DoorDash just announced services in three new states, and with that it reached a new milestone: becoming the first third-party delivery service officially operating in all 50 states. According to a press release sent out today, that makes DoorDash available to roughly 80 percent of Americans. As is pretty much customary at this point, DoorDash will offer a deal in honor of today’s news: for today, customers will only pay a 50-cent delivery fee for all orders over $10.
The milestone comes with the addition of DoorDash service to Montana (Billings, Bozeman, Missoula), Alaska (Anchorage), and South Dakota (Sioux Falls), and brings the total number of cities where DoorDash delivers to over 3,300. By comparison, Grubhub says it currently serves 1,700 U.S. cities (plus London). Uber Eats, meanwhile, serves only a few hundred in the U.S. but is expanding all over the map, including to the Middle East and Asia. However, number of cities doesn’t necessarily equal the most marketshare, and DoorDash is still third behind Grubhub and Uber Eats in terms of customers.
It should also be noted that expanding into these new cities (as well as a few in North Dakota and West Virginia) doesn’t mean DoorDash gets a break from the competition, be it Uber Eats and Grubhub or the slew of other services who’ve long operated in small- and mid-sized U.S. cities.
Back in December, we wrote that these places are a new battleground for third-party delivery, now that major metropolises like LA and NYC are (mostly) saturated. To that end, Bite Squad, who was acquired by Waitr in December, is already in Sioux Falls, as is a small company called Zip Dish. BringMeThat operates in Alaska, and CafeCourier is in Missoula, MT.
The U.S. is a big place, but it seems our appetites for delivery are even bigger. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see DoorDash or any of the other top three look to acquire some of these smaller companies at some point in the near future. Stay tuned: the winning battleground could wind up being where we least expect.