your food delivery firm can become a unicorn in the industry and you can become a millionaire or a billionaire. The time is ripe to try your hands in the food delivery business as it has an enormous scope for growth in India.
If you’re interested, please contact us and we will fulfill your ambitions. We have an impeccable track record of developing advanced mobile apps for our clients. So, you can be sure that we won’t let you down.