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How food and grocery delivery services are emerging in this pandemic era?

The sudden pandemic is making revolutionary changes across the world and the conventional schools are helping the students to study online and companies have started work from home for all the employees so that remotely they can work and complete their tasks. 

The individuals are restricting themselves from stepping out of their places and focusing on telehealth apps to get their treatments.

All the routine checkups and healthcare services can take place virtually where doctors can meet their patients on their demands. 

In the same manner, the coronavirus is changing the eating habits of society on a larger scale. 

When the virus was still at its peak and when the lockdown was still placed and forced on individuals. The inhabitants still did not have any option to dine-out at restaurants. 

All the grocery stores and supermarkets were completely operational even in those times. 

The eating habits, as well as the behavior patterns of the individuals, are changing gradually because of this global pandemic.

Even the individuals are trying their level best to reduce the touch-points at all the public locations in all the ways possible. 

This provided massive opportunities and new beginnings to all the food and grocery delivery start-ups to take advantage of the current pandemic scenario of the market and reap the rewards. 

All the start-ups are looking for innovative ideas to make their services and apps stand alone in this competitive market and even the modes of delivery services are being changed at a rapid rate. 

1.    Meeting the new demands:

Even the individuals are looking for various delivery services which are on their demand and are innovative and the need for delivery services are felt more this year. 

The modes of delivery services are going to be plain sailing for all the start-ups and the need to make a rapid ramp-up of all the delivery fleet to meet the new demands in the market.

For instance, Instacart has come up with new vacancies of hiring around 300,000 workers across the North American region to meet the rush. 

Such hirings were to be fulfilled after 4 years but the rush and the potentiality to serve the customers declined and that’s when the company decided to provide the jobs.

Doordash has made some priority programs for all the employees of the restaurant’s staff to sign up for all the dashers.

These are the two-way benefit programs since most of the workers are out of work because of the mass shutdown. 

They can even use the opportunities to make up for their financial needs. In return, Doordash delivers easy access to the greater pool of all the workers.

2.    Efforts to sustain restaurants:

The dine-out options available to people got curbed for all the restaurants and the economies of the world need to make several changes in their services to keep surviving in this competitive market. 

The sustainability and the market scenario helps the restaurant to operate at a much larger level.

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For instance, Doordash has started taking its commissions from all its existing restaurant partners at the rate of half of the commission which they used to charge on all the restaurants. 

The independent and sovereign restaurants across the United States can sign up for free with Doordash and Caviar and are allowed to provide their services free of commissions for around 30 days. 

Moreover, the Doordash and Ubereats have certainly dropped their delivery fee services to zero for all those independent restaurants. This will assist the restaurants to fetch more orders and can boost up their sale of services which were lost earlier. 

Doordash is even making a step forward by promising to reserve $20 million for restaurants to conduct all the programs for marketing to help the restaurants to get the desired volume of customers for all the merchants. 

If the online delivery platforms and services were unavailable many restaurant and cafe owners could have lost in the competitive food market and such platforms have proved beneficial for restaurants to help them from shakedown.

3.    Expansion of services:

The ongoing pandemic is constraining the food delivery companies to go even beyond the usual expectations and even add more food products and items to their offerings. 

For instance, Instacart entered into a partnership agreement with Costco to authorize the pharmacy product deliveries covering the 200 locations across Arizona, Florida, Delaware, Illinois, Newyork and much more regions in the United States of America. 

Making a step forward the startups can also develop a unique proposition for all the hospitals and several other medical institutions.

They can even own the delivery of food and groceries to all the institutions by making sure that the items have not come in the direct contact of the person infected with the virus at the outlets or during the completion of the delivery process. 

4.    Cloud kitchen is the future:

Even though the home deliveries might provide some relaxation for a few weeks. It will take even much longer and even several years for all the individuals to feel comfortable to have their regular or daily meals at the restaurants as they used to have it if we talk about the pre-pandemic period.

If the same trend continues, the restaurants do not need much space reserved for Dine-in and that’s when they will provide the available space in the restaurants to provide the rent to a large space when all they require is a kitchen to serve their customers. 

Renting the spaces might appear much more expensive and even comprise around 30% of the operational costs of all the restaurants. 

In such a scenario, cloud kitchens can even help the restaurants to cut down their operational costs and provide enough space for the restaurant looking forward to the place to cook its food. 

Hubs with 20 or even more than 20 kitchens can grant multiple restaurants to operate efficiently and this might also assist the delivery services to cut down their delivery fees by designing and allocating the delivery areas more predictably and by enabling the batches for various orders. 

Start-ups are investing even in infrastructure ready cloud kitchens as they will provide high rewards in the near future. 

The strengths to construct these hubs are even much higher and the effort is going to be worth the upside. 

The Last Sentence:

All such innovations in the food industry are likely to bring positive rewards for the company in the long run.

To eradicate the virus from the lives of the individuals, the landscape of the food and beverage industry is likely to make a massive shift.

All such ventures and pandemic equally changed the behavioral patterns of the individuals as well as called out for major revolutionary changes which need to be integrated by the restaurants.

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