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19 January 2021

How to Make a Food Delivery App like GrubHub?

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The development of a successful food delivery service is not limited to a website or phone number. Any respectable company definitely needs to create an app. It helps clients to always have access to their favorite delivery service and order food quickly without wasting time on the search for the site. A good app should be functional and have an intuitive and beautiful interface. How to create a high-quality mobile app?

How do food delivery apps work?


Nowadays courier services are in demand so mobile program development has become a priority for them. It’s important to realize that a company’s success depends heavily on the quality of the site or app. It’s also important to work with clients, get feedback, receive complaints and reviews.

An entire food delivery system consists of two essential components:

  1. Your partners must be reliable. An expensive restaurant, café, fast food joint – their products have to be high-quality and fresh.

  2. A courier is an important part of the delivery service. He may work at a time of his convenience or on an ongoing basis at your discretion. A good courier, who knows how to communicate and negotiate with people, is an important and valuable employee.


Let’s consider the example of a food delivery app GrubHub. This is a quite popular service, which cooperates with many good restaurants. A developed partnership allows the company to deliver food even from those restaurants that don’t provide delivery. The program contains a list of available restaurants in the region and each client is able to order anything with the help of one app.


How does GrubHub work?


Despite the big number of restaurants on the list, the app is convenient to work with. The interface is user-friendly and all features are optimized for the users. It should be stated if a guest doesn’t have the installed app, he can always get access to the service via the website. Essentially, the app relies on the site and is a more convenient version of it. The company always should have an additional platform for the orders not to lose clients.

Creation of a mobile app for the clients


GrubHub runs on two operating systems: iOS and Android. If you develop an app only for one of them, this means that you lose almost half of users, who are ready to download it onto their smartphones.

According to analytical data, GrubHub is one of the top 10 most popular food delivery apps among the users of both operating systems.



After installation, you need to register and fill in some data. Please note that almost all apps request data about bank cards and personal information. This might cause clients’ negative reactions. You should take this factor into account while building your own application.


Order processing


To choose dishes, the client performs several operations and all of them should be in the app functionality.

  1. Choice of a city and region, after which the user should see the available restaurants.

  2. Choice of a café, restaurant, diner.

  3. Then the client wants to see a menu and a range of dishes to choose from.

  4. Items he’s liked are added to the cart, after which the client makes an order.

  5. The app should have a feature of choice from sauces, additions, drinks, and a feature of writing a comment on the order, additional proposes.




The possibility to write a remark with information or question is extremely important for a guest. That allows him to get feedback, which helps to avoid many bad situations. For example, the user can specify an ingredient, which has to be removed from the dish because of allergy, diet, or taste preferences.

Cost of delivery


You should take care of a possibility for the client to see possible prices right away. The cost of delivery has to be calculated at the registration of the order. The calculating process is of two kinds: with a fixed price for the region and with a price that depends on a distance. Add discount coupons, promo codes, and provide special offers for your clients to attract more attention to the service.

For instance, GrubHub sometimes provides customers with codes for a price reduction or free delivery. The app is set to send notifications so that no one misses such a prize. Seeing a notification, the person is likely to click on it to open the app. This is an effective feature for any app.



It’s considered normal for prices in a restaurant and app to differ. Restaurants, which you cooperate with, specify the menu available for delivery. They are based on convenience, speed of cooking, and characteristics of dishes. When updating the app, the menu and prices may be updated as well.

Possible options for the exchange of up-to-date information with the restaurant:

Bonuses and cumulative discounts


You can create a mobile app in such a way that clients receive bonuses for their orders and have the opportunity to cumulate them. It’s possible to pay for the food or delivery using the accumulated points. This motivates people to install the app on their phones and register. Especially if a bonus program operates solely in the app. It’s important to consider a system, which would be used to award bonuses, at the stage of development. It may be based on the following matters:

Offer your clients bonuses for having their friends installing the app, dissemination of information about the service, rating in Play Market or AppStore, which GrubHub frequently does.

Communication with the clients via email reminds them of the service if they haven’t used it for a long time and informs them about the new offerings. Communication with clients via email isn’t effective. Not everyone will subscribe to your letters. Even if people subscribe, they unsubscribe later anyway. Notifications on the app are the best option. You can briefly announce changes in them: tell about the expansion of the list of restaurants, inform about special offers, congratulate on holidays, offer an updated version, notice of the status of the order, etc.


Cooperation with large chain restaurants


Opening the app, the client wants to find his favorite restaurant or café and make an order there. The broader your base of restaurants is, the more likely you will find favor in the eyes of people.

A control panel for a restaurant manager on the app should be considered. So you don’t have to control all processes related to change of the menu, price of dishes, etc. This is called «affiliates home» and is widely used among app creators. Such features might be available to the restaurant manager:

Courier’s work


A separate app or section for couriers would be a great addition. Employees are provided with a separate program, which has everything required to work. By agreement, a courier may work a standard workday or have flexible hours. It’s appropriate to develop a separate section for the courier on the app, where the record of his working hours and completed orders will be kept. Therefore, both an employer and an employee will be informed, which allows for avoiding conflicts or troubles.

You can add other basic features for this type of app:


Administrative section


GrubHub is an automated app. That being said, administrators and managers of delivery service are ready to get in touch with the clients daily. Two-way communication has to be well-organized; otherwise, you might lose a lot of clients. Operators should always be ready to resolve conflict situations, record requests to the service, assist in solving technical problems.

While programming, make sure to take into account the roles of administrators and give them access to specific blocks for the work. For example, the chief administrator of the resource should have full access to all possible data. Then, in chain order:

A clear assignment of responsibilities by blocks will help structure the service work. A well-established system will work well if each employee is responsible for his part of the job he specializes in.

Main aspects of app development


The creation of a food delivery app should be thought out in the detail. As of today, there is a great competition and a steadily growing demand for courier services. For this reason, you should responsibly approach the project development.

Pay attention to several things:

  1. The user should place an order without thinking of where to find a button, menu, or other components. You shouldn’t go overboard with decoration and you better focus on the development of understandable and simple navigation.

  2. Speed of work of the app. If the program is slow, its components are uploaded for a while, it constantly freezes up, the client will just delete it and write a negative review. Avoid the congestion of images, optimize them to reduce their «weight», test and test the app from different devices again and again.

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