US food delivery app DoorDash launches in New Zealand

Since its inception in 2013, DoorDash has expanded to countries like Canada, Australia, Japan, and Germany. Every month, the platform connects over 25 million consumers with over 550,000 local businesses and restaurants in over 7,000 cities.

And New Zealand can now be added to the list, with the service available in Wellington – widely regarded as New Zealand’s favorite food city – and the adjacent Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt from Wednesday 25 May. The neighborhoods of Porirua and Johnsonville are next in line.

Through the app, Wellington residents can now order from a variety of popular local merchants, including Mama Brown, The Ramen Shop, 1154 Pastaria, A Taste of Home, Zany Zeus and Boneface Brewing. Customers will also be able to order from their favorite food chains, including McDonald’s, Hell Pizza, Nando’s, Subway, Tank Juice, Taco Bell and Burger Wisconsin.

Beyond food, locals can also order from a range of convenience and specialty stores, with more categories on the horizon.

“Having DoorDash in New Zealand represents a huge opportunity for us as a restaurant,” said Vaibhav Vishen, who previously worked as a chef at DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington and pan-Asian restaurant Mr Go’s. He also runs Vaibhav Vishen’s Chaat Street, which opened in Te Aro earlier this year.

“In a tightly-stretched market between the pandemic and very few delivery options, it only makes sense for a new business like Vaibhav Vishen’s Chaat Street to launch on a world-famous platform making its first entry in New Zealand. .”

Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Rebecca Burrows said DoorDash is delighted to launch its New Zealand operations in a region with such a vibrant and exciting culinary scene.

“We’re thrilled to offer residents unprecedented access to the restaurants, cafes and places to eat they love, not to mention a growing number of retailers offering groceries and convenience items – everything from hair products to pet food.”

Burrows added that the expansion has been well received by the service’s new Wellington and “Dashers” partners. As part of the platform, Dashers – the couriers who make the deliveries – decide when, where and how they want to work. Dashers can choose whether or not to accept deliveries, find orders closest to them, and earn more by participating in various promotions. All Dashers receive the proper safety training and an Activation Kit, which contains items such as a heat bag, branded clothing, hand sanitizer and a mask.

“Our arrival in New Zealand opens up exciting new earning opportunities for local residents. Dashers who use our platform are stay-at-home parents, students, small business owners and others who value the opportunity to earn extra income in a flexible way,” Burrows said. said.

“We look forward to bringing DoorDash to more places in New Zealand as we strive to connect more communities, one door at a time.”

To celebrate the launch, new customers can enjoy 50% off their first two orders and $0 shipping for their first 30 days.

The San Francisco, California-based online food ordering and delivery platform has a 56% market share, making it the largest food delivery company in the United States. It also has a 60% market share in the convenience delivery category.

It’s not yet known when DoorDash will be rolled out nationwide, but it’s understood there are plans to bring the service to Auckland sometime next year.