Taking 5 Incredible Steps Towards Building An App Like DoorDash

by Silvi Willemson Technical Writer

The food delivery industry has grown enormously in recent years. It has grown to amazing proportions in the previous two years, today accounting for approximately $151 billion of the global economy. That sounds fantastic! Do you want to know how much an app like DoorDash costs to develop? Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about creating a delivery app in just 15 minutes!

Apps for food delivery have exploded in popularity

Do you want to emulate the success of DoorDash, one of the most popular meal delivery apps? It generated $2.9 billion in sales in 2020 and has already fulfilled over 900 million orders! DoorDash also maintains a network of over one million courier drivers. DoorDash is so well-organized that its couriers deliver in just 37 minutes on average, yet the average order is $37!

The Doordash app is a convenient way to get around town.

This insanely popular corporation currently operates in 4,000 communities across the United States, providing wide coverage. Of course, it isn't the most comprehensive coverage, but it is one of the most profitable businesses as a consequence of their efforts.

Food delivery is a massive sector that is consuming Europe and Asia's economy. Food delivery order statistics are led by China, with America capturing the second-largest market share. By 2023, 59 percent of smartphone users are expected to utilize food delivery apps:


How will your future food delivery app take over the world? Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about how to make a DoorDash Clone app and your options in this area.

How do you create a popular food delivery app?

Let's take a look at some of the most popular food delivery apps:

  • Doordash is the undisputed leader in online meal delivery in the United States and a forerunner of the platform-to-consumer approach.

  • The most widely available service is Uber Eats. There are six continents!

  • Just Eat is the most popular food delivery service in the United Kingdom, and it is also a subsidiary of the Brazilian delivery behemoth iFood.

  • Grubhub – the app that accounted for more than half of all online food delivery in the United States in 2018.

  • Postmates, which has been under Uber Eats' management since 2019, accounts for 10% of all online meal deliveries in the United States.

So, what does it take to stand out among such massive meal delivery firms that currently occupy a significant portion of the industry and have amassed massive notoriety and adoration from their customers?

First and foremost, you must focus on alleviating your future users' primary pain points. Consider a hungry shopper who can't go out for food for any reason — a busy schedule, exhaustion from work, or a preference for home delivery. So, what is the goal of this individual who orders food to be delivered to their home?

Their order will be delivered as soon as possible.

So, first and foremost, this person need delivery speed. When someone orders food, they are most likely hungry, therefore you need to make sure they get it as soon as possible.

Positive feelings as a result of the delivery

The second reason is that nice couriers are important. The distribution process should be as simple as possible, with no unpleasant surprises. Customers will be happy and will appreciate you and your app if you can provide contactless delivery or nice and accurate couriers.

The widest delivery coverage and food selection

Of course, delivering where your clients are is critical. So you want a large number of partner restaurants and cafés to give your consumers the widest possible range of food options. To catch as many as feasible, you'll need to collaborate with the sales or marketing departments.

If the marketing and delivery teams can handle the last two things, the first is your responsibility as the app's creator and business model's creator. So, how do you make a unique meal delivery app?

Let's take a look at the incredible realm of delivery automation.

Food delivery can be automated.

Drones are being actively used by large international firms like Amazon to transport tiny products. If you want to outperform all of your competitors with the most technologically advanced delivery option, you have a few options to consider:

Robotic couriers

They're six-wheeled containers. Such robots will never be able to entirely replace human messengers. Humans will complete routes in the city center that require crossing bridges, staircases, and other natural impediments faster. There is no need to build complicated and costly robots. Humans must still be used to control robots in this type of delivery.


The future, in which swarms of drones swoop around your house, land, pick up food, and deliver packages, is rapidly approaching. To enable remote delivery, architects and builders may need to rethink the overall design of a home. As a result, drone landing pads may appear on mailboxes, roofs, and windowsills. Drone copters, of course, offer numerous advantages over human couriers, including the fact that they do not misplace products or dispute with consumers. Drones can also bring meals to places where a car can't go.

There is currently no legal structure in place to govern the "connection" between people and drones. And present technology has a number of restrictions, like a short flight range, low battery power, and the weight that the drone can carry. The developers are now working on resolving these issues, and it is only a matter of time before they are resolved. However, incorporating drones into your new delivery app team is a fantastic concept!

There are four steps to creating a delivery app.

DoorDash had its start thanks to four passionate entrepreneurs who did everything from designing the software to receiving orders and delivering them. To this day, it is a company practice that each of DoorDash's founders commits one day a month to personally delivering orders!

In its first year of operation, they supplied 70 restaurants and garnered $2.4 million in investment, growing at a rate of 20% per week. For the period 2020-2021, they accounted for 55 percent of all food delivery orders in the United States, outpacing the annual sales of all other major meal delivery companies:

We looked at well-known food delivery representatives and identified four key processes for developing an app. After reading this section of the tutorial, you'll be ready to launch a food delivery service from the ground up, with the potential to become quite popular! You may also read this post to learn more about what to consider before launching your food delivery app.

The following are the top features of the food ordering app:

– Advanced search (food items and location)

– Order monitoring in real time

– Refund option

– Order history 

– Customer service and support

Let's take a look at the development of a food delivery app:

It requires more than just mimicking the existing mobile app interface and functionality to establish a food delivery app like Doordash and become a trusted choice among consumers. In this blog, we'll go over the many phases needed in developing an on-demand food delivery app in detail; check them out below:

STEP 1: Become familiar with the current state of the industry.

In our meal ordering and delivery smartphone app, we can include a variety of features. Fortunately, firms like Uber Eats, GrubHub, Doordash, and others have made our job easier. Also, if we look closely at all of these apps, we can see a lot of commonalities.

Our ability to compete and stay afloat in the industry is entirely dependent on our customers. As a result, we must provide our users with an advanced, user-friendly, and comfortable end product. For example, if consumers find ordering food from our mobile app difficult, they will abandon it. Similarly, we must be active with our other mobile app features while maintaining a basic and user-friendly UI/UX.

STEP 2: Deciding on a food delivery service

In general, food firms use one of two delivery methods to effectively run their operations. They can choose to manage only orders or both orders and deliveries. As a result, the first service just manages customer orders and notifies restaurants, but the latter service accepts client orders, notifies the restaurant to prepare it, and then delivers the meal to the clients using their own carrier. Because of the higher commission rate, the company engaged in order and delivery generates a lot of money.


From a commercial standpoint, we can't introduce a product without first conducting thorough market research. Before we can offer our services to them, we need to know everything there is to know about them. Our goal should be to create a mobile application that meets the needs of users.

We may start with some fundamental questions to perform such a thorough market research:

1) How will the app answer the client's issues?

2) What is our USP that makes users choose us over our competitors?

3) Do you have a specific target audience in mind? (location, gender, age groups etc.)

STEP 4: Features of a mobile app

The core factors that make our app successful in the market are its traits and features. When contemplating a meal ordering and delivery smartphone app, there are a few basic elements that we can't overlook:

1) A separate account for each user

2) In-app search for food and restaurants

3) Order placement and payment

4) Order monitoring

5) Notifications about appealing offers and bargains

6) Compensation

7) The status of the restaurant (open or closed for orders)

8) Verified restaurant feedback and reviews

Apart from the aforementioned traits, we can add a few more unique characteristics that differ from one firm to the next.


Various popular mobile platforms are utilized to launch a variety of mobile applications. In general, businesses have faith in the Android and iOS platforms. You can even start with one platform and simultaneously launch the mobile app on both app stores. As a result, we can employ a variety of technologies to create a mobile application, including native and hybrid apps.

Finally, why is it the ideal time to create an app like DoorDash?

We've attempted to summarize the main stages of establishing a food delivery business in this article. It's impossible to cover all of the intricacies in a single essay. You must also prepare for a significant amount of labor and hardships.

The world is experiencing the most difficult times as a result of the Coronavirus epidemic. However, many people's perceptions of many things have changed as a result of this experience, including the delivery of exquisite restaurant cuisine to your home.

There will never be an opportune time to create such an app, given humanity's ever-increasing preoccupation with quick and easy technical answers. The more globalization and technologicalization of all processes overtake us, the greater the demand for such an app will become.

There are still unfilled niches and new opportunities in this industry to produce something unique that will take over the world and make headlines.

If you're ready to start developing a food delivery app, get in touch with us and we'll work out a strategy together.

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About Silvi Willemson Innovator   Technical Writer

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