As social distancing and work from home have become normal due to the coronavirus pandemic, almost all our daily routines have changed. There is a change in the way we buy groceries and visit any of our favourite restaurants or cafes. And, the drop in foot traffic has made restaurants switch to take-out and delivery. Eventually, many of us are forced to use the food delivery services that will deliver our orders right at our doorsteps so that we can enjoy sumptuous food at our home.
Of course there are food delivery apps that make this possible. In addition to these, several restaurants have started the delivery service on their own as it will help establish a direct connection with the customers. Talking about the food delivery apps, a few such services still operate in the Netherlands and make sure ordered food reaches customers. Having said that, here we list the food delivery apps that you can rely on during the pandemic outbreak.
Founders: Greg Orlowski, William Shu
Founded year: 2012
To curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the food delivery platform Deliveroo will let orders to be dropped off outside rather than letting the delivery personnel meet the client. Also, the service has given restaurants additional packaging in select regions to defend food orders from coronavirus.
Founders: Travis Kalanick, Garrett Camp
Founded year: 2014
Uber Eats, the food delivery giant is waiving delivery fees on all orders across the Netherlands. It is also ramping up its marketing strategies via email and promoting free delivery from restaurants. It has also onboarded dozens of restaurants in person and train the personnel so that they can deliver meals now as restaurants need to remain closed.
Founder: Jitse Groen
While the cabinet has decided that all food and beverage outlets have to be closed, Thuisbezorgd.nl will remain open. Many takeaways and delivery will be affiliated with Thuisbezorgd.nl, which is a part of Takeaway.com. The delivery site has taken measures such as contactless delivery ensuring that orders are left at the door.
Founder: Jantine Doornbos
Dropper based in Groningen is a marketplace for city logistics. Given that restaurants are closed, Dropper is open to restaurant deliveries so that it can provide more work opportunities for employees. By joining with this delivery service, restaurants will be able to deliver food to your home.
Founders: Dominik Richter, Thomas Griesel, Jessica Nilsson
Founded year: 2011
Based out of Berlin, HelloFresh is on a mission to transform the way people eat, forever. This is a food subscription company that sends pre-portioned ingredients to users’ doorstep each week. Given that you cannot step out of your home due to the spread of the coronavirus like a forest fire, you can use HelloFresh to get groceries, fruits, veggies and other ingredients delivered to your doorstep and prepare sumptuous home-cooked meals.
Caution: While there are claims that coronavirus cannot be contracted from food, it is concerning that person-to-person contact during food delivery could expose you to the virus. So, ensure to take necessary precautions to disinfect your home as suggested by health organisations such as WHO and wash your hands after touching the food parcel or the surface where it was placed.
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