If the takeout will be closed, for the society, is the harm is greater than the benefit or benefit is greater than the harm?
How many people rely on take-out platforms for their meals a day?A few decades ago, the Internet was unheard of, but now the Internet is so developed that people can solve the basic necessities of life without leaving home. Some people even call Internet takeout the “fifth invention” of China.This is a bit of an exaggeration, but I have to say that there are many people who choose to order takeout today.According to the data released by CNNIC, by the end of June 2021, China has 469 million network takeout users, compared with the data at the end of 2020, a full increase of 49.76 million.Moreover, the number of online takeout users has accounted for 46.4 percent of all Internet users, which means that nearly half of China’s Internet users have ordered takeout.Take-out covering various a lot of people may not believe this data, but this is the case, and we can’t imagine that now the role of the delivery platform is not just “meals” so simple, can send the goods in addition to eat, fresh flowers, household products, digital products and so on, all delivered in the form of outside to sell.Even late-night drug delivery can rely on takeout.In terms of data, the coverage of take-out services is also very wide.The online catering market will account for more than 20 percent of the industry by 2020, according to data previously released by the China Hotel Association.At the same time, meituan’s flash purchase function, which can cover a more comprehensive range of product types, saw a significant increase in transaction volume and transaction value in the second quarter of 2021, both of which increased by more than 140% year on year, according to data released by meituan.The same is true of ele. me, another platform. Data show that in July and August 2021, the order volume of takeaway medicine on ele. me platform achieved a year-on-year growth of 130%. It is reported that ele. me’s “late night drug delivery” service covers more than 500 cities in China, with nearly 5,000 cooperative pharmacies.Combined with a variety of things, today’s takeout is not so simple to send food, but has covered People’s Daily life, can be said to be “powerful”.It is precisely because it provides so much convenience for people’s life that the growing number of takeout users also promotes the further development of the whole market.According to the data of China Business Industry Research Institute, as early as 2020, the market size of China’s takeout industry has reached 697.8 billion yuan, and according to its forecast, in 2021, the market size will further reach 794.1 billion yuan, the growth rate can even reach 13.8%.At the same time, the number of take-out related enterprises is also growing. Authoritative data shows that in 2020, the registration volume of relevant enterprises has achieved a year-on-year growth of 1389.64%, reaching 780,000.And, of course, there’s meituan, the food delivery platform we all know.Why meituan?Because in the whole takeout market competition pattern, The strength of Meituan is higher.According to the data, 98% of orders in the whole takeout industry are occupied by the three delivery platforms, and Meituan takeout’s market share has reached 66.7%, which is worthy of the first market share.However, even if the market share is very high, there are still many people who do not like Meituan and the whole food delivery industry. Moreover, many people believe that food delivery is “eating” young people and such “lazy economy” is not desirable. They even call for the cancellation of Meituan and food delivery.So, once Meituan, and even the whole food delivery industry is closed, will the impact on society outweigh the disadvantages or the disadvantages?What happens if takeout is shut down?Let’s look at the drawbacks first.First of all, the number of takeout users in China is close to 470 million. Once takeout is completely shut down, it will inevitably have a certain impact on these 470 million people.At the same time, the vast majority of the take-away business performance will be big loss, Meituan take-away, according to data by the end of the second quarter of 2021, the number of active business platform has already up to 7.7 million, when coupled with other delivery platform, merchants number will only be more, once without the take-away, business volume decline is inevitable, and so on a large scale drop,It could even bring down the entire restaurant industry.Finally, the closure of food delivery platforms will lead to a sharp increase in unemployment.Data show that the number of takeaway riders in China shows a growing trend, and has reached 7.7 million people, no takeaway is equivalent to more than 7 million people directly unemployed, the impact on the society is immeasurable.Of course, closing takeout may also have some benefits. For example, due to the platform mechanism problems, the number of traffic accidents caused by takeout riders has increased, which is also common in recent years. Perhaps the only benefit of losing takeout is that there are no dangerous drivers on the road.In that sense, closing takeaways may be “doing more harm than good.”Anyway, in a disguised way, the existence of takeout has changed many people’s lives, and even saved people’s cooking time and improved efficiency, which seems to contribute to the whole society.If it does, businesses, customers and riders may not agree.Do you think takeaways should be closed?Feel free to leave a comment in the comments section.