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Online Meal Delivery – The Next Big Thing

Is online meal delivery the next big thing?

Yes, Americans are more and more frequently turning to their computers to order their meals.

Spurred by the rapid expansion of food-delivery services, online food ordering is set to overtake traditional telephone orders for the first time, according to new data from market research firm NPD. In just five years, the number of online orders has skyrocketed, doubling from around 403 million in 2010 to 904 million by May 2015, Quartz reported.

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“Online ordering offers a level of ease and convenience that phone ordering can’t match,” a spokeswoman for GrubHub Inc., which owns popular sites GrubHub and Seamless, told The Huffington Post in an emailed statement. “It provides users and restaurants with a quicker, more efficient way to place and process orders.”

The company currently processes about 1.6 million orders a week, she said.