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Zomato to Launch a Service where People can Order Home-Cooked Food

"Guys, kabhi kabhi ghar ka khana bhi kha lena chahiye (one should eat home-made food once in a while)," tweeted Zomato

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"Guys, kabhi kabhi ghar ka khana bhi kha lena chahiye (one should eat home-made food once in a while)," tweeted Zomato. Wikimedia Commons

A latest tweet by food delivery platform Zomato has triggered speculations that it may launch a service where people can order home-made food — like that age-old tiffin service which is still popular in several parts of the country especially among students, working-class people and those living in private hostels.

“Guys, kabhi kabhi ghar ka khana bhi kha lena chahiye (one should eat home-made food once in a while),” tweeted Zomato. It’s Founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal replied: “Who did this? Good tweet”.

Its rival Swiggy is already catering to over 1,000 customers in Gurugram with its new app called “Swiggy Daily” that lets people order home-cooked meals prepared by tiffin service providers and home chefs.

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The tweet by Zomato is an indication that it is set to launch a Swiggy-style home-cooked meal service. Wikimedia Commons

The new Swiggy app comes with a subscription-only plan for a period of one day or week or for months.

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The tweet by Zomato is an indication that it is set to launch a Swiggy-style home-cooked meal service. “@deepigoyal toh bulao na Bhai Ghar par,” tweeted one user. “New product launch for home chef food delivery?” wrote another.

Zomato last year faced a controversy where one of its food delivery agent was seen eating the customer’s food in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. A consumer court last week slapped Rs 55,000 fine on Zomato along with a hotel for delivering non-vegetarian food to a lawyer who had ordered a vegetarian dish. (IANS)

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Zomato Aims to Serve 20 Crore People in India

Out of the total delivery partner network in non-metro cities, 20 per cent are on bicycles

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Some restaurants reportedly delisted themselves from "platforms such as Zomato Gold, EazyDiner, Dineout's Gourmet Passport, Nearbuy, MagicPin among others. Pixabay

Zomato Founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal on Tuesday said the online food delivery platform aims to serve 20 crore people in India over the next few years who will order food at least five times a month.

Admitting that his thoughts may be “labelled as stupid for saying out loud,” Goyal said that out of the 20 crore future Zomato users, nearly 2 crore will order food once a day, 24X7.

“These 20 crore people (and in some time, many more than that) are the real India. And that India is coming of age. Domestic consumption in India is what it is – and it is going to grow as it is,” Goyal said in a blog post.

Zomato is delivering 1.3 million orders a day from 150,000 restaurants across India at more than 10 orders per restaurant per day.

Stressing upon Cloud kitchens, Goyal said the food aggregator platform is committed to develop cloud kitchens to bridge the supply gap.

“I want to re-emphasise that we will never compete with our restaurateur partners – we will only build the kitchens – but they will be operated by restaurant brands,” said Goyal.

Zomato’s kitchens are operational in 50 cities across India, with 110 kitchen hubs (either completed or under construction). In total, there are 663 kitchen units and kiosks.

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Zomato in a smartphone device. Pixabay

Zomato’s revenue for the first half of the financial year 2019-20 saw a massive three-fold jump – from $63 million in the same period in 2018-2019 to $205 million.

The Zomato CEO also touched upon how the company is helping users understand what food delivery means and how they can use the Zomato app for their family in over 400 cities in India.

Zomato is currently present in 556 cities.

Trivandrum was Zomato’s 50th city in November 2018 and Leh was the 500th in July this year.

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Zomato is also uninterruptedly active in 10 cities (Guwahati, Nagaon, Jorhat, Agartala, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Shillong, Tinsukia and Aizawl) in the North East region.

“Tier 3 and 4 cities now contribute 35 per cent of the monthly order volume. These cities are relatively small but are growing at a frenetic pace,” said Goyal.

Out of the total delivery partner network in non-metro cities, 20 per cent are on bicycles. (IANS)