KARACHI: Restaurant owners of major cities of the country have joined a boycott against Foodpanda as the food delivery company has allegedly failed to negotiate.
According to a statement issued here on Wednesday, All Pakistan Restaurant Association (APRA), after a 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.
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 is 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 Foodpanda’s monopoly and malpractices so that all food delivery companies have equal business opportunities”, he said.
The chairman APRA, after consultation with Islamabad Restaurant Association (IRA), Lahore Restaurant Association (LRA) and Lahore Restaurant Unity Association (LRUA), was subjected to certain conditions for the restoration of Foodpanda’s services. The conditions include: 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 increase in commission; and exclusive agreement should not be signed with any restaurant as it’s against competition laws.