May 26, 2020
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Good morning! I hope you had a lovely long weekend. This Tuesday, Slice's CEO gives his outlook for the future of food delivery, governments might make tech pay for the COVID recovery, and room service involves robots now. Want Index in your inbox each morning? Subscribe here.
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Slice isn't like other food delivery apps. While Uber Eats and DoorDash handle delivery themselves, Slice is more of a pure tech company: It provides software that helps pizzerias do online delivery, letting them use their own delivery drivers. Its CEO, Ilir Sela, recently explained why that is.
That's part of why Slice is going after a very specific market: pizza. Not only is it delicious, it's also economically better.
Slice recently raised funding from KKR, which it plans to use to build out its offering and add more pizzerias to its platform. One thing it certainly won't be using the money for? Hiring drivers.
We talked about much more, including what pizzas travel well and how COVID is affecting pizzerias. Check out the full interview.
I spent basically my entire weekend on TikTok, which I am newly addicted to. In an attempt to justify that time as being "productive," here's a cool thing I found: a Savioke robot delivering room service at an Indiana Holiday Inn. It's the cutest thing ever — it says "Yay!" when you give it a five star rating and even says "Bye!" when it leaves. I'm very excited for my next hotel trip.