On June 22, Portland’s City Council voted to extend its cap on the fees third-party delivery apps can charge restaurant owners. Originally put into place via emergency order in July 2020, the ordinance prevents companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats from charging more than 10 percent in commission from Portland restaurants, bars, and food carts. The order was set to expire on June 29, but it has now been extended until February 2023.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, use of food deliveries apps spiked, and apps were charging as much as 30 percent of the total cost of an order, cutting into restaurants’ already thin profit margins.
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