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So why create a food delivery API?

Couldn't you simply use an API provided by top food delivery apps like Grubhub, Doordash, Eat24, Seamless or UberEats?

Well it's not that simple.

To begin with, there is no standard API format that all delivery platforms adhere to. And sadly, almost none of the food delivery platforms provide a public API – your best bet is  to pay to get access.

Even if you conceived of a product that could revolutionise food delivery or restaurant management you'd be stuck without access to an unified open food delivery API.

But what if there was a work around?

In this post we show you how Nanonets can help you create a food delivery API of sorts by extracting data from delivery emails.

Create your own food delivery API with Nanonets. Parse food delivery emails and automate you workflows.

Use cases for a food delivery API

A food delivery API can be used to power various services, here are a few examples:

  1. Provide data analytics and insights to restaurants so that they can pick up trends on order types, popular foods, client demographics etc. Food delivery apps typically don't share such insights.
  2. Optimise or manage a delivery fleet that takes on orders from multiple restaurants or food delivery apps.
  3. Power cloud kitchens that could scale a restaurant's reach.
  4. Build an integrated platform for restaurants to receive and handle orders across delivery platforms.
  5. Allow dark stores or fulfilment centres to predict demand and supply groceries to restaurants on time.
  6. Extract phone numbers or contact details from delivery emails.

Using Nanonets to create a custom food delivery API

Nanonets is an AI-based OCR software that automates all kinds of data transformation workflows.

Nanonets can recognise and extract data from emails, email attachments, PDFs, images, documents, spreadsheets, and other kinds of data sources. The extracted data can then be sent or integrated into any business application of your choice.

To create your own food delivery API, you'll create a custom email parser with Nanonets to scan all food delivery emails.

This food delivery email extractor will extract specific data from delivery emails sent by various apps (Grubhub, Doordash, Eat24, Seamless or UberEats). And this data can be used to power your API.

Create your own food delivery API with Nanonets. Parse food delivery emails and automate you workflows.

How to parse food delivery emails with Nanonets

Follow these steps to build your own food delivery email parser and send the data anywhere you like:

Create an account

Sign up to get started with Nanonets.

Build a custom food delivery email parser

Upload a few sample email screenshots or PDFs. Mark the email data or fields that you want to extract, and train your email parser. The AI will learn to identify similar data based on the examples you show - the more the better.

If trained on enough examples, the email parser can extract data from any food delivery email - even email format it hasn't seen so far!

Define the source(s)

Set up a Nanonets receiving address and auto-forward all food delivery emails to that email id.

You can also set up an automatic import of files from cloud storage, databases, websites or connect to other sources via API.

Set up the automated workflow

Set up the entire workflow by connecting the custom email parser to your Nanonets receiving address. All emails forwarded to your Nanonets inbox will now be processed by the email parser.

You can also define parsing rules to transform/process the extracted data into appropriate output formats.

Finally define the destination that you would like to export the refined data into. You can export the data directly into CRMs, ERPs, external databases or connect via Nanonets’ API.

Nanonets can also be connected with any app of your choice via Zapier.

Take away

It sucks that there is no unified API that can work across food delivery apps.

But you can still power your own food delivery API with an intelligent data parser like Nanonets coupled with some integrations.

Nanonets can achieve this by extracting data from delivery emails. The Nanonets email parser can be used to extract info from all kinds of emails - e.g. exporting Outlook emails to Excel or extracting data from email attachments.