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How much does it cost to develop a food-delivery mobile app

There has been a 20% increase in the business of restaurants while going live through the mobile app in 2019. Other statistics show that customers ordering online are 65% more likely to visit the offline store. The online delivery system is growing at a faster pace with a projected growth of US dollar 55 billion by 2020.

Food ordering mobile apps are instant hits on the App Store or play store. This opens the gate for the successful designated business idea. When it comes to the costing, it ranges from the type of platform one wants, designing, features etc.

Foods delivery app market

In an estimated data, it came forward that there will be an expected 79% growth in mobile app food delivering system in future by 2024. Especially at the time of lockdown, self-isolation and social distancing mobile apps for delivering food are proving to be a boon.

Similarly in another survey, it was shown that soon the mobile app food delivering ecosystem will surpass the offline demand in restaurants. A food delivering market is huge and bigger is the mobile app system for delivering food online. The exponential growth is occurring annually and the business opportunities in the future seem to skyrocket.

Type of food delivery apps

In the present system of mobile app for food delivery business, basic modules that are followed in the market space are as followed


In this, the app acts as the basic platform between the user and the restaurant interaction. Here the business model simply based on the food ordering from the restaurant and completion of the order is done without any support system from the parent company which develops the mobile application. Here you are only acting as a third party or mediator.

Logistic support system:

Under this system, you will be providing the delivery of food logistics and supplies support to the restaurant. You will be handling the complete service of the restaurants except for the food preparations. The given end-users in real-time can choose from the menu of the food item and then track the order of the food. The restaurant is only responsible for preparing the food. Swiggy, Zomato and Uber eat are working on this module.

Components of food ordering mobile app

Ø Catalogue/menu

Ø Finding an option for the nearest restaurant

Ø Option for searches and filters

Ø Allowing online orders

Ø Various payment gateways

Ø Tracking of the order

Ø Scheduling of delivery time

Ø Option for push notifications

Ø Option for navigations

Ø Various loyalty programs for customer engagement.

Looking at the costing:

Why looking after the costing aspect of mobile app development several certain things goes on the front foot as well as backend. Depending on the fuel feature one is looking for in the mobile app the resources required changes and hence the constant change in the costing occurs.

There are several deciding factors which transform the costing from the idea stage to the launch face if you the mobile application like Uber eats could cost somewhere U.S dollar 30 to 40 thousand. The total outlook completely depends on the design; platform, market space and requirement of the mobile app. Therefore two things go hand-in-hand in deciding the costing of the mobile food delivery system.

Dynamics involved

When is the functional expectation on the front-end and the other one is the complexity involved in the back and team? In today’s scenario, many restaurants and food zones are using mobile applications to mobilise their business. This also helps in attracting customers through innovative offerings. A perfectly formed mobile application allows effective ordering of the food, tracking of this order, acknowledging the collection of the food and providing the feedback option to the customer.


While deciding how you want to go with a mobile app for the food system there are certain challenges you can go through. Let us see these challenges in close details

Ø  Competition

The biggest challenge, especially for start-ups and entrepreneurs who are starting the food delivery mobile app, is the competition in the market. Play store is already highly crowded by existing business models of the food delivery ecosystem. Few of them are already leaders and market players. In such situations, there is always a constant pressure to create something innovative to attract the restaurant as well as customers. All this process can sometimes increase the costing of the venture.

Ø  finding a suitable partner

 Finding a suitable alliance partner for your mobile app is a roadblock.  Although this has nothing much to do with the costing of the app this can lead to a huge let down in the whole operations and processes. Functioning can be hindered in a conflict of interest.

Ø  Stable UI/UX

Maintaining the stable UI/UX screens at the company point, restaurant end, the technical team is again a challenge.it is a difficult task to maintain specific user demand at the mobile app design.

Ø  MVP features

MVPs play an important role in deciding the food delivery application development and it’s costing. Raising a suitable MVP for your business helps further reducing the cost and the effort that goes into mobile application development.

Today digital technology is reshaping the food industry market especially when being at home is considered safe. Everyone is considering a more convenient way to order food that is going online.

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