Opportunities can be sneaky. Not just because they are rare, but also because they have a habit of showing up disguised as problems. Take, for instance, the rise of third-party delivery services. While many independent pizzeria owners would welcome them less than enthusiastically, they can be a boon to your business—if you know how to leverage them.
At one time, if you wanted to lounge around in your sweatpants playing video games, you ordered pizza. There weren’t a ton of choices. That changed with the rise of third-party delivery services. Now the food choices are almost endless. Instead of fighting this new trend, you can now leverage third-party delivery services such as DoorDash Drive to virtually eliminate one of your biggest pain points—by simply changing the way you deliver. You still control the customer experience and still reap bountiful profits. Coupling up with the perceived competition may sound scary, but it can alleviate issues that come with managing an in-house fleet such as:
- Driver hiring and scheduling
- Vehicle maintenance costs (gas, insurance, etc.)
- Idle time/overflow volume
- Driver sick days/PTO
How? Simple. Some third-party food delivery services, such as DoorDash, offer delivery partnerships. The process is painless. Your customer orders directly from your website, mobile app, or over the phone. The only difference, unbeknownst to your customer during ordering, is the delivery method. Once the customer orders their favorite pizza, the order is passed to DoorDash Drive either through direct API integration, integration with a middleware provider, or by manually entering orders into the DoorDash Drive portal. The no-hassle billing system makes handling cash-pay orders and driver tips a breeze. Cash payments, collected on your behalf, are credited to your account, while tips collected for DoorDash drivers are deducted from your monthly billing statement.
Thrive understands the value of a flexible point-of-sale system that provides seamless integration of services with third-party vendors. Thrive now offers direct API integration software that allows for easy delivery assignment with DoorDash Drive right from the dispatch screen with estimated delivery times and cost, followed by real-time automatic delivery updates.
As Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” For more information about Thrive’s new partnership with DoorDash Drive, call 800-750-3947 today.