With Covid-19 still dominating the headlines, we’re all taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus, so much so food delivery platforms, restaurants and even major supermarkets are offering zero-contact delivery options in order to protect customers.
Earlier in the year, supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles announced they would be offering contactless delivery, while pizza company Domino’s has also launched zero-contact delivery in Australia and New Zealand, with “no direct contact between you and [the] Delivery Expert”. For example, the person delivering your meal will now leave it on your doorstep and call or text to confirm it’s there.
Australia Post has also announced that signatures will no longer be required for parcel delivery, in order to minimise contact. There’s also no-contact options for McDonald’s drive-thru and Bunnings has implemented a new drive and collect service (an extension of its existing click and collect option), while liquor giant Dan Murphy’s has rolled out their direct-to-boot service — yes, you can now get alcohol delivered straight to your car boot.
All the changes got us thinking about why it’s more important than ever to use zero-contact services right now – apart from the obvious, which is preventing the spread of the virus, of course.
Tired of making the same thing? There’s nothing more comforting than the taste of takeaway pizza or curling up with some Chinese takeaway after a long day of self-isolating. It’s delicious, super convenient and keeps things interesting, especially if you’ve been opting for bangers and mash most nights of the week. Not to mention, it saves you a trip to the grocery store (and we all know how frustrating grocery shopping can be in a pandemic!). It also means you don’t have to leave your house — a definite plus if you’re in the middle of your favourite television series or card game.
While zero-contact services play an important role in getting meals, groceries and other goods to isolated households, it’s also keeping fellow Aussies employed. Since lockdown measures were first introduced in Australia in early March, hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs as restaurants, cafes, retail stores and even some offices were forced to close. The good news is, some companies like Domino’s Pizza are currently seeking out temporary workers as the demand for delivery services continue to increase.
If family dinners have been put on hold over the last few months, don’t fret, you can now enjoy family dinners without worrying about infecting anyone thanks to zero-contact services. That’s right, you won’t have to worry about sneezing on anyone’s food! And don’t worry, most food delivery platforms and restaurants are doing their best to keep things safe for you. For example, Domino’s Pizza is following strict food safety and hygiene procedures, including regular hand washing, sanitising and wearing gloves when making pizzas.
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