The Hotel and Restaurants Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) is launching its own startup to home-deliver food and drinks. The development comes after reports of delivery persons with existing aggregators increasingly contracting Covid-19 surfaced. The service is called ‘vineOdine’, through which customers can order food and beverages, which will be handled by staffers of the the respective restaurants.
The state excise department on Monday allowed vineOdine to home-deliver liquor. “This is a Kolkata-based food and alcohol delivery startup by restaurateurs. More than 200 premium eateries and all the five star hotels, that are HRAEI members, will be on the app in about 10 days. The idea is to provide contamination-free delivery service,” HRAEI president Pranav Singh told TOI.
Not only will the new service be safer, it will be cheaper as well. “Unlike the other aggregators who charge around 20% to 30% more, vineOdine will charge around 6% of the food cost and GST,” Singh said.
Singh explained, “Since HRAEI is only an association and can’t have any profitmaking activity, the startup is a separate entity set up by our members only to ensure that people get safe, hygienic and value-for-money stuff.”
Restaurants like Mocambo, Mainland China, Peter Cat, Flurys, 6 Ballygunge Place, BarBQ, etc will be on the platform.
Nithin Kothari, owner of Mocambo, said, “The direct A2B (restaurant-to-customer) connect not only removes the third party who may not adhere to safety norms, it also protects the autonomy of the restaurant owners.”
Since the aggregators are catering to several eateries, their delivery persons are exposed to a higher risk of contamination. “Our staffers will be thoroughly checked and a contactless and sanitized delivery will be ensured,” Kothari said.
Rajiv Kothari, owner of BarBQ, said, “The restaurant can choose its own delivery radius and charge a distance fee, if needed.”
Source: Times of India