Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week

Use Apps to Conveniently Have Restaurants Deliver Meals Directly to Your Home

April 04, 2020 Jason R. Rich Season 1 Episode 5
Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Use Apps to Conveniently Have Restaurants Deliver Meals Directly to Your Home
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Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Use Apps to Conveniently Have Restaurants Deliver Meals Directly to Your Home
Apr 04, 2020 Season 1 Episode 5
Jason R. Rich

In this episode, you'll discover smartphone apps, like Door Dash, Grub Hub, Postmates, and Uber Eats, that have teamed up with restaurants in your community so you can place and pay for your food orders directly from the app, and then have your meals delivered right to your door - often with no contact with the door delivery driver. 

Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, using a food delivery service offers a safe and convenient way to enjoy food from your favorite restaurants, without having to leave your home.

This episode also explores apps that deliver from retail and convenience stores, as well as supermarket delivery apps.

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In this episode, you'll discover smartphone apps, like Door Dash, Grub Hub, Postmates, and Uber Eats, that have teamed up with restaurants in your community so you can place and pay for your food orders directly from the app, and then have your meals delivered right to your door - often with no contact with the door delivery driver. 

Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, using a food delivery service offers a safe and convenient way to enjoy food from your favorite restaurants, without having to leave your home.

This episode also explores apps that deliver from retail and convenience stores, as well as supermarket delivery apps.

Featured App of the Week – Episode #5

Welcome back to the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich. As the majority of us are stuck at home during this COVID-19 pandemic, cooking meals everyday has probably gotten a bit tiresome, while at the same time, restaurants in your community are struggling to stay in business.

While in-restaurant dining is not in anyone’s best interest from a health standpoint at this time, many restaurants are staying open to offer a take-out only option. This still typically requires people to leave their homes to pick up their meals at the restaurant.

Thanks to smartphone apps like Door Dash, Grub Hub, Postmates, and Uber Eats, you have another potentially safer and more convenient option. These services have teamed up with local restaurants throughout the United States and other countries around the world to offer an at-home delivery option for restautants.

Upon choosing a meal delivery service app that supports your community, set up a free account that includes providing your address and payment information just once. 

Then, using the GPS built into your smartphone, the selected app will seek out all participating restaurants for which it offers delivery service. This includes restaurants that typically never offered home-delivery in the past, including everything from fast food establishments, like McDonald’s, mid-priced chain restaurants, like Applebee’s or TGI Fridays, and even the independently operated 5-star restaurants in your community.

Listings for each participating restaurant are displayed within the app, and can be sorted by cuisine type and price, for example. There’s also a Search field that allows you to find restaurants by name, or you can enter a cuisine type, and see restaurants that offer the type of food you’re currently craving. It’s also possible to sort restaurants by their average star-based ratings.

When you launch the app, Door Dash, Grub Hub, Postmates, and Uber Eats display which restaurants are currently open and approximately how long you can expect delivery of your food order to take.

Upon selecting a restaurant, its menu will be displayed on your iPhone’s screen. 

You can now pick and choose what you want to order, plus make special requests as needed. For example, you can request no salt, extra cheese, or having the sauce or dressing for your entrée placed on the side.

As you complete each order, there’s a field within the app that allows you to type special requests or instructions for the people preparing your food or the food delivery driver.

Once you make your food selection, you’ll pay for your order directly through the Door Dash, Grub Hub, Postmates, or Uber Eats app, and have the option for adding a tip for the food preparers at the restaurant and your delivery driver. 

Depending on which meal delivery service and restaurant you choose, you may be subject to a minimum order requirement and/or need to pay a small delivery fee which will be added your total bill. Keep in mind, the delivery service fee, when applicable, is separate from the food delivery driver’s tip.

After placing your order, the delivery service app will keep you posted through messages about the status of your order and when you can expect your food to be delivered. 

The delivery time once you place your order is typically between 30 and 70 minutes, but this depends a lot on where you live, how busy the delivery drivers are, and how busy the restaurant is when you place your order.

Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, using a meal delivery service app, like Door Dash, Grub Hub, Postmates, and Uber Eats, offers convenience and allows you to skip having to prepare restaurant-quality meals yourself. 

In addition, you’re able to stay safely at home while still supporting the local restaurants in your community, as well as those working as delivery drivers.

If you wind up using one of these meal delivery services on a regular basis, each offers an optional subscription plan that allows you to pay one flat monthly fee, but receive free delivery, as well as up to 10 percent cash back on each order.

Each app also offers ongoing specials or promotions to help you save money. For example, displayed at the bottom of the Grub Hub app is the Perks icon. 

Tap on this icon to see special offers from local restaurants. These offers might include free delivery, free appetizers or desserts, or a discount off of your total order.

Once you set up a free account with Door Dash, Grub Hub, Postmates, and/or Uber Eats, you’ll also receive emails that alert you of daily or weekly promotions and money saving offers.

In addition to food delivery apps, many chain-based restaurants, like Chipotle, Domino’s Pizza, Panera Bread, McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Steak ‘n Shake, Dunkin’, KFC, Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, Subway, and Olive Garden, have their own proprietary app that during the COVID-19 pandemic allows you to place orders from your smartphone, in some cases for either pickup or delivery. 

And, some restaurants are offering free delivery with as little as a $10.00 minimum order. Again, you should definitely still tip your food delivery driver.

Beyond just ordering food from local restaurants that you can have delivered to your home, apps like Postmates will also deliver from other local businesses, including convenience stores.

Keep in mind, Door Dash, Grub Hub, Postmates, and Uber Eats are popular examples of food delivery apps. Based on where you live, however, other services and apps may be supported in your community. To discover your options, within the Search field of the App Store, type “food delivery.”

Also, don’t forget that most supermarkets offer a proprietary smartphone app that allows you to compile a personalized grocery shopping list that the supermarket will fill and deliver right to your home. There’s also an app called Instacart that works with a wide range of supermarket and pharmacy chains.

Delivery fees apply, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, specific items you order may not be available. Within the Search field of the App Store, type the name of your favorite supermarket to determine what delivery services are available and how much they cost. This also applies to popular pharmacy chains.

As for the food delivery apps, these days, they provide an option for eating restaurant-quality food without having to leave your home. 

Oh, and you’ll discover that many of these apps offer a no-contact option or policy, so the delivery driver will leave your order at your front door without needing to interact with you in-person.

That’s it for this edition of Featured App of the Week. I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening.