(Reuters) -DoorDash Inc raised its full-year forecast for a key industry metric on Thursday, indicating it has largely skirted labor woes that have plagued most sectors to ensure seamless delivery of food and groceries.
Shares of the company surged 8% in extended trading after DoorDash also reported a better-than-expected 35% rise in revenue for the first quarter, while allaying concerns that an easing pandemic would prompt people to eat out more and order in less.
The company’s image as an enabler of gig-economy has helped attract a steady stream of delivery agents, unlike restaurant chains such as Domino’s Pizza and Pizza Hut that have struggled to maintain their fleet of riders in a tough labor market.
“There hasn’t been a fiscal stimulus since the first half of last year. And some of that might be playing a part into the attractiveness of being a Dasher,” DoorDash Chief Financial Officer Prabir Adarkar told Reuters.
The company also said its new incentive to offer 10% cash back on gas also helped retain delivery agents.
DoorDash now estimates gross order value, the total value of all app orders and subscription fees, of between $49 billion and $51 billion for 2022, compared with its prior range of $48 billion to $50 billion.
For the first quarter, the company posted a wider loss on higher costs, as it invested heavily in building out its delivery network for groceries, liquor and pet foods as well as its international business.
Overall revenue was $1.46 billion. Analysts on average were expecting a loss of 41 cents per share and revenue of $1.38 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES data.
(Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)