Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Tuckr - NZ's First Not-for-profit Food Ordering Mobile App

tuckr will offer New Zealand restaurants a local, not-for-profit alternative for online ordering, and promises a commitment to the lowest possible transaction cost.

Launched by Apolinar Ventures, the social enterprise ventures initiative of digital advisory group Apolinar, tuckr will be operated as a not-for-profit to allow New Zealand restaurants to keep the biggest possible share of an order.

Apolinar CEO Anna Dao says, “Restaurants are under pressure to switch quickly to online ordering and payment as their primary sales channel. We believe even as the alert levels lift, consumer behaviour will change. Even when on-premise dining does resume there will likely be new rules and regulations that might diminish their overall capacity. The industry is looking at a different future, one where digital will be critical to success. We’re pretty keen to help.”

Tuckr offers restaurants a complete mobile app ordering experience for their customers, with zero set up costs and a flat-rate of 2.5% of the transaction value, before credit card processing costs. Funds are paid directly to the restaurant, putting as much as 30% back into the pockets of local restaurants. Dao says for some businesses, the app could be the difference between profit and survival.

“One of our stated aims in making tuckr a not-for-profit model is we want to do everything we can to help restaurants stay open, and critically, keep their staff employed. We believe employment will be the key to New Zealand’s economic recovery, and we have a moral and economic responsibility to do everything we can to keep people in work.”

Dao says the costs of developing and running an app like tuckr is cost prohibitive for an individual business.

“However, if we can get enough support, the economies of scale will allow us to create the best possible digital experience for restaurant-loving Kiwis, and the independent businesses they support. If I’m being honest, I also won’t be unhappy to see the 30% they currently pay stay in our country.”

Dao acknowledges tuckr isn’t the first new offering for online ordering, but says it is the first to be run as a not-for-profit. “The hospitality industry is currently facing unprecedented hardship. Now is not the time to take advantage of those who are already hurting.”

Additionally, Dao has committed to giving up 100% of her salary for at least the next six months in order to help fund the start-up costs. “tuckr's success will never be measured in profits, but by how many businesses we help survive this crisis, and how many jobs we can create or save.”

tuckr is open for registrations of interest on their website by Auckland-based restaurants, and will be aggressively rolled out to other towns and cities around the country, as soon as possible.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Energy Sector: Meridian Spilled Water To Hike Electricity Prices - Authority Ruling

The Electricity Authority has found that generator Meridian Energy manipulated the power market, costing consumers about $80 million. More>>


XE Data Update: RBNZ Official Cash Rate Decision

The RBNZ will keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 0.25%. T he key points in the RBNZ statement are: RBNZ keeps the OCR unchanged at 0.25% Maintain the LSAP (large scale asset purchase) at NZD$60 billion. Committee prepared to use additional monetary ... More>>


Electricity: Kiwis Ignore Promise Of Cheaper Power

Electric Kiwi and Flick Electric Co are joint winners of Canstar Blue’s award for Most Satisfied Customers | Electricity Providers From putting on an extra layer – rather than turning on a heater – to turning off lights and choosing the energy-saving ... More>>


Economy: COVID-19 Contributes To 1.6 Percent Fall In March Quarter GDP

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 1.6 percent in the March 2020 quarter, the largest drop in 29 years, as the initial effects of COVID-19 restrictions impacted on economic activity, Stats NZ said today. This quarter’s GDP results showed a widespread drop ... More>>


Electricity: Transmission Pricing For A Low Carbon Future

The Electricity Authority has decided on new guidelines for transmission pricing. James Stevenson-Wallace, Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority says the new guidelines will deliver significant benefits to consumers, through lower electricity ... More>>


ASB: Investor Confidence Falls To Four-Year Low

As the world grapples with the fallout from the most significant pandemic the world has seen in a century, economic concerns are weighing on investors, dragging investor confidence down to a four-year low in the first quarter of the year. For the three ... More>>


Science Media Centre: Funding For R&D In New Zealand – Expert Reaction

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods has today announced $401.3 million funding for research and development through Budget 2020 and the COVID Response and Recovery Fund. The fund includes $150 million for an R&D loan scheme, ... More>>


Science: 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Announced

The 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been announced in a digital livestream event today. The Prizes recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives, celebrate the achievements of current scientists and encourage scientists of the ... More>>


RNZ: Fuel, Alcohol Costs To Go Up From Today

The increase today in the taxes on fuel, road user charges and alcohol is being called a tone-deaf move. More>>


Stardome Observatory: Young Kiwi Astro-Photographer Shoots For The Stars

Matariki by Josh Kirkley. The stars are aligning for up-and-coming Auckland-based astro-photographer Josh Kirkley (Kāi Tahu). During lockdown, one of his images was picked up by NASA and shared on the space agency’s Instagram to its 59.2 million ... More>>

DCANZ: Time For EU To Commit To A Level Playing Field For Trade

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) has welcomed New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker’s statement that it is unacceptable for New Zealand exporters to continue facing an ‘unlevel playing field’ in the EU. Details leaked ... More>>


Potatoes New Zealand: Protecting NZ Fries As Part Of PNZ Pandemic Recovery & Transformation Plan

Potatoes New Zealand has met with Minister Faafoi this week to discuss investigating the potential importation of heavily discounted frozen potato chips into New Zealand. With MBIE’s support we are undertaking an investigation to gather evidence of the ... More>>


New Zealand Government: Supporting Kiwi Businesses To Resolve Rent Disputes

The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. More>>


Science Media Centre: Understanding 5G Concerns – Expert Q&A

Recent attacks on cell phone towers have brought concerns over the rollout of 5G technology into sharp relief.
While scientific research has consistently shown that the technology does not adversely affect human health, public concerns about its impact have spread around the world, fueled in part by growing misinformation online. The SMC asked experts to comment... More>>


Trade: Record Monthly Surplus As Imports Dive

Imports in April 2020 had their biggest fall since October 2009, resulting in a monthly trade surplus of $1.3 billion, Stats NZ said today. “This is the largest monthly trade surplus on record and the annual goods trade deficit is the lowest ... More>>