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Why do Swiggy and Zomato prefer grocery stores to restaurants?

Why do Swiggy and Zomato prefer grocery stores to restaurants?

Meanwhile, Swiggy, located in Bengaluru, has committed $700 million to the expansion of its express delivery firm Instmart, while Zomato is in the midst of acquiring 10-minute grocery delivery start-up Blinkit (erstwhile Grofers).

etailers such as Swiggy and Zomato, who provide food delivery services, are making considerable efforts to transform grocery delivery into the primary growth driver of the future. Meanwhile, Swiggy, located in Bengaluru, has committed $700 million to the expansion of its express delivery firm Instmart, while Zomato is in the midst of acquiring 10-minute grocery delivery start-up Blinkit (erstwhile Grofers). The lessons learned during the Covid-19 outbreak are the catalyst for this crucial strategy adjustment.

Pandemic-induced lockdowns provided a once-in-a-lifetime chance for expansion for food delivery platforms. People were confined to their homes for months at a time, discretionary spending on food services reached record levels, existing eateries rushed in droves to their platforms, and new cloud kitchens sprang up like mushrooms. As a result, average order values (AOVs) reached new highs and order numbers soared to previously unheard-of peaks. While operating margins continued to improve, it became increasingly evident that there isn’t much money to be made in the pure-play food delivery sector in India, as the chart below illustrates.

In the food delivery industry, profitability implies increasing the average order value (AOV) while keeping delivery costs as low as possible. According to a survey published by global stock investment platform Stockal, the average order value for food delivery in India is $5, which is nearly six times lower than the average order value in the United States and Europe. Although Indian food delivery companies charge some of the highest commission rates in the world, which may reach as high as 30 percent of the order value, the vast majority of their orders result in a loss as a result of high delivery costs and discounts.

The most difficult problem to solve: riders who do not make maximum use of their time. Food delivery is always a two-peak business, with the lunch peak and the dinner peak occurring at the same time. Morning and evening rider utilisation are extremely low, resulting in a significant loss of unit-level profitability in both of these hours. Swiggy and Zomato operate on a marketplace model that involves customers, restaurants, and riders, and as they compete against one another, it becomes increasingly difficult to incentivize all three parties. Discounts for consumers and restaurants, as well as incentives for riders, result in a significant amount of money being spent.

The average order value (AOV) in food delivery, which increased to approximately Rs 350-400 during the lockdowns, is expected to decline as more and more individuals return to their places of employment. “Order values reached their highest levels during Covid lockdowns as people combined orders for additional family members to save money.” Individual orders are increasing as people return to their places of employment. Food delivery companies are spreading into smaller communities where average order values (AOVs) are often lower. According to Abhijit Routray, Engagement Manager at RedSeer, “there will be some form of correction in AOVs as a result of these circumstances.”

Furthermore, both corporations have experienced failure with their numerous food-related projects, which have included cloud kitchens and private labelling. It appears that both corporations have scaled back their cloud kitchen operations. Cooking is based on abilities, not analytics—running a meal delivery service and preparing delicious food swiftly are two completely different ball games. Even while Zomato has completely abandoned the industry, Swiggy continues to operate its plug-and-play kitchen infrastructure vertical Swiggy Access in five locations throughout the country.

The opposition from dissatisfied restaurateurs, on the other hand, is becoming more vocal. Restaurants receive a 15-30 percent commission from Indian food delivery platforms, depending on the size and scale of their operation. Restaurants, led by the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), have been vocal in their opposition to Swiggy and Zomato’s commission structure, exclusivity terms, significant discounts, and data masking for quite some time now. NRAI has formed partnerships with a number of technological solution providers in order to assist members in developing their own purchasing channels. Similarly, Swiggy has been testing a direct order offering with restaurants in Mumbai since 2015.

In a decision issued on April 5, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered a probe into the operations and business models of Swiggy and Zomato in connection with alleged violations of competition norms. The investigation was prompted by evidence provided by the National Research and Analysis Institute (NRAI) in 2017.

Food as a category has better margins, but the repeatability of food can accelerate the process of achieving economies of scale. According to a report by consulting firm RedSeer, the e-grocery business will be around $21-25 billion in 2025, while the market for food delivery will be about $12.8 billion, or roughly half of that amount.

The ‘when to order’ quandary is one of the most difficult difficulties in the online grocery sector, and the Quick commerce model solves it. “What to order” at the grocery store is carefully defined—households know what they require and have set aside a grocery budget. The topic of ‘when to order’ is a difficult one to answer because there are no typical patterns for grocery shopping or other household necessities. The vast majority of them are unplanned and impulsive purchases. As a result, swift delivery services are successful in meeting the ‘when’ portion of unanticipated requirements.

“Convenience is prized, and individuals are ready to pay for it, indicating that the market has reached a certain level of maturity. This has a direct impact on the take-home pay of the riders, as the more deliveries they make, the more they are rewarded. Grocery stores can achieve gross-level profitability in a short period of time. It will be grocery, not anything else, that will be the driving force behind any of these companies’ financial success,” stated Mohit Gulati, CIO and Managing Partner of ITI Growth Opportunities Fund.

Both Swiggy and Zomato have realised that focusing just on food delivery would not lead to profitability because the market will stagnate after a certain point. User mindshare is the goal, and these internet titans are putting all of their resources into grocery in order to compete against a duopoly that is extremely difficult to navigate.

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