What goes into creating a delivery app like MrD?

The first delivery app, Orderin, was launched in South Africa in 2013. Since then, there have been several delivery apps launched in the country, some international and some local in origin. These mobile apps usually specialise in delivering specific types of goods such as food, alcohol, groceries or medicine. Delivery apps experienced a surge in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time the contactless nature of having food and goods delivered made it a much safer option for consumers than going to a physical store.

Creating a delivery app involves extensive market research. You need to look into the areas you will be operating, at customer demographics, at local restaurants or other suppliers (depending on what you intend to deliver), and at what competition you will be facing.

When there is competition between similar delivery apps, such as MrD, Bolt Food and Uber Eats, who all focus on delivering food, apps gain an edge by offering unique features or incentives like promotions, free delivery and shorter delivery times.

Delivery apps

The most interesting features of MrD

Over 7000 restaurants on the app
Regular promotions
Payment can be made through the app via credit card, eBucks, EFT or on delivery via cash or card
Comprehensive order tracking, showing the time that an order is accepted, picked up and delivered.
Orders can be gifted to friends and loved ones, and a social feed lets you see which of your social media contacts are sending or receiving gifts.
Groceries can also now be ordered for delivery through the app.

Before you start developing your delivery apps

Verify the needs of the target audience – Conducting a study of your target audience will show whether or not there is a demand for your app, as well as show what features are expected or desired.
Analyse the competition – Depending on what you are looking to deliver, there may already be one or more apps filling the niche. Analysing these other apps can reveal strengths and weaknesses, which will be useful knowledge during the development of your app.
Create an MVP – Developing an MVP, or minimum viable product, before completing the final version of the app is a good way to test the basic features, and can save time and development costs in the long run.
Understand the cost and scope – An app like MrD has gone through many iterations and rigorous testing. To build something of this scope costs between R800 000 and R1 million, and can take up to 6 months for the initial development.

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