The city will require food delivery services to tell customers how much money they're charging restaurants, which are struggling during the pandemic, for deliveries.
Instead of mandating a 15% fee as other cities (like Evanston) have done, Chicago will require delivery services to show their fee. Let consumers then choose what services to use.
My first thought is this is clever. Within a few weeks, the services will find an equilibrium with what customers are willing to see restaurants charged before switching to order direct through the restaurant. Of course, many restaurants won't even let people order direct (the high volume ones) because the commission costs less than employing a person to handle phone calls.
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It will also be interesting to see if any of the companies reduce their fee in Chicago before the 22nd.
And will GrubHub and Uber coordinate to have the same fee now that they are in bed?