At least 16 Tampa Bay restaurants are ditching partnerships with major delivery apps and switching to a local alternative.
LoCo, a food delivery cooperative with franchises across the country, is now local, and it’s looking to disrupt an industry dominated by companies like Uber Eats and DoorDash.
While using an app that functions similarly to big-name delivery companies, LoCo’s cooperative model allows businesses to buy into the program, and charges 17 percent commission for deliveries. Most other companies charge between 20 and 30 percent.
Mike Magee, an owner and partner in LoCo, is responsible for bringing the platform to Tampa Bay.
The entrepreneur owned and ran the Washington, D.C. branch of Cater Nation, an online-based corporate catering service, for years. But after seeing LoCo’s success in cities like Iowa City and Fort Collins, Magee saw his chance to help small businesses take ownership of their deliveries.