吉姆 Jim Hofman

“Ghost Restaurants” With No Tables Thrive On Delivery Apps

What is a “restaurant”? If an establishment that serves food has no tables and no storefront, is it a restaurant at all? Thanks to delivery apps, in expensive large cities, restaurants can launch with only a kitchen, a menu, and a delivery driver. [More]

Seamless, Grubhub Now Selling Digital Gift Cards

Seamless, Grubhub Now Selling Digital Gift Cards

Uber and Lyft aren’t the only on-demand service providers to allow customers the option of gifting friends: food delivery companies Grubhub and Seamless both launched gift card options this week.  [More]

Mark Turnauckas

Groupon Launches Online Food Ordering Service To Compete With Seamless, GrubHub

There’s a new player in the arena of online food ordering: Groupon launched its own online food service for customers who want to either pick up their chow or have it delivered — but it’s only in Chicago for now. Eventually, as the service expands, Seamless and GrubHub (which are owned by the same company) could have a rival in the competition to fill customers’ empty bellies with the touch of a button. [More]


You Can Now Order Food Delivery Through Google Search Results On Your Phone

An empty belly and no desire to cook is no problem in an age of instant, Internet-fueled gratification, and now Google is taking another step out of the occasion. Anyone searching for food or restaurants nearby for delivery or takeout using the search engine on their phone will now see an option to “Place an order” next to some results. [More]

Uber Expands Food Delivery Service UberEATS To Chicago, New York City

Uber Expands Food Delivery Service UberEATS To Chicago, New York City

Since opening for business, ride-sharing company Uber hasn’t been content with simply giving customers rides from point A to point B. After dabbling in all kinds of pilot programs including on-demand drop-offs of everyday essentials and courier services, the company seems to have found a second niche: food delivery. And so, Uber plans to expand UberEATS to Chicago and New York this week.



Don’t Bet On The Delivery Guy Owning Snow Shoes: NYC Mayor’s Blizzard Ban On Vehicles Includes Bikes

As parents elsewhere in the country continue to inquire whether their grown offspring living in New York City are fully prepared for the impending snowmageddon, Mayor Bill de Blasio is putting a potentially huge crimp in hungry citizens’ plans for weathering the storm by banning all non-emergency vehicles on the streets after 11 p.m. tonight. That includes delivery vehicles and yes, even bikes. [More]

Scheduling Promotional Tweets Ahead Is Convenient, Can Make You Look Like A Jerk

Scheduling Promotional Tweets Ahead Is Convenient, Can Make You Look Like A Jerk

Companies try to entertain customers and prospective customers on social media by talking about their products, mentioning news relevant to their brand, and posting funny pictures that they hope people will share, like, and retweet. Maybe they should rethink all of this, though, and only use their pages for important news releases and coupon codes. This week’s cautionary tale: food-ordering site Seamless. [More]