The lockdown caused by the novel coronavirus — the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 — is not only affecting everyone’s daily lives, but small businesses are taking a huge hit.
While large companies have a wealthy reserve of cash and are outfitted to handle sudden slumps in product flow, small businesses and startups that operate day-to-day are struggling to manage the impact of complete loss of income. In fact, a recent survey conducted by WalletHub “found that 87 percent of small business owners say their business is hurting from the coronavirus, and 35 percent say that their business cannot last more than three months in current conditions.”
Small businesses are essential to the American economy.
Not only are small businesses “emotionally rooted in buying and selling with friends and neighbors” in local communities, but small businesses are oftentimes “the only type that can survive while serving a reduced population” in towns, villages, and rural areas, while also offering “new employment opportunities.” When it comes to small businesses serving big cities, these establishments are fundamental building blocks that “often offer a more diverse inventory or specialize in providing unique or personalized customer experiences.” On top of that, due to their small operational size and internal hierarchy, small businesses are generally able to offer a more curated, higher-quality, and healthier product than larger companies.
This is why it’s crucial to support small businesses during these incredibly uncertain and rough times!
Many local restaurants across the country have battened down the hatches by closing their doors to in-dining seating, yet still offer take out and delivery options. Even though restaurants have been forced to change and reduce their hours to accommodate the lack of cash flow, make the extra effort to adjust to meet them halfway.
Enjoy your favorite meals, while infusing your local community restaurant with the cash it needs to stay afloat!
10 Delivery Apps for Lockdown
So, you’re down with trying out some of the local restaurants and small business cuisine options, but you’re not really supposed to be leaving your house all that often with the lockdown.
That’s where delivery apps come in super handy!
If you’ve never used a food delivery app or service before, lockdown is the perfect time to try out a few different companies and find your favorite. From the super popular and widely used apps — such as Uber Eats and DoorDash — to smaller and simpler set-ups — such as Beyond Menu and Eaststreet — to all-in-one apps that can deliver takeout, drop off laundry, and pick up grocery essentials — such as Delivery.com — there’s definitely an app to fit your needs and pricing!
1. Grubhub (iOS/Android)
Grubhub is one of the longer-standing on-demand food delivery services available. This app “helps you find and order food from wherever you are.” With Grubhub is that you don’t necessarily have to have a restaurant in mind. They have a local restaurant locator, so all you have to do is “type in an address [and they’ll] tell you the restaurants that deliver to that locale.” On top of that, the app will also give you a heads up regarding pickup restaurants in the area.
The really great thing about Grubhub? They not only provide delivery to your door, but they also load their app with “reviews, coupons, special deals, and a 24/7 customer care team.” Plus, right now you can choose to donate your change to the “Grubhub Community Relief Fund,” which goes to “organizations supporting local restaurants and drivers impacted by COVID-19.”
Grubhub accepts Apple Pay, Android Pay, PayPal, eGift and credit cards, or good old-fashioned cash. While the company doesn’t charge delivery fees, restaurants do, so you may end up paying a range of delivery fees, typically between $4 to $8, but Grubhub will pick up the tab on your first order.
2. Doordash (iOS/Android)
Doordash’s mission is to “connect people with the best in their cities … [by] … empowering local businesses and in turn, [generating] new ways for people to earn, work, and live.” They also launched a program called Project DASH — DoorDash Acts for Sustainability and Hunger — which seeks to “tackle the problems of hunger and food waste in the local communities we serve.”
With the Doordash app, you can search by the type of food you’re interested in eating — let’s say Indian, Chinese, pizza, or dessert — or you can search based on the city you’re in. The standard delivery fee for Doordash is $5.99 (which can go as high as $8.00, depending), but right now they are waiving the delivery fee on local restaurant deliveries over $15!
3. Uber Eats (iOS/Android)
Uber Eats may be one of the more popular of the food delivery apps. They make finding food, ordering, and paying super easy!
Either search the app for a specific restaurant or enter your zip code for a listing of open restaurants to get inspired. Choose a restaurant, select your dining options, verify the address, and take a gander at the estimated delivery time and price. Typically, a $4.99 delivery fee is charged at checkout, but it can go up depending on the restaurant’s guidelines, distance, and current demand.
The cool thing about the Uber Eats app is that you get to see your order succeed all the way from the restaurant — make sure they accept and prep your food! — to the pickup — you get to see your delivery person’s name and photo — to delivery — the app offers a tracking device all the way to your door!
4. Postmates (iOS/Android)
Postmates isn’t just about getting that delicious dinner served up to your doorstep, it’s about getting pretty much anything served to your doorstep at pretty much any time.
They seek to bolster local businesses — from restaurants to goods stores — and empower communities by “transforming the way goods move around cities [and] enabling anyone to have anything delivered on-demand.” When you place an order, Postmates uses a “revolutionary Urban Logistics platform” to connect you order with a local courier.
Postmates is one of the few delivery services that offers unlimited free deliveries when you go with the Postmates Unlimited service. This applies to orders over $12 (just reduced from $15!), reduced fees on eligible orders, exclusive deals, and a free 7-day trial. How much does the unlimited service cost? Either pay monthly at $9.99 or annually at $9.99, which comes out to around $7.99 a month, so you save!
5. Delivery.com (iOS/Android)
Delivery.com is another service that isn’t just about restaurant delivery but also seeks to support other local businesses. Need your laundry done? They’ll deliver and pick up. Need a bottle of wine? They’ll get it for you. Looking to get groceries delivered? Delivery.com is on it!
For each service, you can completely customize the experience from where you get the food, where you have laundry serviced, and where your groceries are shopped. Plus, with Delivery.com it’s free to order with a typical delivery minimum of around $15 and you get to save up points that are cashed in for gift cards and rewards!
Delivery fees do apply, but they depend on the service you’re requesting, as well as the restaurant’s guidelines.
6. EatStreet (iOS/Android)
While it may not be one of the most well-known, this little food ordering and delivery service app has been around for 10 years and serves over 250 cities and 15,000 restaurants.
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, EatStreet professes that it was “born to be the world’s smartest shortcut between” hungry and happy. Their goal is to make ordering-out as “second nature as humanly possible,” which bolsters local restaurants to be able to serve easier.
Eatstreet has at $12.00 delivery minimum on most orders and the delivery fee changes depending on the restaurant and distance.
7. goPuff (iOS/Android)
Maybe you’re not seeking a full-on meal to be delivered, but you forgot to pick up those snack items to enjoy during your Netflix movie later?
goPuff is the app for you! How does it work?
Instead of working around the time frame of convenience stores that stock your favorite goodies, goPuff purchases and fills a warehouse with goods and then delivers them to you whenever you need them. What are the goodies they stock? Anything from daily essentials to over-the-counter medications to cleaning supplies to snacks and beverages.
goPuff charges a flat delivery rate of $1.95 — that’s every time, no change and no surge pricing — and are available 24/7.
Plus, goPuff has launched the Health Care Support Initiative, which pledged $1 million in orders to health care workers and financially supports employees who may become sick, keeping both drivers and customers safe during these extraordinary times.
8. Beyond Menu (iOS/Android)
If you’re looking for a super simple, no-hassle, limited bells and whistles app, then Beyond Menu may be the perfect option!
Find local restaurants serving your favorites by using the Beyond Menu search engines, — by location, type of cuisine, what’s open, locales with free delivery, and restaurants offering coupons — browse menus, and read restaurant reviews. Once you know you’re jam, go ahead and place your order and Beyond Menu will get your food piping hot to your door!
While Beyond Menu may not be the most well-known food delivery service, they offer service to thousands of restaurants in over 25 cities. Plus, they focus on offering an “authentic niche community infused with food experience content from your neighbor’s next door.”
Beyond Menu has a delivery minimum of $15 and delivery fees range depending on the specific restaurant’s guidelines and distance.
9. Seamless (iOS/Android)
If Grubhub isn’t your jam, but you do enjoy the platform give their subsidiary, Seamless a try!
Seamless is a 100 percent online service offering the simplest and easiest way to order food for delivery or takeout. They work the same way as Grubhub and even offer the same donation service to the Seamless Community Relief Fund. Plus, when you use the Seamless app, you’ll receive discounts, promotions, and perks to cash in on.
10. Bite Squad (iOS/Android)
Born from a duo entrepreneurial partnership in Minneapolis, Bite Squad offers a super-fast, super easy, and affordable way to get your favorite bites delivered to your front doorstep.
Bite Squad is proud of their simple ordering engine and unique 5-step status checker: see when your order has been placed, as it’s sent to the restaurant, when the cooking begins, the moment your driver checks the order for quality, and when your food is on its way!
Plus, Bite Squad takes the time to partner with local restaurants to bolster the community and aim for high-quality options!
While there’s no fee to join Bite Squad, keep in mind that your final price will include the food you ordered, taxes, and delivery fees.
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