Uber Eats vs Mr D Food – 2019 pricing shootout

The two biggest food delivery platforms in South Africa are Uber Eats and Mr D Food, both of which offer a centralised interface to order food from a wide variety of restaurants with minimal delivery costs and service fees.

Mr D Food and Uber Eats include hundreds of restaurants and offer collection and delivery options, although their fee structures are slightly different.

Uber Eats charges a variable delivery fee depending on how far away your location is from your restaurant of choice, while Mr D food adds a fixed service fee to each order.

To determine which of these applications was cheaper for South Africans to use, we compared the delivery pricing for a variety of meals from a selection of popular restaurants.

We used a central location in Johannesburg as our benchmark delivery point, selecting the closest restaurants to simulate a realistic scenario.

In addition, we noted the delivery or service fee for each restaurant on Uber Eats and Mr D Food, and incorporated this amount into the price of each order.

This provides a realistic comparison of the total cost for ordering each menu item. Below are the results of the comparison.


McDonald’s

  • Uber Eats delivery fee – R10
  • Mr D Food service fee – R5
Menu Item Mr D Food Uber Eats
Big Mac Meal R53.90 R59.90
McFeast Meal R94.90 R93.50
Chicken Foldover Meal R78.00 R70.90
Double Quarter Pounder Meal R84.90 R84.90
Grand Chicken Meal R78.90 R79.90
Cheese Burger R28.90 R38.50
Hamburger R25.90 R36.00
Average Price R63.63 R65.37

Mcdonalds eating


Rocomamas

  • Uber Eats delivery fee – R10
  • Mr D Food service fee – R0 (Free Delivery)
Menu Item Mr D Food Uber Eats
Old Skool Burger (150g) R59.00 R69.00
The Slacker Burger R112.00 R122.00
Bacon Cheese Guac Burger (200g) R112.00 R110.00
Mushroom Swizz Burger (150g) R86.00 R96.00
Small Shoestring Fries R24.00 R34.00
Beef Ribs (1kg) R368.00 R378.00
Buffalo Wings (8) R80.00 R90.00
Jalapeno Bombs (6) R50.00 R60.00
Average Price R111.38 R119.88

Rocomamas


Mugg & Bean

  • Uber Eats delivery fee – R10
  • Mr D Food service fee – R5
Menu Item Mr D Food Uber Eats
The M&B Classic R64.90 R69.90
The Famous One R79.90 R84.90
BBQ Beef Burger R84.90 R89.90
Chicken Mayo Sandwich R64.90 R69.90
Alabama Chicken Panino R94.90 R99.90
Giant Choc-Chip Muffin R44.90 R49.90
Serious Cappucino R36.90 R41.90
Average Price R67.33 R72.33

Mugg and Bean


Simply Asia

  • Uber Eats delivery fee – R10
  • Mr D Food service fee – R5
Menu Item Mr D Food Uber Eats
Tom Yum Soup (Chicken) R64.20 R69.20
Brinjals Stir-Fry (Chicken) R97.90 R102.90
Steamed Rice R23.10 R28.10
Vegetable Spring Rolls R52.10 R57.10
Roasted Duck in Soya Sauce R148.60 R153.60
Roti with Banana and Condensed Milk R44.90 R49.90
Average Price R71.80 R76.80

Simply Asia


Col’Cacchio

  • Uber Eats delivery fee – R10
  • Mr D Food service fee – R5
Menu Item Mr D Food Uber Eats
Piatto di Emilia R141.00 R146.00
Carne Antipasto R172.00 R177.00
Wasa-Bee Salad R135.00 R140.00
Margherita Pizza R99.00 R104.00
Regina Pizza R127.00 R132.00
Cielo Pasta R147.00 R152.00
Average Price R136.83 R141.83

ColCacchio


Results

It is apparent from the comparison above that Mr D Food is consistently cheaper than Uber Eats, mostly by virtue of its lower delivery fee.

In the instance of Rocomamas, Mr D Food offered free delivery on all orders.

It is important to note that Mr D Food requires a minimum of R65 to be spent when placing an order, while Uber Eats will add on an additional charge for small orders.

The overall difference between the two food delivery apps is slight, and in an instance where a store was close enough that Uber Eats charged R5 for delivery, their pricing would be equal.

The difference in pricing shown above also becomes less significant as orders grow in size.

The R5 flat margin applies on a per-order basis, meaning that you will not save more than the delivery fee deficit by ordering more items.

This means that for a R250 order from Simply Asia, you would only save 2% by using Mr D Food over Uber Eats.

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