Retailers operate in a competitive, customer-driven and highly dynamic market that requires constant evolution to meet customer return expectations. In the modern age, departmental stores, and multi-channel environments are everywhere. But, it’s not the issue that how much the industry fluctuates, retailers who remember that ‘customer is king‘ remain.

Retail as an organized industry began in the middle of the 18th century with the growth of public enclosed markets, department stores, and specialty stores. Catalogs introduced purchasing for the first time in the late 1800s without leaving home. Different departmental stores allowed the customers to place their order through the mail in written form, and the discovery of the phone empowered quicker impulse shopping.

Food Retail: Overview of the retail Industry

The restaurant and food retail industry include franchised restaurants, including all retail supermarkets and grocery stores, as well as full-service locals and all fast foods.

There is a business in the food retail industry that sells food to consumers for consumption and preparation.

Key areas of growth and activity in the food retail industry and the restaurant include health-related food awareness, increased consumer spending, and the urban population.

The food retail industry in Germany, the United States, and various other countries has benefited from stabilizing the domestic economy and increasing disposable income levels over the past five years.

This allows consumers to buy more premium or high quality items from grocery stores. Also, the growing demand for organic and natural products has helped the industry.

Consumers are eating healthy food every day and they are ready and they are willing and able to pay extra for high class, organic and natural foods.

The restaurant industry has also benefited from the increase in customer disposable income. As a result, customers are more likely to eat out instead of cooking at home.

According to the report of 2017, industry sales estimates will increase to $800 billion.

Full-table service restaurants earn the biggest revenue, but the immediate-service segment is predicted to see a significant increase in sales growth.

Over the last 5 years, instant-service restaurants that do not exclude sit-table service but offer premium quality food and ambiance have experienced high growth. It has moved away from the chains of full-service restaurants by participating in the market.

What’s the Cheapest? Restaurant, Delivery or Takeout:

Preparing food at home is the easiest way to save money. Even grocery stores that go to the more expensive part of the spectrum are often cheaper than pubs, fast food outlets, or restaurants.

Certainly, the cost of groceries can force you to delay the satisfaction of your savings – but the savings come back.

However, most of us will still be involved. Whether it’s buying lunch at work, picking up snacks for Friday night with Netflix, or trying out a new restaurant in your area over the weekend, we all pay for this extra satisfaction and convenience from time to time.

But leaving the grocery store for ready-to-eat food can be quite expensive. Not only do establishments recognize everything from fast food to fine dining, but we have a variety of acquisitions to choose from.

That is, ordering delivery, eating out, or picking up. Let’s see how each choice affects our finances.

Eating out:

Eating out is the most satisfying experience. It could be a social event with friends, a date night for a couple, and a fun family experience.

Another benefit of dining out in a restaurant that has over takeout and delivery is that the hot food is brought from the kitchen to your table.

And, if there is something wrong with the order, it won’t take long for it to finish.

But getting food out is usually the most expensive way to get it. You are more likely to drink from a restaurant than to ask them to take you out. And if you have a glass of beer or wine with the food you provide, it probably comes from your wine rack, refrigerator, or beer store Makes inflexible cheaper than get dining out.

Ordering Delivery:

The most convenient way if you never want to leave your home to get fully prepared food, or maybe it’s more better taste the majority of things you will make for yourself. There is no cleaning after that, so it’s amazing.

The downside of delivering the meal in a home is the delivery charges. Traditional food buyers, such as pizza parlors and Chinese restaurants, will usually charge 2-5 dollars for bringing your food.

Third-party food delivery services such as Uber Eats and Foodora also charge almost 3 to 5$ for delivering the meal in your place.

You will also likely to give the tip to the delivery boy.

There is a limit to the amount, but in a restaurant, it is less than that. So, you are looking for around $10 in addition to the price of food.


Taking it out is like a middle ground: you have to leave the house (worst of all!) But you can still eat. The best part the tip is optional (yes, the tip is optional, but you know what we mean – social acceptance and all that), and if you choose to leave someone, a couple’s amount is fine.

There is no delivery charge to pay or you can decide to take a drink in the middle of a meal. The cost you pay here can be the exact price of the food.

COMPARISON: How takeout food at good rates instead of in-store products, and ordering delivery:

We say you get food for three persons that comes in $50 including tax and see how it comes in each option.

Eating out: $ 50 for food + 15% tip ($10), three drinks ($15) = $ 75. (Drinks are optional, but any of these extra charges can be calculated for drinks, desserts, or any other thing).

Ordering Delivery: $50 for food + $5 tip + delivery charge (almost $5) = $60.

Take-out: $50 for food =50$ (Tip is optional).

Of course, this formula is not perfect. You might tip less or more. But in general, the order is correct. Take-out is the best option for Saving money, second delivery, and a full night out experience coming last.

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Sascha Barby

Sascha Barby

Sascha's passion for food and the foodservice industry has driven him since he first worked in the kitchen. Projects abroad and the diversity of the industry have only increased his enthusiasm. Started as a Chef in various restaurants in Germany and Canada, completing his skills with an MBA, he now works at Rational AG in marketing.  Sascha lives with his wife and children in Bavaria near Munich.

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