When Covid hit the world, the biggest uncertainty hit the food industry specifically. Food companies worldwide saw heightened tensions during the first phase of Covid. But eventually, food companies made a comeback when the CDC announced that there are minimal chances of virus transmission through properly cooked foods or food packaging. This allowed food companies to bounce back — from food packaging to restaurants and food delivery.
While Covid is still a concern, it may not make sense to put off setting up a catering business. The time is ideal, as the profitability of such services is at an all-time high. With delivery apps becoming the norm across the country, catering service is something everyone in the food industry should consider.
If you’re looking to set up a catering delivery app this season, here are a few tips to keep in mind. In addition to investing in business signup lines from shopping signage!
Understand your competition
- It’s no secret that there has been a flood of food delivery apps. The first step to take when setting up a catering delivery service is looking at your competition. The areas where the delivery app behemoths dominate are not where you want to start.
- Research the market and try to enter the regions that are not in the delivery range of the already established apps. This may take some time and increase the cost of the establishment for some time. However, this gives you access to a market that doesn’t have too much competition. This ultimately promises more profit and leads to access to a sizeable market.
More than just food
- While catering delivery services are in high demand, plan for the future rather than just looking at the current market. Decide what else you can offer besides the usual food delivery service. You should go through the options of offering customized catering along with delivery.
- Think beyond loyalty points and discounts. Food companies may even consider offering additional deliveries in addition to just-food. These can include groceries and organic ingredients from the kitchen. There are so many ideas. It comes down to being innovative and making sure your business is prepared for the ever-changing market.
- This goes without saying, but as a newbie to catering delivery, you may accidentally ignore the regulatory aspects. Keeping track of all regulatory compliance may seem cumbersome, but they are necessary. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck paying fines and fines.
- Make sure all your staff are vaccinated, take extra precautions to maintain social distancing and observe safety regulations during deliveries.
Health Department Data
All food related establishments must register. This should be done according to your regional rules. Make sure to follow all guidelines, read all fine print and then sign the catering delivery request.
Check for the related costs of obtaining a permit. Initial assessment and application processes are being conducted online for most states due to the pandemic.
Mention vital details
All essential details related to your catering business must be approved by the relevant authorities. The detailed plan you submit should include-
- The planned menu you offer
- The raw amount of food you plan to store, sell, or cook
- Mechanical semantics
- Suggested arrangement detailing all equipment and resources
- Disinfection Techniques
- Personnel data
It is important from a Covid point of view to check local guidelines for location and related activities. Sometimes non-compliance and carelessness can lead to revocation of the license of new companies.