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The meal delivery service industry hit record heights in March as the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of Americans to self-isolate at home.
There was a 24 percent year-over-year growth in March for those services, according to data analytics firm Second Measure. And social distancing practices may have also encouraged more people to try the services for the first time, as 28 percent of American consumers have ordered through them, compared to 22 percent a year ago.
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TOP THREATS TO US FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
The services have been actively looking to attract business during the pandemic, offering deals like free or discounted delivery and reducing restaurant commissions.
“We continue to hear from our restaurant partners that driving growth in sales is the most effective way to help,” DoorDash CEO Tony Xu wrote in a blog post.
DoorDash and its subsidiaries continued to hold the largest share of the food delivery market in March, with 42 percent of sales, according to Second Measure. Grubhub, including subsidiaries like Sealess and Eat24, had the second-largest share with 28 percent of sales.