Our project proposal for Temple MPP students is to draft a policy paper analyzing the ways that the app-based delivery companies have affected restaurants in Pennsylvania, exploring the impact of commission and fee caps like the one in Philadelphia, and providing policy recommendations to support and protect the restaurant industry in the future.
Expected Deliverable: The final product is a policy paper providing information about the restaurant industry in Pennsylvania, and how it has been affected by app-based delivery services. We are interested in concrete recommendations about what is working, what challenges remain, and what policies can support struggling restaurants.
The policy paper should answer myriad of questions, such as: Are restaurants relying on delivery apps, and how is that affecting their profits? How did business change for Philadelphia restaurants when the commission cap became law? What was the effect on the restaurants’ bottom line? How do the financial situations of Philadelphia restaurants compare to restaurants in other parts of the state? What successes or challenges have been encountered in implementing and enforcing the commission cap? What lessons can be learned from other jurisdictions that have enacted local policy to protect restaurants?