New York, NY – April 5, 2023 – Today, DeliverZero is excited to announce that it has joined the Toast Partner Ecosystem. This marks the first time restaurant guests can choose to order takeout or delivery in reusable packaging without taking any additional steps.This offering is now available to any Toast restaurant where DeliverZero currently operates, which includes the New York City, Chicago, and Denver-Boulder metro areas.
Toast is a cloud-based, all-in-one digital technology platform purpose-built for the entire restaurant community. It works with integration partners in its Toast Partner Ecosystem, a curated portfolio of more than 200 partners who deliver specialized technology and services to help restaurant operators increase sales, engage guests, and keep employees happy.
“Reducing waste from takeout helps guests easily make a more sustainable choice and fight climate change, and we have a huge opportunity to engage the restaurant community as we work toward addressing these challenges,” said Jonathan Grimm, Toast co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Toast.org. “We are thrilled to be working with DeliverZero to help make reusable packaging easily accessible for both restaurants and their guests.”
With this integration, Toast restaurant customers can enable their guests to order food in reusable containers online via the Toast Takeout app, Toast Online Ordering, third-party apps that use Toast Orders API integrations, or on-premise, making reuse available at all points of sale and easier to select than ever. After guests opt-in to receive an order in DeliverZero containers, they receive SMS updates on the number of containers they received and how they can return them. Restaurant guests can return DeliverZero containers at any participating restaurant or at their door, making the offering extremely simple and accessible for restaurants and guests alike.
“With this integration we are bringing reuse to even more customers and in even more ways,” said Lauren Sweeney, CEO and Co-Founder of DeliverZero. “Now customers can order online or at the counter through Toast’s trusted platform, making reuse an easy and accessible choice. It’s been a pleasure to pilot this initiative with Toast and we are so excited about the opportunity to achieve more together.”
DeliverZero’s new technology makes it easier than ever for restaurants to make reusable packaging available to their customers. When customers opt-in, restaurants pack the order in reusable packaging and DeliverZero takes care of the challenges that make it difficult for restaurants to offer reusable packaging on their own. DeliverZero handles container tracking, ensures returns, and handles dishwashing for restaurants that do not have dishwashing capacity in-house.
Single-use plastics are littering streets, clogging water supply, entering human blood streams, piling up in landfills and crucially, contributing to climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S. 561 billion disposable food service items are used every year, resulting in 4.9 million tons of waste.
Accessible reusable solutions are an answer to the problems created by single-use packaging. Over their life-cycle, reusables have lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to disposable alternatives, producing up to 85% less carbon than single-use foodware.
DeliverZero is a reusable packaging solution that eliminates packaging waste from food delivery and takeout. As a neutral network of returnable, reusable food containers, we make it easy for merchants, delivery platforms, and POS systems to offer customers takeout and delivery in reusable containers that can be returned to any point on their network. Learn more at https://www.deliverzero.com/.