Takeout & Delivery With Zero Commission

Chow Local is a commission-free online ordering and delivery platform for restaurants. We charge a low monthly fee, enabling many restaurant owners to save thousands of dollars every month.

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Below are questions that are frequently asked by restaurant owners & operators.

  • How much does it cost?

    Pricing varies by city. We have plans starting at $49/month. Contact us to request our latest pricing in your city.

  • How many orders will my place get?

    Chow Local serves as an alternative to major delivery apps with high commissions, offering a cost-saving solution for restaurants.
    Success on our platform depends on various factors, including the restaurant's popularity, current takeout & delivery volume, and whether they are listed on other food delivery apps.
    For restaurants generating $15K+ in monthly orders through Chow Local, exclusivity tends to play a key role. Establishing a presence solely on our platform ensures that loyal customers, who regularly order and appreciate the restaurant's offerings, consistently choose our platform. This can be facilitated through our mobile app, website, or the restaurant's website integrated with our direct online ordering system. Ultimately, success with Chow Local involves strategic efforts to divert customers from larger delivery apps to our platform.

  • How do restaurants get paid?

    Restaurants manage their own payments through our platform using Stripe.
    This tutorial video guides you through Stripe's easy setup process.
    Unlike weekly payouts, Stripe processes payments daily, ensuring timely deposits into your bank account.

    You have full control over refunds. If issues arise, customers contact you directly for resolutions. This empowers you to address complaints and offer refunds without third-party intervention, unlike major delivery apps that often refund orders at the restaurant's expense.

  • How does delivery work?

    Restaurants have the flexibility to either use their own couriers or opt for on-demand delivery by requesting a courier from our platform when they have an order to deliver. Our platform links community restaurants with nearby delivery drivers (couriers) on our platform.

  • How much is the delivery fee?

    The delivery fee varies based on the delivery distance, and our system calculates it in real time during the order placement. The fee is determined by the customer's delivery address and the distance from the restaurant, and it is displayed on the order details screen during checkout. Our fees are community-specific, ensuring competitiveness while enabling our drivers to earn a fair income.

  • How many drivers do you have?

    We receive daily driver applications exceeding our current needs, resulting in a waiting list that typically boasts 5-10 drivers for every restaurant on our platform. We carefully manage the active driver count to optimize the earning potential for each driver on our platform and ensure there are enough active drivers to handle delivery demand in each community.

  • How are drivers paid?

    Restaurants are responsible for paying our drivers directly. It's important to note that while the restaurant covers the driver's payment, the customer pays a delivery fee when placing an order. This delivery fee essentially gets passed on to the driver, along with any tips, as they receive 100% of both. As a platform, we don't take any cut from the delivery fee or tips.

  • What happens if a driver messes up?

    Since Chow Local drivers earn 100% of the delivery fee and tip, they take full responsibility for every delivery they accept. If something goes wrong and the restaurant owner has to issue a refund, the driver will get suspended until they reimburse you for the order. Why should the restaurant or the platform pay for a driver's mistake? Fair is fair!

  • Do we get a free tablet & printer?

    "We operate differently from larger delivery apps that charge high commissions and provide free hardware. At Chow Local, each restaurant is responsible for providing their own mobile tablet and printer upon signing up. We prioritize transparency and flexibility in our approach.

  • Can we manage our menu and change prices etc.?

    Managing your menu on our platform is a breeze. After signing up, simply add your menu. Once added, you have the flexibility to effortlessly edit menu items, including descriptions and pricing. Watch this tutorial video to see just how easy it is for restaurants to update their menu.

  • Is there an app we use to process orders?

    To process orders, restaurants can download our free mobile app, 'Chow Local Manager,' available on the App Store or Play Store. Install it on any iPhone, iPad, or Android device to accept and process orders. The user-friendly app notifies you or your staff instantly when an order is received, ensuring efficient management.

  • How does Chow Local work with my website?

    Every restaurant on our platform receives a unique link to seamlessly connect their website with the Chow Local online ordering page. If you don't have a website, no worries – we include a free mobile-friendly website with our monthly fee. Simply indicate your need for a website when filling out the signup form, and we'll set it up for you.

If our Frequently Asked Questions section did not answer all your questions, feel free to click on the button below to ask us any other questions you may have.

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Happy Driver, Happy Customer

Chow Local drivers earn 100% of the delivery fee (and tip) that customers pay when ordering food. As a platform, we don't take a cut! This ensures our drivers make as much money as possible, ultimately keeping them happy!

In addition to ensuring our drivers are taken care of, our logistics system keeps track of drivers and promotes those who consistently show up on time and receive the best feedback from customers.

Best of all, Chow Local drivers take full responsibility for every delivery they accept. If something goes wrong, and you (as the restaurant owner) have to issue a refund, the driver will reimburse you for the order. Fair is fair!

Our approach delivers a superior customer experience, unmatched by the competition.