Seattle’s Delivery Pay Ordinance: Retailers and delivery workers grapple with losses

Apr 25, 2024
Written by WR Communications

Seattle’s retail landscape faces a harsh reality as the city’s Delivery Pay Ordinance continues to wreak havoc on revenue streams and earning opportunities. DoorDash reveals a staggering $7 million loss in merchant revenue just six weeks after the law’s enforcement, with projected annual losses potentially reaching $40 million. Meanwhile, app-based delivery workers are feeling the pinch, with 300,000 fewer orders placed through DoorDash in February and March alone, leading to a projected loss of over 1.7 million orders annually.

Renée Sunde, President/CEO of the Washington Retail Association, highlights the dire consequences, stating, “These numbers are tough to ignore, and paint a fuller picture of the unintended consequences that have resulted from implementing such an aggressive, untested new ordinance.”

Marcos Wanless of the Seattle Latino Chamber of Commerce echoes this sentiment, emphasizing the urgent need for the City Council to address the issue promptly.

Tammie Hetrick, president and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association, emphasizes the impact on small, family-owned businesses, urging the council to act swiftly. With proposed changes to the ordinance on the horizon, the city faces a pivotal moment in rectifying the detrimental effects on retailers, customers, and delivery workers.

Read more: Door Dash Press Release


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