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Online ordering services seem too expensive. Are they really profitable for restaurants?

With the rise of online ordering for restaurants, the idea that online ordering can actually cost you money has become a popular myth among restaurant owners. But it’s just that: a myth.

When done correctly, online ordering can be very profitable. The trick is understanding the concept of incremental profit.

Incremental profit is a fancy way of calculating the profitability of a business decision when you don’t include fixed expenses that you already have to pay for — things like rent, most labor costs, insurance and electricity.

In the example below, we remove fixed expenses that you must pay for, regardless of whether you offer online ordering, and we add an additional 10% cost for more kitchen staff to prepare your online orders. We also add a 25-30% online ordering fee.

As you can see, when you remove fixed expenses, your profit margins for online ordering can actually be as high as 30-40% percent — much higher than on-premise dining!

So what are the key takeaways?

  • When calculating profitability, exclude your fixed costs
  • Account for incremental Labor Costs from your increased online ordering volume
  • Online ordering can account for 30-40% incremental profit!

Without online ordering, you’re missing out on incremental profit and the thousands of new users signing up for online ordering platforms every single day.

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Alex Canter

Alex is a restaurant industry innovator, in-demand speaker, and passionate advocate for restaurant operators and workers. He was raised in the kitchen of the world-famous Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, where he invented Ordermark. A fourth-generation restaurateur, the restaurant business has been in Alex’s blood for over 85 years. In addition to being the visionary and leader of Ordermark, Alex is active with the Techstars network and enjoys mentoring other restaurant technology entrepreneurs. A 2019 recipient of the Forbes 30 Under 30, Alex has previously led several technology ventures.