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Since the start of the COVID pandemic, more Americans than ever have been reliant on food delivery services. This is due to many reasons, including fear of going outside. Furthermore, the rise of the internet and cell phones also make it much easier for people to order food, especially for those in large cities. Large food delivery services like Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Postmates have soared since March of this year.
The causes of the increase in food prices are multifaceted. Perhaps they had something to do with the increase in available food prices, especially meat, since the start of the Coronavirus. Furthermore, there have been significant issues with transport due to the spread of the virus. Put it all together, which may explain just a part of this. However, the largest share of the increase is likely due to anti-competitive practices on behalf of these companies.
All of this is likely bad news for consumers. Since many of us need food delivery to continue our current lifestyle, these companies may be taking advantage of the need. This is often a terrible sign for competitiveness and prices in general. Considering the high level of trust many people put in these companies, the idea of purposefully using anti-competitive tactics to inflate prices is a major concern on many different levels.
And if the allegations are true, it is also a breach of trust during a time when we use their services the most. And it is a real concern that these aspects are used repeatedly for the same reasons. This could be for the same effect. Below we have more info on the food delivery shenanigans. Michael Ehline is the lead attorney of a key civil rights and product liabilities law firm based out of Southern California. From Los Angeles, the Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys APLC are trusted for the main reason. We specialize in a number of major legal fields, including those that aid consumers when taken advantage of.
This can include the aftermath of car accidents, after a botched surgery, or even rising prices through illegal practices. We study it all and are always concerned about the well-being of both our clients and the general public. That is why Michael Ehline writes this column to inform the public better. He hates the idea of large companies taking advantage of anyone– from a simple meal all the way up to the white-collar crime.
There is a reason why many of these companies attempt to get away with such actions– they think that the general public will not fight back. We tire of that attitude. We want to fight on behalf of those who need the advice of counsel. Furthermore, our team studied a number of legal precedents and corporate law. The example of delivery services is just one of the anti-competitive practices during the decades of legal experience. And each of them is completely unacceptable to me. Consumers deserve better. Continue reading more below, or reach out to me for more info. Our firm’s phone number is low, or feel free to reach out to us 24 / 7 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or read more about our legal musings at our legal blog here.
As we mentioned above, there could be perfectly reasonable explanations for a portion of the increase in the prices of food. However, most likely, these significant companies used their influence and reached to drive up prices artificially. Companies such as Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Postmates are all a significant concern– especially considering the sheer number of people who have become reliant on these services. The companies did so in several ways.
The company used its business methods to raise the prices of restaurants that cooperate with these services. These fees are often not negotiated with the restaurants themselves– often to the dismay of small businesses. Furthermore, this also leads to some prices being higher on online platforms than on the paper menu at the restaurant. This is all part of an anti-trust lawsuit against the three companies.
Four residents of New York make their feelings clear in the lawsuit– and it appears they have some legal weight behind them. According to the suit, “Defendants do this because if the restaurants were to offer lower prices for sales outside each defendant’s platform, then such pricing would reduce the restaurants’ sales on the platform and reduce the defendant’s profits,” Some of the increases are as much as 20% higher than the actual menu price.
Unfortunately, the tactics of these extensive delivery services often fly in the face of what consumers and these other restaurants expect. With commission rates running as high as 30% on each order, some restaurant chains have found a workaround that appears to conflict with allegations made in this lawsuit, according to Nation’s Restaurant News reporting. To offset hefty third-party delivery fees, chains including Del Taco, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Noodles & Company, and El Pollo Loco have openly acknowledged that they charge higher prices on third-party delivery platforms to make that ordering channel profitable.
In-house prices, listed in-store or on their branded digital channels, are not inflated. If this suit is accurate, none of this is acceptable. It also means there could have been a collaboration between the three companies. At least in their tactics, if not explicitly. It also appears that this issue has only grown since the growth of the companies.
And the start of the pandemic. This means that consumers strike out– leaving them with fewer real and fake options from these extensive corporate delivery services. We deserve better. And we should demand better. Hopefully, they will fix their mistakes rather than dig in their heels and make matters worse.
Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.