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India's restaurants look beyond Swiggy, Zomato for delivery options

Ballooning commissions stoke appetite for alternatives to big name apps

Services such as DotPe and Thrive offer restaurants the chance to build a website, take online orders and deliver using staff sourced from third-party logistics companies. (Source photos from Thrive and DotPe websites)

BENGALURU -- It may have seemed like a bold move when Nitin Chadha yanked his cafe in northern India from delivery apps Swiggy and Zomato in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

After all, dine-in traffic had virtually ground to a halt at his business, Madison & Pike, with takeout and delivery the only way to make money.

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