Are Using Apps Like Postmates, Uber Eats Really That Helpful?


The modern era has disrupted many industries and ways of doing things. Fast food delivery has been one of these industries. The rise of fast food delivery services like Postmates, Grubhub, Doordash, UberEats, and more has allowed for the consumer to have easier access to fast food.

“I eat fast food at least 3-4 days a week,” said junior Emilie De La Rosa. “I like food delivery services, because if you can’t pick it up then you can get it delivered to your location.”

During times like these, when serious precautions need to be taken for the simple act of going outside, delivery can seem like a great tool. Many of the services used can be detrimental to local businesses, the worker, and the consumer.

“Ever since this quarantine started we started eating fast foods,” said De La Rosa. “We eat more fast food than actually cooking ourselves.”

Apps like UberEats have capitalized on the fact that many people are not able to go outside as often, but it’s not like these services weren’t already growing at a rapid rate.

These delivery services make profit from these services by charging additional fees to orders. And as anybody who has used these services, the inconsistency from an order between different restaurants, delivery services, and orders is abhorrent.

“It is a nice convenience,” said Spanish teacher Ms. Adler. “But I think it costs a lot of money for something that is already easy to jump into your car and to get.”

In an era where accessibility is key, these services are being made available, but at a cost due to the simple fact that the business is not profitable.

UberEats specifically over the time it was first introduced never made profit but instead they would have losses. Uber itself has said that once the market was stabilized and they had expanded their business enough, then UberEats would be profitable.

With questions on the viability of delivery services many services are looking to cut down on cost by setting up dark kitchens.

A dark kitchen can be defined as a cheap location that only focuses on delivery. They make revenue from delivery fees.

And while there is nothing wrong with charging for a service there are no set restrictions on delivery fees for delivery services. This leads for delivery services to not just be inconsistent but unfair for the local businesses who have to comply or go out of business.

Of course these services are extremely valuable so asking people to stop using these services is a tremendous task. But there are many more ethical food delivery services like Seated, Slice, and Chowbus.

Services like these are very small, but are more ethical by not making restaurants pay so much. Another great option is just not using delivery services and instead making home made food. 

“We cook at home way more than we used to,” said Adler. “We make new recipes which are nice. It’s easier to plan for meals when it is for more than one person.”

Services like these while popular are not ethical and there are many other options. Using smaller delivery apps and cooking your own food are great alternatives.