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Growing Pains with Food Aggregators: What’s The Solution?

Online food delivery is one of the most talked-about growth industries of the current age, having birthed multiple unicorns and even decacorns (exactly what it sounds like) across Silicon Valley and the Asia Pacific region alike. Having forged relationships with courier drivers everywhere from Brisbane to Melbourne and supplying courier driver jobs from Melbourne to Adelaide, we’ve been right on the cusp of this rapidly rising new industry.

Part of what makes online food delivery so exciting to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists alike isn’t just the numbers, though they are impressive.

"Frost & Sullivan estimates that taking into account the industry’s 14% growth rate, online food delivery currently sits around $82 billion in gross revenue ($2.4 billion in Australia alone) and will rise to double that figure by 2025."

Recent reports also show that even the baby boomers are on-board with more off-premise dining. The National Restaurant Association shows that 51% of baby boomers want to order food delivery more often than they do now.

However, what’s really getting investors and pundits riled is the fact that food delivery dovetails so well with some of the other big tech trends set to define the 21st century: automation, driverless automotive tech, personalisation at scale, and the gig economy.

However, the industry has recently been running into some trouble, dovetailing instead with aggregators increasingly dictating the terms of business in the hospitality industry. Five years ago, there were only a handful of online food aggregators. Today, the industry is a behemoth that sends 80 million orders each month. Ordering food online is convenient, and restaurants can gain from the extra visibility. But who is raking in the profits? Five years into the food delivery boom, many restaurants have now come to the conclusion that they are losing more than they gain. The biggest irritant is the steep discounting game which has started to hurt margins.

There’s a lot of confusion in the food delivery market, with a lot of people and businesses burnt by the big aggregators in the food delivery space. These players are charging restaurants upwards of 30 percent of each order in fees. While hospitality can be a balancing act, gripped by FOMO (fear of missing out), the next step to meet customer expectations and drive business will be the integration of last mile delivery. But how can restaurants dodge the often-unreasonable requirements of the big aggregators?

We at Drive Yello are proud to be at the forefront of giving vendors a platform to integrate the next wave of service at a custom and manageable scale. Creating space for giving restaurants back their profit margins. Our platform gives businesses the freedom to choose one or more Drive Yello products to deliver on their last mile goals.

Restaurants providing, or planning on providing, a last mile delivery service have found that delivery profit can be elusive when finding a business to partner with. The hurdles faced are most prevalent when a third-party becomes the order management system too. No such thing with Yello. Your customers are yours. By keeping the order-processing in house and having flexible delivery solutions, eateries are able to develop a direct delivery experience for their customers.

"“The [hybrid model] has economic benefits. It helps you leverage your existing infrastructure with your online ordering.”"
Scott Gladstone, VP of Strategy and Development, Applebee's

At Drive Yello, we like to think we do things a bit differently from other providers. One of the reasons our courier community enjoy being an independent contractor on the Yello platform and utilising our platform is because we make as big of a commitment to the courier as we do to the businesses who use our services. We offer real flexibility with a selection of on-demand, shift, and scheduled deliveries; which gives the courier the ability to deliver for a range of different retailers with hassle-free contracting. No one’s pocketing the money the courier has earned, all of the invoicing and payment is automatic and above board.

Moving beyond the invisible boundaries that couriers face, Drive Yello is also at the forefront of other delivery industries. Couriers may have thought they were stuck at a dead end in the food industry. The breadth of industry covered by the Yello platform partnerships gives drivers new opportunities. Moving into retail, where the consumer pays for the deliveries, couriers can move forward into other industries too.

Drive Yello is outshining the competition and ensuring fairness is met in all industries. Restaurants and eateries are a great example of how we can get the last mile delivery solutions right for everyone.


Have your own team of couriers.
Track them and your deliveries.
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Startup Of The Year 2019 NORA Solution Partner Excellence Awards

October 2019 was definitely a month worth celebrating. It was not only when Drive Yello reached a key startup milestone, 5 years since our CEO had one of those “surely there’s an app for that” moments but we were also voted to be the best start up in 2019 by retailers around Australia at the Nora awards.

The business has evolved over the last 5 years, initially focusing on delivering fast food for brands suchs as Menulog, McDonalds and La Porchetta. A few years in we moved into Grocery and Alcohol and now deliver Woolworths groceries & BWS drinks in less than an hour.  More recent times has seen Drive Yello diversify even further now delivering anything bought online from electronics to fashion, flowers to hardware for brands such as Cue clothing, Sheike and Glamcorner. 

We have discovered the need for fast delivery spans multiple verticals and we are proud to present businesses and consumers with last mile delivery solutions on demand and tailored to them. Given our growth and recent entry into delivering for major retailers we were humbled and proud to be awarded Best Startup at the 2019 NORA awards

NORA (The National Online Retailers Association) hold this award event annually to celebrate solution partner excellence across Australia and New Zealand. Each year there are multiple solution based providers nominated for a variety of awards. This year we were nominated for four awards. 

A huge thankyou to our fellow retailers across Australia and New Zealand that voted for us. To be recognised as best startup by our industry peers and partners is a great achievement and honour. 

NORA’s solution partner excellence awards are leading in their field. They celebrate and recognise the impact these solution businesses and partnerships have and the ecosystem that is built around them. They stand uniquely in the industry with a consideration for involvement at all levels. This year over 7,000 votes were received from participating retailers. It’s a great turn out and continues to inspire great work and innovation in the industry.

It’s an exciting time for Drive Yello. Last mile delivery is continuing to grow and dovetail with some of the biggest tech trends that are set up to define the 21st century; automation, driverless automotive tech, personalisation at scale, and the gig economy.

Get in touch to learn more.

How to Overcome the Last Mile Delivery Challenges of Floristry

Drive Yello is used by countless businesses to manage courier driver jobs across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and beyond, so we know a thing or two about the different considerations each business has when it comes to last-mile delivery. From food and beverages to flowers and tech gear, each business Drive Yello works with has had its own unique needs and pain points that we’ve helped address.

Our recent experience has shown that floristry is where we’ve seen a high demand for quality last-mile courier services who understand that a minute saved on delivery time can make all the difference. It’s never been truer where florists who don’t offer flexibility in their delivery services can struggle to compete, particularly against the larger providers in town who are now offering a range of delivery times to meet the customer demand – 1-3 hour, same day, twilight and weekends.

Of course, to optimise your delivery logistics is easier said than done. A flashy website and an online payment portal is just a couple of pieces of the puzzle. The real challenge can sometimes not be about getting customers through the door–your brand & beautiful flowers will take care of that–it’s getting your product out the door and into the hands of eagerly awaiting customers.

This is where Drive Yello can transform your business by not only helping you increase your delivery income stream but in helping you tackle one of the biggest challenges of the floristry business–managing last-mile delivery.

Drive Yello has made life easier for countless florists. Just ask Dan Groch co-founder of Fig & Bloom,

"Yello is, without doubt, the best delivery driver network in Australia. We’ve tried several of Yello’s competitors and have been let down by drivers who don’t show up to work, didn’t respect our fragile products (flowers) and who had no apparent pride in their work. Yello stands out for their commitment to attracting the best quality drivers and providing stunning customer service. Highly recommend!"

Delivering flowers is different than delivering other products, presentation is everything. It’s not simply a matter of ensuring a customer’s order is correct and gets there on time. As a flower business, your reputation is staked on not only ensuring the product is on-time but that it’s delivered in the state it was intended. Florists already have enough to worry about, ensuring their most experienced designers are rostered on at the right times and flowers are unspoiled and ready to be made into stunning bouquets and arrangements.

Reputation is everything when it comes to floristry. A poor review left on Google, Facebook, or the dozens of other avenues customers now have to recount their experience online can make or break a flower business. There’s simply no room for late deliveries or products that turn up on the customer’s door that look the opposite of the gorgeous photos that inspired the order in the first place. 

Not only do the couriers on Yello understand the delicate nature of flowers they are more cost-effective and deliver faster than traditional couriers. Intelligent batching and route optimisation are just two features that help make Yello deliveries more efficient. Our clients also love Drive Yello’s local customer success team and live support as they aim to please when it comes to delivering great customer experiences. Just ask Kyle from Mr Roses….

"AMAZING customer service team – every time I have spoken to someone they have gone above and beyond to help and great value and user-friendly system."

The customer experience is enhanced further with consumer tracking enabling the person buying the flowers to track when their gift arrives with their intended recipient. A customer experience not normally associated with flower delivery.

If you are interested in taking your flower delivery to the next level, let Drive Yello be your partner in protecting your online reputation and delivering a great experience for all your customers and their loved ones.

Say goodbye to Uber Eats & Deliveroo

In the last six years, we have seen tremendous growth of online food ordering platforms. Globally there is a myriad of players, here in Australia the dominant players are Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Menulog. They have provided a high level of convenience for the consumer which has resulted in takeaway food being delivered to our homes more than ever before. But, at what cost to the restaurant or cafe providing the food. You would think that restaurant owners would be dancing in the streets with all this new business coming in, but the aggregator model is proving to be more of a cranky neighbour telling you to turn the music down than a DJ pumping up the party. 

Aggregators are reportedly taking up to 35% + the delivery fee charged to the customer, that doesn’t leave much profit for the restaurant. Restaurants all around Australia are starting to take a stand and are either choosing to not offer home delivery anymore, stick with old school delivery promotion and receive orders over the phone or build their own app or web ordering system.

55% of all home deliveries are still ordered over the phone ☎️

Just ask Tony Plunkett, a veteran restaurateur who helped the ride-sharing giant break into the Sydney market with their food delivery app, and who recently told News Corp that ‘UberEats is responsible for decimating his once successful burger business and leaving him hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt’.

According to Plunkett, his business, On It Burgers’ ‘dark kitchen’ (delivery-only), whose menu was exclusive to UberEats became so overwhelmingly popular that Uber was struggling to keep up with the demand. As a result, Plunkett claims, Uber effectively killed his reach. As he told News Corp, Uber allegedly limited his delivery zone during peak time in order to better keep up with On It Burgers’ volume of orders. This decimated the number of deliveries and as a result, the amount of revenue coming through the door.

This is the case for many QSR businesses as they not only lose control over their own marketing and therefore demand but they also lose the direct relationship with the customer. So, what could Mr Plunkett have done? Are there other avenues for businesses looking to take their last-mile delivery away from the clutches of the big aggregators?

The good news is Drive Yello offers a solution that puts the control back in the hands of the retailer, where it ought to be. The ‘Yello’ last-mile delivery platform can help you manage your own fleet of drivers or book a crowdsourced courier for a single delivery or an entire shift. Most importantly it also enables businesses to provide an “Uber” like experience to their customers without giving away all their margin. Many businesses simply don’t have the time or the means to implement their own last-mile delivery infrastructure, but with Yello, you don’t have to.

 With Yello, you can track and manage each delivery with complete visibility. Post shifts to the Yello marketplace or select an on-demand single delivery to find qualified and rated drivers or riders who will get your product to customers fast and on time. Meanwhile, our crowdsourced courier service ensures your Yello experience grows and scales with your business.

Drive Yello makes it easy to get up and running as we are integrated with POS and Online ordering platforms such as Mobi2Go, DeliverIT (DPOS), Ordermate, Order Up, Menulog and Kounta with more integrations coming in the next couple of months. Even if we’re not integrated with your POS you can still get started tomorrow by asking the courier to put the customer details into the Yello Courier app and then you and your customer can track them to their door.

Demand for convenience is not going to go away anytime soon, with the Yello platform QSRs can improve the experience for home diners without having to foot the Uber bill. The slide show below provides a quick overview of Yello’s features that can help QSRs take back control of their delivery business. We can provide the tech to manage their own team or help them find couriers to deliver their food. Either option gives QSRs an option to meet the demands and expectations of their customers without giving up all their profits.


Have your own team of couriers.
Track them and your deliveries.
Provide an Uber like experience to your customers
Get control of your own business

Subscriptions start as low as $50 a month


Book a courier On Demand* or for a Shift
Out source your delivery team
Scale-up and down as required
Get control of your own business

*Only available in certain regions


What started out as two very distinctive crazy discount shopping days, Black Friday & Cyber Monday, has now become an online frenzy weekend for great deals on all sorts of products from fashion to electronics. At DY we like to call it Black Cyber Weekend and this year it is from Friday 29th November till Monday 2nd December.

Black Friday originally focused on in-store discounts but in more recent years it has also leaked into the online world. There are still advantages to visiting the store if you get in early enough, as bigger discounts are made available to in-store customers. Cyber Monday, on the other hand, was created to specifically target online shoppers, which is obviously more convenient than waking up at 4:00 am and battling the crowds but also means you are competing with a wider audience and the item you are after can sell out quickly.

Both days are bumper e-commerce days, 66 Million people shopped online in the US on Black Friday and 81 Million on Cyber Monday in 2017. In 2018, Cyber Monday was the largest shopping day in history, making a record $7.9billion in the US. Cyber Monday offers are also being made available on the Sunday prior by some retailers, turning the whole weekend into a discount shoppers dream.

Black Cyber Weekend is not only a US phenomenon with more Australians not only buying from the US on these days but expecting Australian retailers to follow suit. With this online sales growth comes the expectation for greater convenience and that means, not only more deliveries (as opposed to click and collect) but faster delivery times.

Consumers have shown that faster or even more precise delivery times is what they are demanding.


Is your business ready for the increase in demand for convenience that will be expected on Black Cyber Weekend in 2019?


A Quick Checklist: Black Cyber Weekend Ready

  • Pick and pack: complete within an hour (express) or 3 hours (same day)
  • Pick up: From warehouse (same day) or retail stores (express)
  • Stock control: Stock management systems in place
  • Delivery: Integration of e-commerce platform with your courier provider (Drive Yello)

If you are a retailer currently offering Click and Collect or extended delivery then you probably have most of the above in place already. However, if you are looking to offer a same day service or even better, 1-3 hours, then Drive Yello can work with you to create a solution that suits your retail business and delivers quality customer experience. 

If you need assistance in the implementation of internal processes, CX360 partners with Drive Yello to help retailers deliver advanced omnichannel customer experiences. We work with senior leadership to prepare for the introduction of same-day delivery services to drive maximum customer satisfaction, whilst building consensus across internal stakeholder groups and establishing solid business readiness.

Three ways to integrate with Yello:

  1. Integrate your proprietary e-commerce platform directly with Drive Yello via our API
  2. Integrate using the Shippit platform to connect Shopify, Magento or Big Commerce
  3. Integrate using Zapier to connect NETO, Magento 1&2, Woo Commerce or Big Commerce

Three Set up phases:

Phase 1: Technical integration (1 Month)
Phase 2: Test and Learn with trial stores (1 Month)
Phase 3: Roll out to multiple store/pickup locations (1 Month)

Given the estimated timelines set out above, your business has 30 days to sign up with Drive Yello. Kick off the process before the end of August, so you can be ready for Black Cyber Weekend.

For more information click through to the Yello Products section below or if you are ready to make the most of Black Cyber Weekend click on Book a Demo below.

Some Aussie Stats:

  • Black Friday / Cyber Monday week recorded the biggest number of purchases, with strong growth of over 28% YOY.
  • In 2018  Black Friday and Cyber Monday became the biggest online shopping week of the year
  • Australian consumers are expected to spend over $1 billion online from Friday to Monday on the Black Cyber Weekend.



As we head into the spring season, we’re pleased to announce the period of growth Drive Yello has achieved – particularly with an influx of budding florist businesses engaging with the platform.

With the rise of ecommerce and online shopping, coupled with the new season, there is ample opportunity for florists to engage a new audience and expand their current customer base to compete with larger online florist networks.

We’re confident shopfront florists (and other retail businesses) can retain and attract customers by establishing an online presence and getting their delivery logistics in place ahead of wedding season.

To ensure standards are met florists should establish or engage a high-quality, efficient delivery service that matches their reputation.

In Australia, there are a number of delivery services available to businesses – including our on-demand delivery app Yello Delivery. The app gives florists and businesses alike immediate access to a pot of couriers. Florists just simply post a courier request to the apps on-demand Driver & Rider Marketplace to receive an instant quote and estimated time of pick up – significantly reducing management hours and costs.

In addition to the on-demand app, Drive Yello makes it easy for florists to manage their own drivers, book drivers and inform customers of their delivery status through their driver booking platform, Yello. Being a florist means competition is ripe so offering an on-demand delivery service, without sacrificing quality, will turn happy customers into frequent shoppers.

If you’re a business looking to grow, sign up to the new Yello Delivery app and start delivering today!


From his goals to grow Drive Yello to his love of red wine, read more about one of the newest additions to the team.

Where are you from?
I regard myself as a life-long resident of Newcastle, but my various roles (including chairman of the Drive Yello board) take me between my home in Newcastle, Sydney and Brisbane.

How long have you been with Drive Yello?
I’m the newbie of the team and came on board in June.

What does your job involve?
As the chairman of the board, my role predominantly involves chairing meetings to ensure the board is governing professionally and making valued business decisions. Ultimately as part of the Drive Yello team, my goal is to help support the growth of the business and improving the service we deliver to customers.

What’s your favourite thing about working for Drive Yello?
Drive Yello is a great company to work for, particularly with such a solid business idea in this growing market. It also helps that it means working with smart people in a funky environment!

What are your thoughts on the delivery industry?
Both customers and suppliers are frustrated with the inefficiency of the current delivery landscape – which includes slowness and high costs. Drive Yello has entered the market and is now transforming same day last-mile delivery!

If you could drive anything to work, what would it be?
It depends what time of the year it is. During winter I like my Land Rover Discovery and in summer I’d opt for a sporty convertible! I want to make the most of each season.

What’s your spirit animal?
The eagle of course. They have strong vision, vitality, are fearless and tenacious, they train and nourish young ones, and fly the highest!

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
One superpower isn’t enough! I would love the ability to heal serious illnesses though I’d also like the power to control the weather, so it would always be summer! The cold of the past winter hasn’t been sitting well with me.

What was the last thing you had express delivered?
Just this weekend I had a second bottle of red wine delivered to a BYO restaurant, from Drive Yello client BWS… It’s always the second bottle that brings me unstuck!


As consumer purchase patterns continue to shift to online and big players set up ‘shop’ in Australia, local retailers need to adapt their business models to keep up with the changing industry.

While price-point used to be the sole consideration for purchase decisions, shoppers are increasingly opting for products based on delivery speed and cost, with a recent study revealing 57 per cent of Australians discard their shopping carts as a result of long delivery times and high shipping costs.

To compete in this near-instant, convenience led market, businesses need to ensure they have basic services available and can take it to the next level by implementing express last mile  delivery logistics.

Set up for success

As shopping experiences shift away from the traditional bricks and mortar offering, businesses need to offer convenience services, like delivery and Click & Collect, or run the risk of losing customers to online retailers.

In the on-demand delivery era, three to six business days is no longer a viable delivery option and shoppers are increasingly opting for businesses that can better meet their need for speed, often forgoing physical stores and depending on door-to-door delivery instead.

According to The Retail Property Market, a report by BIS Oxford Economics, online shopping currently holds eight per cent of the Australian market, at a growth rate of 15 per cent per year.

With the majority of businesses (online and physical) only offering next day delivery, retailers can step ahead of the pack and download the capabilities to deliver within a one to three-hour window – giving customers a reason to use them over a competitor.

With this in mind, bricks and mortar retailers can use their physical stores to their advantage by engaging them as mini distribution centres – not just ‘walk in’ stores. With readily available products, retailers are better equipped to manage last mile delivery than their larger online counterparts with warehouses and complex packing processes.

Tips and tricks for setting up last mile delivery

As stores look to compete with the increasing e-commerce space, they need to look at including last mile delivery logistics within their business model. As part of this, businesses need to take the following considerations into account:

  • Make it easy for your customers to shop your stuff
    o Have a strong online presence
    o Ensure you have an easy to navigate ecommerce site
    o Consider an over the phone ordering system
    o Establish a return service – if you don’t already have one
  • Get your picking and packing down pat – implement an in-store procedure to manage products for delivery orders versus in-store orders
  • Ensure delivery and inventory management is integrated into the online shopping experience – so product availability and delivery options change based on availability

The Drive Yello delivery platform ‘Yello’ allows retailers to handle deliveries themselves – maintaining customer contact and the ability to offer a personal service while compete in the online space. If you’re a business looking to up the ante, sign up to the new Yello Delivery App and start delivering today!


From humble beginnings in country NSW to co-founding a start-up in the ‘big smoke’, read more about one half of the Drive Yello business.

Where are you from?
I hail from country NSW, but after coming to boarding school in Sydney I never left.

How long have you been with Drive Yello?
Since day one, which will be four years this October.

What does your job involve?
As the Customer Success Director, my role is to ensure our customers are happy and getting the most out of the Yello platform. My role differs everyday meaning one day I might be on the phone to one of our partners talking them through how we can offer a solution to their 

delivery issues and the next I might be briefing the team on a new direction for business growth. Ultimately as a start-up, things are always changing meaning a very dynamic remit of responsibilities.

What’s your favourite thing about working for Drive Yello?
I have a few favourite things, including the fact that we’re working in one if the fastest moving industries in Australia to offer a product that is going to revolutionise how consumers shop. Further to this, the people are fantastic and the culture we have created at Drive Yello is great – I’m excited to see how this develops as we continue to grow.

What are your thoughts on the delivery industry?
The delivery industry is the most exciting industry in Australia at the moment, everyone wants everything now! There is a lot of pressure on both retailers and traditional couriers to meet the growing ‘on-demand’ expectations from consumers and Drive Yello is on the front line to help businesses make this happen – with the launch of our new Yello Delivery app.

If you could drive anything to work, what would it be?
I have to say a 1971 DBS Aston Martin or a 1975 Range Rover… I am a classic car nut!

What’s your spirit animal?
A bear – I like to think of myself as loyal, empathic and social.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
I want to be able to teleport. I love the idea of sitting at home one minute and on a beach in Hawaii the next.

What was the last thing you had express delivered?
I had 20 items delivered from my local Woolworths… And yes, it was delivered by one of our Drive Yello drivers!


From his thoughts on the delivery industry, to the car he wants to drive to work every day, read more about one of the men who founded the Drive Yello business.

Where are you from?
Born and raised in Sydney but have Maltese and Italian heritage.

How long have you been with Drive Yello?
Since the idea was born, back on the 31 October 2014… Halloween, I know (spooky)!

What does your job involve?
Being in a startup, the CEO role is quite diverse and changes as the company grows. Generally, I am focused on the strategy of the business; including hiring key members of the team (check out our jobs page here), owning the direction of the Yello platform, as well as pitching and managing funding rounds. However, I am also involved in business development with larger clients, general operations and all things marketing. Every day is different, which keeps me on my toes!

What’s your favourite thing about working for Drive Yello?
A big part of my role is building a team and the company, making sure that I observe how we evolve to ensure we take the right steps at the right time. As the team grows, the new team members bring their personality and skills into the mix – creating a whole new working environment, which is great! The team, as well as solving the occasional problem with a tech solution, are the best things about being a tech entrepreneur!

What are your thoughts on the delivery industry?
To use a cliché – it’s being disrupted. It’s an exciting time to be involved in delivery. What was once an old and tired logistics industry has been revitalised with revolutionary technology and new ways of engaging. Increased demand from consumers has meant that everything needs to be delivered quickly.

If you could drive anything to work, what would it be?
A driverless car. I could get so much work done in the time I usually spend commuting, giving me more time for other things outside of work. Drone travel would also be great as well – no traffic, can you imagine!

What’s your spirit animal?
A Wookie… Yes, surprise surprise, I’m a Star Wars fan.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
I’d love to have the ability to time travel. See history first hand, as well as enjoy a future I may never get to see.

What was the last thing you had express delivered?
I had a slab of beer delivered to our office from our client BWS… Work life balance!

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