July 25, 2017

On-Demand Food Apps Use Algorithms for Faster Delivery

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Food delivery apps are using complex math and algorithms to get you your order faster.

There are lots of food delivery apps to choose from these days – UberEats , Postmates , and Eat24 to name a few – but a company called DoorDash is hoping to set itself apart with a mix of math and good eats.

That’s because their app will tell you exactly when your order will arrive at your door!

“It’s actually a big math problem to get you a burrito through the streets of LA, or anywhere in this country,” said Tony Xu, co-founder and CEO of DoorDash. Tony Xu, DoorDash CEO and Co-Founder I recently met up with him to see how his system works, which is similar to how many of these apps operate. When you place an order using an app on your mobile phone, it is transmitted instantly to a tablet at the restaurant. Some restaurants have several tablets linked to various on-demand food delivery companies.

Next, an employee transfers your order into their system. When it’s ready, a courier arrives to whisk it away. Apps […]

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