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Rise of the Delivery Apps: A Practical Guide

By | [email protected] | April 23, 2018 5:31pm


Le sigh. These days it seems like millennials need an app to do just about everything. Luckily, it seems the convenience of delivery apps in Buenos Aires is just starting to take off in popularity, evidenced by the influx of neon-colored bike riders racing to and fro around the city.

Knowing full well that none of us millennials actually want to have to leave the comfort of our own homes for anything (not even an avocado), app developers have capitalized on our laziness. Now, smartphone app stores are filled with convenient delivery services that will bring you food, groceries (complete with the avocado), or even a forgotten birthday present, no matter your current location.

With just over 48 percent of the Argentine population owning smartphones, it’s no surprise why successful regional food delivery apps like iFood are being attracted to the size of the potential local market. Confirming our suspicions that millennials never want to leave the house, iFood told The Bubble that their most loyal customer base consists primarily of students and young people. Along with 56 percent of its users being female, iFood is aware that most of its users are spending at least eight hours in front of a screen each day. Busy 21st-century office lives obviously mean we’re not so willing to leave our screens for a bite to eat, meaning many of its users are opting to order lunch food as well as that cheeky midnight pizza.

Of course, with digitalization taking over the world, take-out orders made through the phone are not really a thing anymore. According to UK based online delivery company, Just Eat, this analog manner of ordering is down by 30 percent. Nowadays, there are few reasons not to use our smartphones for yet another daily convenience.

With the life-saving invention of never having to venture beyond the border of the front door, or make contact with any human other than the delivery person, comes the confusion of which app to actually use for what. We’re here to give you the lowdown.

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If you’ve forgotten your anniversary, a delivery app might just save your butt. (Photo via Reader’s Digest).


Originally created in Colombia, Rappi has been in Buenos Aires since February. Perhaps its most appealing feature is that if your food doesn’t arrive within 35 minutes, you won’t be charged. Payment-wise you can use a debit or credit card through their app or online; if you prefer to pay with good old fashioned cash, that’s not a problem either. With a more limited coverage area than the other apps (only Palermo, Las Cañitas, and parts of Recoleta are included thus far), Rappi is working to extend their coverage throughout the rest of Buenos Aires, so watch this space. With an offering of plenty of Palermo’s best-loved haunts including Chori, Nola, Rapa Nui, and Birkin, there are plenty of additions made each week. Thanks to its simple interface and easy-to-find discounts and promotions, Rappi is perfect for those living in Palermo who want quick and easy access to their favorite restaurant without leaving the house. Costing around AR $35 an order, the app is pretty economical for those days when you can’t – or don’t want to – leave the house.

Chori, one of Palermo

Chori, one of Palermo’s most loved restaurants, is available through Rappi. (Photo via Eater).



Also having launched in Buenos Aires in February, Glovo has managed to extend its tentacles beyond Palermo and into the rest of the city. With the most informative website and easy-to-use app, Glovo wins points for being very user-friendly. Payment is only made upon signing for delivery, so no need to worry about being charged for AWOL deliveries that never turn up.

Marketed as a service to collect and deliver anything (that doesn’t have a pulse), Glovo is most easily used to run your daily errands. Off sick and need some meds from the pharmacy? Perhaps you’ve forgotten to pick up ice for your previa? Glovo promises to solve these daily woes and make life that little bit easier. For those of us who are useless at remembering birthdays, anniversaries, and other special dates, the gift section is a lifesaver. Choose from a selection of chocolates, flowers, and perfume to avoid a day of disaster with loved ones. With real-time tracking through their app, it’s super easy to know exactly when your order will arrive. Offering their services at a cost that equates to around AR $100 per hour, Glovo is ideal for running those errands you totally forgot about.

(Photo via La Nación).

Glovo is a convenient way of running errands without actually doing the running. (Photo via La Nación).



Claiming to provide food for whatever budget, taste, and occasion, Brazilian online delivery company iFood, is now a market leader in both Latin America and beyond. Providing delivery in 543 cities worldwide, it really is about time the online delivery platform landed in Buenos Aires. Promising to offer better prices and a greater selection of restaurants, iFood provides an easy to use geolocation service so you can find the nearest and most efficient restaurants.

For those of you who may feel (understandably) mistrusting of digital platforms hanging onto your data or payment details, iFood thankfully does not store any of this information. As a 100 percent digital business, you can leave the hassle of finding just the right amount of efectivo behind (it is 2018 after all), and just quickly tap in your card details. Providing an easy-to-use rating system, highly recommended restaurants rise to the top of the list, making it simple to see the most reliable restaurants about.

The best kind of human contact. (Photo via Pettineo Insurance Agency Inc.)

The best kind of human contact. (Photo via Pettineo Insurance Agency Inc.)



Overtaking and buying out much of the delivery competition here in Buenos Aires, food-ordering behemoth PedidosYa has quite the monopoly of the market, meaning they also have the largest selection of restaurants. With convenient filters, you can easily find sustenance from pretty much any available cuisine in the city. With fairly accurate delivery time estimations (prepare to wait longer during the obvious peak hours or on the weekend), the app is reliable. Offering plenty of discounts, it’s also easy to find food with promotional offers. If the huge selection is just too overwhelming (hungry = useless decision maker), PedidosYa’s extensive base of customer reviews is extremely helpful. Coverage is pretty extensive, (although they are still missing Barracas and barrios east of Caballito) PedidosYa is the go-to, classic option to satisfy your hunger.

Sushi along with many other foreign cuisines, is widely available through Pedidos Ya. (Photo via Groupon).

Sushi along with many other foreign cuisines is widely available through Pedidos Ya. (Photo via Groupon).


Now over to you to try the joy of never leaving your pajamas again. Happy app-ing!