Uber Eats is devouring its food delivery competition
The market for online food delivery services is expanding, largely in part to a relative newcomer: Uber Eats. According to data from Slice Intelligence, Uber Eats revenue grew 230.1 percent over the past year, with the average person spending $220.37 per year on the service.
The only other company of the five major online food-delivery apps -- Doordash, GrubHub, Postmates, Seamless, and Uber Eats -- to see growth double year-over-year was Doordash, which grew by 106.4 percent. Postmates, with 41 percent growth, rounds out the top three.
Helping them leave their competitors behind
Uber Eats’ growth comes from new buyers
We define “new Uber Eats buyers” as those who used Uber Eats in the last 12 months, but not the year prior. When taking that into account, these new Uber Eats buyers spent 77.7 percent more with Uber Eats in the most recent year than they spent with the other four food-delivery apps in the previous year combined. Overall, new Uber Eats buyers spent 231.5 percent more with these five food-delivery apps in the past year than they did the prior year.
As Uber Eats delivers at the top of the pack despite low buyer spend
Where Uber Eats gets its advantage is the number of new buyers it enjoys versus the other apps. Uber Eats saw order growth of 196.4 percent year over year, primarily from the growth in buyers. For the sake of comparison, Postmates had a 39.3 percent increase.
New Uber Eats buyers spend the majority of their delivery dollars with Uber Eats
New Uber Eats buyers are very loyal to the service. These consumers spent 53.6 percent of their food delivery dollars with Uber Eats, which is far and away the largest breakout. The apps with the next largest percentage from Uber Eats buyers are GrubHub and Seamless, who account for just 16.7 and 11.1 percent of share of total category spending.
In terms of frequency, Seamless appears to have the most repeat buyers. In the past 12 months, Seamless buyers ordered an average of 21.5 times with Seamless, far and away the largest number. Uber Eats saw only 7.7 orders per buyer on average.
Looking at order sizes, Doordash buyers are spending the most money, $36.95, per order in the past 12 months. This is $8.28 more than Uber Eats buyers, further demonstrating that Uber Eats’ recent revenue and order ascendance is driven by the influx of new users.
“Food has been the fastest growing big category for the past two years, including both restaurant delivery and grocery,” said Ken Cassar, principal analyst, Slice Intelligence. “The battle for our bellies is in full swing, and the players that had dominated these categories in the early days of e-commerce aren’t the ones that are winning today. E-commerce has never been a venue for the complacent, more so in food than anywhere else.”
About this data
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