There’s more to your business than well-prepared food orders and great customer service. One of the many things you think about is your business name, plan, and how you want to run this new endeavor. While your focus may be on attracting customers and building your business, don’t forget to protect your hard work with vendor liability insurance.
Your search may yield plenty of companies offering this type of insurance. The options can be overwhelming and hard to figure out.
Which one is right for you?
We are here to help! Today, we will explain what you should look for in a vendor liability insurance provider and tell you how FLIP may be the right choice for your business insurance needs.
Let’s get started!
BENEFITS OF DELIVERY SERVICE FOR YOUR FOOD BUSINESS
While you enjoy seeing your customers and interacting with them face-to-face, offering food delivery services allows you and your customers the flexibility of schedules and unique situations. It can be hard for some of your customers to get the whole family ready to go out, drive over to your establishment, and enjoy a meal. Others simply want to enjoy your food from the comfort of their home or run on a tight schedule that keeps them from coming. Some of the top benefits of partnering with a delivery service include:
- An additional source of income: Partnering with delivery services like DoorDash or Grubhub enables you to reach clientele that you weren’t able to reach before. Depending on the third party and your agreement, you may even get higher placement for clients searching on the app. Opening you up to a new client base that didn’t know about your delicious food.
- Gives you the chance to focus and improve in other areas: By partnering with a delivery service or hiring a delivery driver, you don’t have to worry about getting clients in the door. It’s one less thing to think about! Maybe there is something you’ve wanted to improve, such as your website, business materials, or promotions. You can take the time to focus on experimenting and figuring out what works best for you.
CONVENIENT FOOD DELIVERY OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
So, you’ve decided to offer food delivery service. “What is the best way to do that?” Let’s dive in to see if hiring your own delivery driver or working with third-party delivery service is best.
Hiring a Driver
There are many benefits to hiring a delivery driver, with the most important being control. By hiring your own driver, you have control over who interacts with your clients. A delivery driver may be the only person and physical representation your clients ever have with your business. Hiring the right delivery person, with the right personality for your business can make all the difference in your reputation.
Third-Party Food Delivery Services
Don’t want to worry about the logistics of hiring more employees and managing a delivery service for your business? There is an easy fix for that! Use a third-party delivery service. Third-party delivery services offer convenient and easy methods on how to manage the orders and prepare them for delivery. Plus, you don’t have to stress about hiring additional employees, they provide their own delivery staff.
The great thing about deciding to use a third-party delivery service for your restaurant or food service, is that there are numerous options. Your business can decide to partner exclusively with one service, or you can partner with multiple services. While there are numerous food delivery services and options that you have available here are a few to help you get started:
- Grubhub: Offers no upfront costs or activation fees
- DoorDash: Offers a free 30-day trial
- Uber Eats: Will work with you if you have your own delivery staff
- Postmates: Over 75,000 businesses work with them
When comparing third-party delivering services, remember to take your time and find the solution(s) that work best for you. Take into consideration:
- Costs of signing up or activation fees
- Costs to use service
- Availability in your surrounding community
- Convenience of fulfilling orders and working with delivery persons
UNDERSTANDING FOOD BUSINESS INSURANCE NEEDS
Whether you have a food truck or a home-based catering business, it is important to protect your business. Check out our list of covered food classes to learn more about how FLIP can help protect you.
While FLIP does not cover third-party delivery services, it is still important to understand your insurance needs. Your third-party delivery vendor should have insurance to protect their drivers and your order being delivered to your clients.
Learn more about Food Business Insurance
BY LYNDSEY LARSEN
Lyndsey Larsen is the Marketing Manager and writes about business, marketing, entrepreneurship, and insurance.
Lyndsey Larsen is an experienced writer with a background in corporate communications nonprofits, SAAS corporations, and nutraceutical companies. She has previously worked as a journalist for regional and national publications. In her spare time, she enjoys chasing butterflies, rockhounding, and spending time with her two kids in Utah’s mountains or deserts. Find Lyndsey on LinkedIn.