Cost To Make An On-demand Delivery App Like Glovo (Food Delivery App)



What is Glovo Food Delivery App?

A lot of businesses have flourished over the years by creating on-demand food delivery platforms like Uber Eats, Deliveroo, DoorDash, and many more. Joining the party a little late is the Barcelona-based on-demand courier delivery platform that offers more than food delivery in its services. Here we will talk about an on-demand delivery app like Glovo.
Glovo meaning ‘Ballon’ in Spanish was founded by Oscar Pierre and Sacha Michaud. The platform offers all types of delivery services ranging from a key that you’ve forgotten at home to your favorite flowers and pharmacy. Pierre had a bunch of ideas to opt for but Glovo was the most prominent one. The idea behind creating this platform was to build a team that could do its client’s tasks and helps run their errands.
This blog offers a brief insight into how an on-demand app like Glovo functions, and things you should consider while developing the same.

History & Current Stats

Pierre, not having a stretchable budget, started off with an MVP in his hometown Barcelona, in 2015. The idea was simple in application and so it was transformed into an app. A super-simple app that had two buttons that allowed users to “Order” or “Send” something. But the app didn’t grow on their users as it was expected to.
So, it was not all fun and rainbows from the start. Pierre and the team were able to diagnose the issues that caused this lapse in judgment but some evident issues like high pricing or clients asking drivers for menu as if they were working for a restaurant required brainstorming.
In an interview with ‘Sifted’, Pierre accepted that they received a ‘No’ from 116 venture capital companies in their Series B funding. They were about to go bankrupt when the mastermind (Pierre) managed to acquire funding instead of giving up.
This was a learning curve for Glovo, and since then it has managed to raise € 460 million from Stakeholders and earned themselves the badge of a Unicorn start-up that is valued above 1 billion USD.
Glovo has seen exponential growth in just 5 years with its roots in 26 countries and over 288 cities. It has more than 20, 000 partners and around 50, 000 drivers that deliver orders on bicycles and motorcycles. Glovo has become the go-to app in countries like Spain, Portugal, and Italy where people order or send anything from food to diapers, medicines, flowers, and other necessities.

How does Glovo Food Delivery/Courier Delivery App Work?

Glovo promotes itself as a platform that delivers more than food. El Confuso! It simply means that one can order or send anything that can be transported from one place to another considering the limitations of the vehicles used by their drivers or as they like to call them “Glovers”. Let’s understand how Glovo manages to offer its services in brief.
  1. The couriers that deliver your goods are independent professionals that connect with the platform and are motivated to help you complete your task as smoothly and effectively as possible.
  2. First, you sign-up by providing your details like payment integration, address, and other personal details.
  3. After the sign-up process, Glovo offers you 3 options.
  4. You can buy anything choosing from the partners and stores that are associated with Glovo.
  5. The second option is to send something. To avail of this facility, one has to enter the pick-up location and destination. You can send anything via courier.
  6. The third and most distinctive feature that Glovo offers as opposed to other on-demand delivery apps is “Ask for something (Anything)”. Using this you can describe anything and Glovo will deliver it to you in minutes.

How much does the delivery cost?

The delivery cost varies as per the service one wants to avail of from the 3 preceding options.
  • The delivery cost for availing of any service is calculated based on the distance of that particular store from your delivery address. In simple terms, the delivery cost is directly proportional to the distance.
  • For the “Courier” and “Anything” orders, the app offers the total delivery cost once it calculates the distance between the start-up point and the destination.
  • Especially for “Anything” orders, you’ll learn the delivery cost once the courier has bought the item you ordered.
  • While ordering or sending anything from the registered partners, you’ll have to see the delivery price beforehand. The cost can vary for different partners depending on the platform’s agreement with that particular store.
  • On certain occasions, when there is a fluctuation in the price for your ordered item, the driver would buy the item if the difference is less than 30%. If not the courier will call you to seek your permission.

Glovo’s Business Model

  1. The primary source of Glovo’s revenue generation is its Commission-based model. Glovo procures 70 – 75 % of its revenue from the same. As Glovo charged commissions from hundreds of cities they provide their services in, it became their primary revenue model.
  2. This model makes the platform more affordable for the targeted niche.
  3. The platform delivers anything tangible. Yet around 80% or 3/4th of their orders are food delivery orders. The remaining 20% or 1/4th are the orders that consist of groceries, flowers, pharmacy, and much more.

What to Consider while Developing a Courier Delivery App like Glovo?

App development offers a wide variety of features and technology to choose from. One must choose the technology and features wisely as it would determine how successful or unsuccessful their app will be once it is launched.
Some of the things that are essential for creating a decent courier delivery application are as follows.

1. Business Model & Project Strategy

Choosing your business model is the building block towards creating a successful app. Selecting a business model is a task that would require a lot of research and analysis. One has to learn the expectations of their niche and inculcate features encapsulating their needs.

Another crucial task would be identifying their competitors and ways in which their model can disrupt the existing competition. Another major requirement is recognizing the tools and resources required to build an effective app.

2. Prototype Testing

Designing an app is an art in itself. To learn the basics of designing an app you can learn new insights from our blog ‘Impact of influential UI/UX in improving your App Interactions’.

Your brand’s strategy should be in congruence with your design. One must experiment with myriad app mockups and prototypes to learn how their app performs when used for longer durations. Your app will be a representation of what your company is. Deciding color schemes, fonts, content, app flow, etc., are some things that require expertise.

The appeal that a well-designed UI/UX creates is euphoric. It holds the power to create or destroy your app’s impression from the first use itself.

3. Landing Page

A landing page is really useful for performing many supporting functions. It can make the users aware of the services you’re going to provide once your app is ready for launch. A landing page creates a feeling of curiosity. It’s like an exciting trailer to your favorite superhero movie. It’s a platform to reveal your brand’s story, provide answers to the FAQs circling the user’s minds.

4. Promotional Strategies

Social Media, Content, and standard SEO practices are the 3 areas that can help you reach the masses. Since we don’t live in the 80s anymore it has become really easy to reach people if one knows the right practices. It can increase your app’s visibility and ranking even before it’s launched. With around 2.5 million apps on the Google app store, the users must learn that an app like yours exists.

5. Customize Your App as Per the Region

Your app should be customizable as per the changing geography. For example, you should offer local favorite cuisines, payment methods, and other relevant content as per the country you’re targeting.

Top Features for On-Demand Courier delivery app development

An on-demand courier delivery app has to coordinate between 4 main participants on the platform.
  1. Customer
  2. Restaurant or Store Partners
  3. Drivers
  4. Admin
Let’s have a look at what individual features of the preceding participants of an on-demand courier delivery app.

Customer Features

  • Easy sign-in/sign-up
  • Dashboard
  • Communication Panel
  • Location tracking
  • Secure payment Gateways
  • User Profile

Restaurant & Store Partners

  • Sign-in/ Sign-up
  • Cross-Interface Communication (With Client & Driver)
  • Order Management
  • Dashboard
  • Tracking Options
  • Customer Relationship Management

Driver Features

  • Sign-up
  • Manage orders
  • Status update
  • Live to track
  • Driver profile
  • Account settings

Admin Features

  • Add &/or Remove Restaurant partners/ Stores &/or Drivers
  • Manage Restaurant & Store Partners / Drivers
  • Communication Panel (With Drivers, Restaurant & Store Partners & Customers)
  • Account settings
  • Logistics
These are the basic features that are required to build a basic functioning on-demand courier delivery app.
Having understood the features of the app, let’s move on to learning the cost to develop the same and how to go about it.

How to go about building an on-demand delivery app like Glovo or courier delivery app development?

Creating an app is an exciting venture filled with interesting learning curves and challenges. It requires a skilled and professional development team that can promptly encrypt your business idea using reliable tech. If you’re someone who isn’t familiar with the technical jargon then seeking help from professional IT service providers would serve you the best.
An app doesn’t only serve as a medium for you to communicate with your platform’s participants but also acts as the only source which helps users directly connect with your business. As a part of a mobile & web development company, it is important to highlight how vital your online presence can prove in the initial years of your launch.
The features you choose for your app take stipulated time to be developed. The simplicity or sophistication of your app directly impacts the development cost, with the latter type of app being costlier. This means that the more features you inculcate in your app, the costlier it will be.

App development process & cost to make an on-demand delivery app like Glovo

The app development process is a complicated one, it requires a thorough analysis of your business model and brainstorming of ideas that would help convert those ideas into a tangible product. You can hire freelancers or an app development company for your app development project. Hiring IT service companies give you access to all the masterminds they have hired. A complete squad of designers, coders, QAs, content specialists, and project managers that can create the app you want over a disciplined timeline.
As each feature you include takes a dedicated amount of time, the development cost is directly proportional to the feature you inculcate. The project manager will quote you the cost as per the estimated time it would take for them to build it.
Another factor that can affect your app budget is the region you choose for your app development. For example, an IT service professional developing your app in the US would charge you at a 250 – 300 USD/per hour rate, while an IT service company in India like Technource would charge 25 – 50 USD / per hour.
To conclude the blog, we learned the history and ways Glovo has designed to run its on-demand courier delivery app. In addition to this, we gained insight into how to go about making an on-demand app and the features that can deliver maximum results.
We at Technource hold considerable experience in mobile apps and website development services. So, if you have a similar app idea under the hood, don’t hesitate to knock on our doors anytime.
Note: We do not make clones of any exact application, Glovo like app means to us is how better we can execute your app idea with existing app features and experience.
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Mr. Sanjay Singh Rajpurohit, An early-aged entrepreneur who always leads his team from the front and achieved success. As the founder & CEO of Technource, a top AngularJS development company, he made a global presence in a short time by offering custom software development, premium mobile apps and website development services.

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