Food delivery services are increasingly popular in major cities, and Vancouver foodies will soon have a new option. Hurrier, an online bike delivery company specializing in quality restaurants that wouldn’t otherwise deliver, is coming to Vancouver in October.
Founded in 2013, Toronto-based Hurrier uses bike delivery peddle power and mapping algorithms to deliver meals from the city’s top restaurants in 30 minutes or less. Expanding beyond Toronto into Vancouver and Montreal, Hurrier will continue to pursue their goal of connecting people who love food with some of their hometown’s most popular restaurants.
“Vancouver has always been on our road map,” says Adam Hasham, Hurrier’s founder. “We think that both restaurants and customers are craving great delivery options, that are fast, and provide awesome service.”
Unlike many companies in Vancouver’s meal takeaway market, Hurrier organizes the entire delivery process, from the restaurant’s kitchen to customers’ doors. In addition to providing an easy-to-use order platform, the company coordinates all deliveries using a unique algorithm to identify the optimal route and driver for each order. Having full control over the delivery process enables the company to achieve an average delivery time of 30 minutes.
When asked what sets Hurrier apart from other delivery companies already operating in Vancouver, Hasham said, “a couple of things: first, our technology allows us to provide the fastest and freshest delivery possible. Second, we allow the restaurants to focus on what they do best – just make killer food. We handle the rest as a full service – we find the customers, handle the delivery and own the customer support. Lastly, we curate a selection of only the best restaurants the city has to offer.”
Come October, Vancouver-based customers will be able to place their orders online through usehurrier.com. After a destination address has been entered, followed by restaurant selection and an order placement, the two-wheeled Hurrier bike courier, equipped with GPS devices, will pick up the order from the restaurant and complete the delivery. All meals are paid for online with a credit card, removing the need for payment upon delivery.
Customers in Vancouver will pay menu prices, plus a small delivery fee (approximately $2 on average). For restaurants, it costs nothing to participate. Hurrier only makes money when they send participating restaurants an order, and they take a commission on that order.
“We have found this model is appealing to restaurants as they have very low costs on orders that we bring them, without the normal fixed and labour costs,” Hasham says.
The eco-friendly bicycle courier service is already signing local restaurants here in Vancouver ahead of the upcoming launch. At this time Hasham can’t name any names, in regards to partner restaurants, but says Hurrier has been lucky to attract some great brands.
Lookout for Hurrier’s fleet of bicycle couriers, when they hit the streets this October. For further developments and the announcement of participating restaurants, check Hurrier’s social media pages.