GrubHub and Seamless Announce Merger
Do you have an irrational fear of dialing a phone to order pizza? Fear no more: with the merger of GrubHub and Seamless you may never need to dial another pizzeria for as long as you live! Choosing your three free toppings online instead of over the phone is bound to become even simpler.
GrubHub and Seamless, two of the most popular online services for ordering food, officially announced the merger of their companies. This decision will allow GrubHub and Seamless to share infrastructure and innovate faster and more efficiently.
“We’re a match made in food heaven and as a dynamic duo we can expand rapidly while still maintaining the level of service our existing customers have come to expect from us,” wrote Jonathan Zabusky, CEO of Seamless, in a blog post. “By bringing together some of the industry’s most celebrated products, including Seamless’ award-winning iPad app and GrubHub’s innovative Track Your Grub (who wouldn’t want to track their order?), we will be able to bring greater choice and more sophisticated (or just really cool and reliable) ordering capabilities to our members and corporate clients across the U.S.”
Together, Seamless and GrubHub will allow members and corporate clients in more than 500 cities across the U.S. and the U.K. to order from more than 20,000 local restaurants. By pooling resources such as GrubHub’s Track Your Grub technology and Seamless’ extensive mobile apps, the merged companies will be able to provide users an all-encompassing online ordering experience.
“If GrubHub is the chocolate, Seamless is the peanut butter–they taste great on their own, but even better together,” wrote GrubHub Co-Founder and CEO Matt Maloney. “We’ve both been pretty darn innovative–GrubHub with our iOS and Android apps and Track Your Grub technology, and Seamless with their mobile apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, as well as their sweet iPad app,” he said.
After the merger Maloney will serve as CEO of the new organization and Zabusky will serve as president. In 2012 the online and mobile platforms of the two organizations sent approximately $875 million in gross food sales to local takeout restaurants, resulting in combined revenue well in excess of $100 million. The merger could be quite profitable for local restaurants, that is unless 3D food printer puts them all out of business.
As for the merger, no changes will go into effect for now. GrubHub and Seamless will be “continuing with business as usual” until the deal closes, and even when it does changes won’t be enacted for some time.
How often do you use online ordering services like GrubHub and Seamless instead of calling restaurants directly?