In a meeting held at the city, Ahmedabad restaurants and eateries’ operators have decided to boycott the online food delivery platform, Swiggy. They are starting this ban from Thursday night; the restaurant’s spokesperson informed the media. They also mentioned that they will also boycott other online food delivery portals such as Zomato and Uber Eats if they do not renegotiate the terms of the contract and reduce their commission. For Zomato and Uber Eats, they have given the timeline till January 14.
Hotel and Restaurants Association – Gujarat (HRA) had got consent letter from the restaurants to negotiate on their behalf with online food portals; following which a meeting was held with representatives of online food delivery portals.
Rohit Khanna, committee member of HRA said, “Swiggy was the most adamant. Others were accommodative and said that they would consider our demands. So we have decided to boycott Swiggy in the first phase.”
It is expected that after Ahmadabad, soon, eateries of Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot will join them in this boycott.
Narendra Somani, president of HRA, said, “If other platforms do not come out with a win-win formula, they will also face a boycott from January 14.” He also added, “Till a few years from now, there were long queues at hotels, restaurants and eateries for buying Undhiyu. However, with online food delivery platforms coming in, people are getting them delivered at home.”