DoorDash is winning the battle for the ’burbs


November 12, 2019

November 12, 2019

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Happy Tuesday, folks and gentlepeople. There’s a lot going on. Today:

  • DoorDash delivers dominance by thinking outside the city.
  • Wine investors think Scandinavia looks kinda pretty.
  • Apple’s co-founder thinks his own company’s card is sh*tty.

Stay curious.

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The secret to DoorDash’s delivery dominance? The ’burbs, baybeee

Over the past few years, big businesses from Uber Eats to GrubHub have competed to be the one to cook up the most massive food delivery system.

But despite backlash related to its tipping policy, DoorDash surpassed both GrubHHub and Uber Eats over the past year to become the dominant deliverer. 

And now DoorDash is the delivery dynamo to eat beat 

As of September 2019, D-Dash commands roughly 35% of online food delivery sales, well more than GrubHub (~30% market share) and Uber Eats (~20% market share).

Launched in 2013, DoorDash hasn’t been around as long as competitors GrubHub (launched 2004) and Postmates (launched 2011) — although it does predate Uber Eats, which was launched in 2014. 

What it lacks in experience, though, it makes up for in cold hard cash: The delivery dynamo has around $2B in funding since it launched, including a $535m round in 2018 led by controversial Japanese investment giant SoftBank.

But the Big Bucks from SoftBank are only half the story…

DoorDash was only able to hit a growth grand slam by swinging for the fences — the picket fences, to be precise.

Other delivery businesses focused on expanding their services in major cities, but DoorDash instead doubled down on suburbs in an effort to cater to different demographics.

According to Bloomberg, DoorDash operates in 4k towns; Uber Eats, on the other hand, only operates in 500 cities. And, to better serve the ’burbs, DoorDash partnered with almost 90% of the top 100 US restaurant brands, including brands like Chili’s, which operates 80% of its locations in the suburbs.

The suburbs were good for growth…

But they weren’t necessarily good for the business’s bottom line. 

That’s right: Before you start salivating over DoorDash’s delicious business model, be warned: The company’s still not profitable.

Like many other companies that have been turbocharged by investment from SoftBank, DoorDash prioritized growth over profitability — a move that frustrated investors to the point that one even suggested a sale to rival Uber.

It’s a good reminder to investors: Growth comes in many different flavors… but not all of them taste so sweet.

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Warmer weather heats up Scandinavian wine industry

Planning a bachelorette party in wine country? It might be time to nix Napa in favor of… Kalundborg? 

The wine industry is one of many being stomped on by climate change, and some bet Scandinavia will be the next big thing in viticulture.

Warmer temps are redrawing the winemaking map

Climatologists predict that by 2050 Scandinavia will warm up by as much as 43 degrees Fahrenheit. Already, warmer temperatures have contributed to a longer growing season, which has been a boon to white wine production.

Meanwhile, winemakers in France, Italy, and Spain are struggling with record high temperatures. Over the summer, they saw grapes burn on the vine as temps hit 105 degrees. Producers in South America, California, and Australia are also expected to take hits as the world gets warmer.

But don’t look for the Scandi-section at your local market just yet

Scandinavian wine revenues are still small next to those of other countries. Think $15.4m for all three countries compared with $30.8B in France alone. 

It’s still significantly more expensive to produce wine in Scandinavia, in part because these countries do not receive any of the billions in subsidies the European Union gives winemakers in other parts of Europe. And winemakers in Denmark and Sweden have EU approval to grow less than 1k acres of vineyards, while producers in France, Italy, and Spain operate on about 7.5m acres. 

Still, growth has been rapid. In the past 15 years, Denmark went from 2 commercial vineyards to 90. There are about 40 in Sweden and 12 in Norway. How do you say “cheers” in Danish?

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