Did you know many national delivery apps charge restaurant owners up to 30 percent in commissions to use their services? However, conglomerates like Grubhub and Uber Eats don’t have to be the only choice anymore. Omaha restaurant owners now have the option to avoid predatory apps by partnering with LoCo Omaha!
Established in 2020, LoCo Omaha is a local food delivery service owned and operated by Omaha restaurant owners. Run as a co-operative, LoCo Omaha provides owners with control of the delivery process and a share of the profits to keep money in the community rather than in the hands of large corporations.
Hook & Lime owner Robert Malm says he is glad to partner with LoCo Omaha due to the lower fees and co-operative model that supports local, small businesses.
“This Omaha LoCo co-op is a way to support local restaurants specifically, with much lower fees,” Malm says. “The whole focus is on local. I’m happy to support it and I’m thrilled that something like this has come to the Omaha area.”
Malm says the lower fees aren’t the only way restaurants can benefit by partnering with LoCo Omaha.
“It would be great just to have the lower fees,” he says, “but to have this local element on top of it where you’re a part of this local group of restaurants supporting each other, all the local restaurants are going to be the ones that benefit. That’s the ones that need help right now.”
As of March 2021, 25 restaurants are available for pickup and delivery orders on the Get LoCo app, with more coming soon. Malm says he has been impressed with LoCo Omaha’s growth since its launch in the community.
“They’re hitting the ground running, and it’s really cool to see,” he says. “It’s so much better than these other outfits that can be a little predatory in how exorbitant their fees are.”
While many restaurants are still partnering with national third-party delivery services, various owners are becoming disillusioned with companies such as DoorDash and Postmates due to the high costs and lack of local service.
Malm says LoCo Omaha is the local solution for problems with third-party delivery.
“I would say if you are a local Omaha restaurant using something else for your delivery (one of these other outfits that are charging your 30 percent), there’s really no reason not to jump on this,” Malm says. “If you are considering it, I would say stop considering it and just do it.”
Are you interested in using LoCo Omaha for delivery and pickup with your restaurant? Fill out a restaurant application and we will provide you with more information! At LoCo Omaha, we are dedicated to serving the community and supporting local as Omaha’s only restaurant-owned delivery service. Make the switch and you’ll notice a difference with LoCo Omaha!