DoorDash, an on-demand meal courier service, and TripAdvisor, a travel website with reviews of restaurants and hotels, have combined forces so that consumers can now get their food directly from the TripAdvisor site, according to a report.
The combination is more of an integration, however, because the TripAdvisor order online button will link the customer to the DoorDash site to complete orders. The travel site has a similar agreement with Grubhub and Takeaway.com.
TripAdvisor will add 24,000 food listings with the collaboration, after adding more than 31,000 restaurants with Takeaway.com partnership. DoorDash also recently started a subscription service called DashPass, which boasts $10 for unlimited free delivery and can be used with TripAdvisor’s service.
Evan Becker, TripAdvisor Restaurants’ head of key accounts, said the partnership will add convenience to the site. “Our integration with DoorDash will make it even easier for diners to order food online and get it delivered right to them, wherever they are,” he said. “The partnership will also help restaurateurs gain more exposure on our site.”
The partnership is good news for DoorDash, as it has received more than $700 million in capital since its creation in 2012 by former Stanford students Andy Fang, Stanley Tang, Tony Xu and Evan Moore.
The majority of the company’s cash infusion – $535 million – came earlier this year from SoftBank, a Singapore-based wealth fund called GIC and Sequoia Capital. The injection of funds brought the food delivery service’s valuation to $1.4 billion.
With growth comes physical expansion. DoorDash reported that it was the fastest-growing last-mile logistics platform in America, with 250 percent growth year on year.
“DoorDash is gaining market share faster than anyone in the space,” CEO and Co-founder Tony Xu noted. “We’re thrilled to partner with premier investors to accelerate our vision to empower local economies by being the last-mile logistics player.”