How much does it cost to build a delivery app?

Standard price for a delivery app: $21,667

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What is a delivery app?

A delivery app is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables users to order and pay for goods and services from local establishments. Delivery apps typically allow users to view menus from local stores, place orders for home or office delivery with specific restaurants, schedule deliveries in advance with multiple food shops, and track the progress of their orders. Delivery apps may also include features such as loyalty programs and optional add-ons like gift cards.

delivery apps are similar to task apps, ride-hailing apps, and transportation rental apps. TaskRabbit and PostMates are two well-known delivery services. App type: Task app Task apps share similarities with dating apps, professional networking apps, meetup apps, event planning apps, and delivery services. TaskRabbit and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk are examples of tasking services

Here are some recent delivery app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • The app would essentially be an uber copycat, but with one important distinction - pricing is based on drivers bidding against each other.

  • A white label mobile delivery app that offers drivers the flexibility to pick which tasks they want to do in which order.

  • This delivery app is similar to Weedmaps or Eaze. The MVP version does not need realtime tracking, GPS functionality, or other frills. Just a customer logs in, buys product, and someone from the business delivers it.

What is the typical cost to build a delivery app?

A delivery app usually costs $21,667 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $10,000 or as high as $50,000. A delivery app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent delivery app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $35,000

  • $15,000

  • $15,000

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of a app:

How long does it take to build a delivery app?

A delivery app usually takes 289 hours to build. However, a delivery app can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 667 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent delivery apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 467

  • 200

  • 200

How to successfully grow your delivery application

A delivery app can help to grow its customer base by attracting new users by offering a more convenient way to order food and other items. Delivery apps can also grow their business by offering exclusive deals for new users, and building brand awareness by advertising on social media and with push notifications. In addition, delivery apps can use in-app messaging to encourage users to engage with the platform by requesting feedback about their experience or inviting them to participate in surveys.

Risks and challenges of building a delivery application

A delivery app is likely to face a variety of regulatory compliance risks. You will want to ensure that you are in compliance with local regulations and that your platform is designed to prevent the theft of goods, the destruction of property, and personal injury. You may also wish to ensure that your platform is able to scale in case of a surge in demand for deliveries during a weather emergency or natural disaster.

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