How did things start? An odd question, yes. But everything needs a beginning or an introduction. And Foodmandu might just be the big introduction Nepal needed. Nepal is very new to the concept of home delivery and e-commerce. Restaurants themselves cannot afford to provide this service and there hasn’t been a rise of loyalty of restaurants or fast food chains that would help cover the investment around Kathmandu or even Nepal. People tend to choose convenience and price over quality and Foodmandu has given a perfect mobility to this.
In the beginning, it was very difficult for them to start as it was a new trend and these trends can be unreliable, and people are and always will be reluctant to accept change. Foodmandu had to face this trouble as well, it was very difficult for them to convince people to join them and to set up appropriate resources, vehicles for delivery etc. They started with 3 employees and seed investment of 4-5 lakhs. And now they employ over 22 people and have 100 different restaurants their customers can choose from.
Foodmandu has given a lot of restaurants an opportunity to grow and expand their business without any further investments. As one of the restaurants mentioned, foodmandu has made it convenient for people working inside the embassy, as they are not allowed to go outside for lunch, foodmandu has allowed them to order food from the place they life for lunch and get it delivered at the embassy. not only does this promote restaraunts, but a more significant facility is that the restaurants don’t have to bear the cost for those deliveres and this is excellent news for a business.
Foodmandu is a very simple concept. A person can order via phone or the internet and choose from 100 restaurants working with foodmandu, and the person only needs to pay when the food is delivered. No complicated e-banking or an over extended ordering procedure, the same service you get at a restaurant but at the comfort of your own home, how comforting is that?
This is perfect for everybody and anybody actually, those people who are too lazy to go to eat at a restaurant or to cook or to busy at work and don’t have time to cook or go out and wait at a restaurant. It may seem flawless, but only Mr Manohar Adhikari knows about the trouble he went through. There were days when they would receive no order so they themselves ordered and they were glad to receive only 3 orders a day. They have come a long way and receive an average of 100 orders a day. Adhikari believes that it is possible to do any business if you research about it and look into its market. He also believes that we learn from our mistakes so we should not be scared to explore.
Foodmandu might not be seeing a lot of profit, but it sure is growing, from 3 orders a day to an average of 100. Adhikari understands that this is a very new concept in Nepal and it will take time to catch up, but he is very proud of its growth and hopes to accomplish a lot more. With such uncertain roads and street names, without proper means of direction, the delivery business might be the most difficult business to start in Nepal. But Adhikari did his research and was patient with it. He also encourages other people who want to start their own business but are held back by doubts, he suggests them to look into the area and its economy and think wisely. He believes that even if we fail, we only gain experience and we will come out stronger.