Boycott against foodpanda expands to major cities

Boycott against foodpanda expands to major cities

KARACHI: Restaurant owners of major cities of the country have joined boycott against foodpanda as food delivery company failed to negotiate, a statement said on Wednesday.

The All Pakistan Restaurant Association (APRA), after successful boycott in Karachi of foodpanda, has now started protest in Punjab province and restaurants owners of Lahore, Islamabad and other cities, have joined the protest, the statement said.

APRA chairman, Muhammad Naeem Siddiqui pointed out that foodpanda has started putting more pressure on restaurants after boycotting its services and threatened that it would not deliver the food if 30 percent commission was not paid.

“APRA has strongly protested the imposition of a 30 percent self-imposed commission on restaurants, calling it against the rules of the Competition Commission of Pakistan and the CCP is asked to play its role in ending the food panda monopoly and malpractices so that all food delivery companies have equal business opportunities”, he said.

Chairman APRA, after consultation with the Islamabad Restaurant Association (IRA), Lahore Restaurant Association (LRA) and Lahore Restaurant Unity Association, subjected to certain conditions for the restoration of foodpanda’s services.

The conditions are:

Restaurants should be allowed to deliver foodpanda orders directly through their own riders.

There should be standardized commission structure for all brands.

Customer data should be shared with restaurants.

Restaurants should not be threatened with commission increases, otherwise they will be closed.

Exclusive agreement should not be signed with any restaurant as it’s against competition laws.

Chairman APRA warned, if their demands will not meet, they will continue foodpanda boycott.