As we discussed a couple of weeks ago, the idea of online food delivery has been spreading around the world. In that post, we looked at India and China, while in this post, courtesy of the information in this article, we will discuss the United Arab Emirates (think Dubai), Egypt and the rest of the Middle East.
The good news in this region of the world is that there is an increasingly high level of internet penetration and that level is only getting higher. Furthermore, there are a number of savvy entrepreneurs who realize that online ordering is the wave of the future, so web sites such as otlob and brownbag are already up and running. The bad news is that people in this region of the world are still hesitant to spend money online. Whether it is due to natural conservative tendencies, a lack of trust in e-commerce platforms, or simply a lack of awareness about the online ordering options, people are not spending as much as they could or should.
What’s interesting about this for SeamlessWeb is that we deal with some of the very same issues that these other web sites are facing around the world. We know that we have a great product that people should want to use (and that tons of people do use), but in some cases, we fall victim to the same afflictions that prevent people from using the other sites. Basically, some people are afraid of or not accustomed to ordering online or they have never heard of us.
We are confident, however, that this is going to change. So we look to you, our users and readers, to spread the word. Tell a friend about SeamlessWeb, ask for a t-shirt, or write a blog post about us because every effort makes a difference. Let us know if you have any more suggestions to improve the site and get more people ordering online!