Serving alcohol in social gatherings and other occasions is now a trend. Imagine that while the program is going on, you realize that your stock of favorite whisky has dwindled. So, what do you do? Run to the liquor store in the middle of the program? Wouldn’t it be better if you could just order the liquors of your choice through a mobile app?
This is quite possible to do, and there are already many doing the round of the cyberspace. If you are interested in this particular logistics, then here is some relevant info for you to look at.
The initiation of online platforms
The alcohol industry generates a hefty revenue in the market, about 230000 USD, and that is just the calculation for 2020. Apart from the shop-to-consumer sales, there was little presence in the online model. However, with the lockdown ensuing because of the pandemic, people were forced to stay indoors.
Naturally, the aficionados of alcoholic beverages chose the online model. According to recent statistics, the e-commerce sales of liquors have increased by 291% and 387% over two respective business weeks in the US.
The general functions of an alcohol delivery app
The workings of the different apps are separate but the general idea coincides with any other food delivery app. The customer would need to open a profile in the app and upload their information. Depending upon the location, the app will list many shops with alcoholic beverages as per the requirement of the customer.
After the customer has made his or her choice, selected the amount, and paid the required sum, the delivery partner assigned by the app will take the packed order from the shop and deliver it to the consumer. Depending on the cost and the budget, other security features could be added.
What should be the cost?
The cost to develop such an app does not have any standardized figure. It will depend on several factors, like the number of structures, the complexity of the coding, the platform, and many more. In general, the companies ask for about $50 – $250 on average, which makes the total amount to about $70000 – $75000. Let us know about the factors that affect the cost of mobile app development for liquors;
- The prevalent platform
The platform chosen for the uploading of the app will affect the costs. If you want the app to be available on both Android and iOS, then your cost will increase. If you develop the app for a single platform, your costs will be lower. So, if you are short on the budget, it would be better to find the prevalent platform of your location, and develop the app accordingly.
- The options presented
The features or the different options you choose for the products will change the development price accordingly. So, if you want to have an app with the minimum features and a basic interface, then your cost would be less. However, a functional, user-responsive, feature-filled app will be more expensive. So, you would need to choose the functionalities according to your need and budget.
- The rate of the company
Mostly, the app development companies charge at an hourly rate. All the programmers who work on the development of the app are paid for the work-hours they commit to the development of the app. Therefore, if you can get a block deal with the app development company, go for it. Just look at the quoted approximate cost before giving the okay to proceed.
- Local or outsourcing
The location of the company will be an important factor in the cost of the development of the app. In the US, the rate would be higher; whereas, outsourcing it to IT companies in countries like India, China, and Sri Lanka will significantly reduce the cost. You just have to provide them with the exact specifications you require. It has been calculated that compared to the $75000 from a US-based concern, you can get a proficient job at $15000 from an India-based company. So, if you can, it would be best to outsource it to overseas companies; although, care should be taken to ensure the proper security and satisfaction of non-disclosure features.
The basic features to integrate
If you are thinking about developing an alcohol delivery app for your company, then you must include the features that make the job of ordering the product easy and hassle-free. This includes the customer panel, admin panels, delivery manager interface, and many others. The basic features to make the app function properly for the users are listed below;
- Defined panel hierarchy
For the alcohol delivery app, there are three levels of personnel grading, and the features ingrained into these will have to satisfy the basic functions they entail. The option that the user of one panel applies should complete all the required activities. For example, the customer panel should have the following options available;
- Profile creation
- Browsing of Liquor Products and filters to navigate through categories
- Home delivery selections
- Order history, discounts, and offer viewing.
- Option of payments
- Tracking orders, managing user profiles, submitting reviews, providing feedback, etc.
Likewise, the admin panel should have options like Customer Management, Product and Price Management, Order Management, Payment Management, real-time GPS location, and Real-Time Reporting among others.
- Loyalty programs
Loyalty programs ensure that the customers continue ordering on the online app. You can give discount vouchers and special offers to the customers. Such offers are observed to retain customers in the long run.
- Algorithm for queuing
The queuing algorithm will be a great feature in your delivery app for management and processing. It helps to assign the nearest delivery boy for a particular order, which ultimately helps in proficient deliveries.
Getting ready properly The most popular alcohol delivery services in the US registered an increase of 550% over baseline between March 2019 and April 2020. Although the return to normalcy may reduce these numbers, the online delivery of alcoholic beverages is depicted to continue in the future. Still, if you would like to engage in this particular business model, it would be better to do complete market research before engaging in the development phase.