With many Toronto restaurants pushing back on additional fees and commissions with popular food delivery apps like UberEats, Beck Taxi is stepping in to announce that the cab company is offering a $10 flat fee for delivery orders within a three-kilometre radius, and $2.50 for each additional kilometre.
Beck’s operations manager Kristine Hubbard told NOW Magazine that deliveries usually account for 15 to 20 per cent of Beck’s business, so it was a simple decision to rollout a new flat fee program.
In recent weeks, Toronto restaurants such as Sugo, Cibo Wine Bar, and Il Fornelleo have either begun to protest UberEats, or in the case of Sugo, pulled their restaurant from the delivery app’s roster altogether.
UPDATE ALERT! The Beck app now makes it even easier to receive restaurant deliveries. Fewer entries and easier to use. Your food to your door FAST #STAYHOMEDELIVERY #FORTORONTOBYTORONTO #SUPPORTLOCAL pic.twitter.com/d0PDfJi11a
— Beck Taxi (@BeckTaxi) May 7, 2020
“There’s a bit of a hostage scenario that these apps have presented for restaurants,” Hubbard told NOW. “You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”
Beck Taxi’s fleet has been decreased by roughly 75 per cent during the pandemic, but they continue to operate with about 300 cars on the road.