During shutdown, do U.S. or Chinese food delivery apps have the edge?

Jul 17, 2020
Marketplace’s Jennifer Pak in Shanghai and Scott Tong in the Washington, D.C., area sample each country’s e-grocery and restaurant delivery apps.
A food delivery worker drives along the streets of Shanghai. Chinese companies seem to have invested more in the logistics of app-based delivery than U.S. companies so far.
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Ready to go back to eating out? Your favorite restaurant won't look the same

May 20, 2020
Many restaurateurs realize that their industry, built on socializing in packed rooms, needs to reduce tables, shrink menus, and increase technology to survive.
A masked waiter serves a customer at a reopened restaurant in Florida on May 11.
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Food delivery apps may soon see even more consolidation

May 13, 2020
That could mean higher prices for consumers, and for the restaurants that rely on the apps.
There are reports that Uber has made an offer to buy and take over Grubhub.
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"Delete the delivery apps," say restaurants hard hit by COVID-19

Apr 16, 2020
Some food delivery services charge as much as 40% in fees. That's cutting into restaurants' bottom line.
Food delivery orders have doubled since the COVID-19 outbreak began, according to the website Yelp,
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Wholesale food businesses ship directly to consumers to meet demand

Apr 10, 2020
With some supermarket shelves empty, food providers turn to door-to-door delivery.
Empty shelves where packets of flour would normally be stocked are pictured below half-empty egg and sugar stocks in a north London supermarket.
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Is takeout food safe during COVID-19?

Apr 2, 2020
As more states issue restrictions on restaurants, here’s how to support local businesses while keeping you, your family and the restaurant workers safe and healthy during COVID-19.
An employee at a San Francisco restaurant hands a takeout order to a customer through a window on April 1.
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China COVID-19 shut-in tunes in to the world via radio

Mar 9, 2020
Our Shanghai correspondent, forced to stay home like so many others, shares what she's hearing about the virus on the airwaves.
Although it's hard to breathe while wearing a face mask for an extended period of time, they're now required in all public spaces in Shanghai.
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Kroger ventures into prepared food delivery

Dec 5, 2019
The supermarket chain hopes to expand its customer base.
Kroger is trying to stay competitive with stores like Aldi and Amazon.
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Millennials and avocados are key to Chipotle's comeback

Oct 22, 2019
The fast-casual chain has turned around business since the health scares of years past.
Online orders account for almost a fifth of sales at Chipotle. Above, the restaurant's workers fill orders.
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The quest for french fries crisp enough to withstand delivery

Jul 8, 2019
The secret’s in the fry batter ... and the packaging.
Freshly cooked fries made by potato-processing giant Lamb Weston. The company has been working on ways to keep fries crisp during delivery.
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