A radical change in the world is evident owing to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The spread of this pandemic has left national economies and businesses counting the costs, as governments struggle with new lockdown measures to tackle the spread of the virus. Trades, as well as both small or big ventures have been affected in different demeanors. Some have been completely shut down after facing disastrous repercussions, while others have somehow boomed in an exceptional course of action.
One such venture which has up-surged phenomenally during the pandemic is that of home food delivery. “Food delivery is going to be one of the only winners of this situation,” says Mintel’s food service research category director, Paul Davies.
During a March 2020 survey of consumers in the United States, 41.7% of respondents stated that if confined to their homes during the coronavirus, they were likely to purchase food online through home deliveries.
In view of the deadly epidemic, an imposition of strict lockdown throughout the world has lured individuals to advance towards home delivery options in order to savour the pleasures of their preferred eateries. A shut down of the eating houses, shops, and markets due to health and safety concerns and in order to minimize social contacts, an eruption in the rise of home delivery has become evident.
The process of online home delivery appears to be a seamless process. With just a single tap on the screen or a quick call leads you to your best-loved food being delivered on your doorstep. Online food ordering allows customers to place an order virtually at any time, from anywhere, saving the time and resources typically spent on travelling to pick up a meal. There is an ability to easily customize or reorder an elimination of potentially waiting in a long line at the restaurant, and improved order accuracy adds more to it.
Moreover, having minimal contact is preferable during such excruciating circumstances. Therefore, having a rider service cuts down the unnecessary contacts which usually take place when dining in. Additionally, online order systems have more perks and options. Who doesn’t want more bang for their buck, or more options to order their meal? Online food ordering can provide all of this and more. Promotions and vouchers provided to customers further dazzles up their experience and convince them to order habitually.
However, this venture comes with its own threats and dangers. Risks include the possibility of contamination of food or packaging, which is handled by other people, for instance, the delivery driver. Although reputable chains and good restaurant kitchens are most likely to be geared towards professional, hygienic food preparation – there is probably a minimal risk from a freshly cooked takeaway meal. Additionally, there is little direct evidence of people catching the virus from droplets that have ended up on objects such as food or food packaging, but it’s difficult to gather this evidence so we can’t rule it out as a route of transmission.
Worth to note is the possibility that there is no guarantee that the rider who is in charge of delivering the package has washed his hands, is wearing a surgical mask, or is following proper Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The biggest question mark which seeds in the minds of the customer is wondering if the driver themselves is a carrier of the virus.
Considering this, many delivery services such as Deliveroo, JustEat, Postmates, and UberEats have responded to the crisis by introducing contactless delivery options to eliminate the risk of spreading the virus between the customer and driver.
Founded in 1865, Chicago Steak Company has been carrying out their tradition of specializing in hand-cut, Midwest raised, USDA Prime beef. They raise, trim, and age their steaks using centuries-old techniques, then vacuum-seal each individually, locking in flavor and freshness.
This award-winning steak house is a fine paradigm of executing exceptional delivery services throughout the US to their valuable customers. They provide a safe and contact free method of delivery during the ongoing pandemic. Upon placing an order with the Chicago Steak Company, they go at all possible lengths to ensure that the package arrives in excellent condition.
All of their steaks are vacuum wrapped and flash frozen in their natural juices to lock in the flavor. The steaks are then wrapped in an attractive food grade paper, sealed with the Chicago Steak Company’s gold label, and placed in a gorgeous gift box. Those gift boxes are placed inside their reusable insulated cooler with enough dry ice to keep them cold until arrival. The whole process of contactless delivery is handled with immense care, following the relevant SOPs.