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UberEats Announces Free Delivery For All Black-Owned Businesses

As corporations move to right their wrongs in response to mass political unrest, UberEats has announced the waiving of all delivery charges for black-owned restaurants.

The policy will last for the entirety of 2020, the company announced in an email last Thursday, and the included businesses will be featured in a prominent list on the app. A prompt, imploring users to “support Black-owned restaurants,” will appear to direct the user towards the list anytime the app is opened.

“We know there is no easy solution to the problem we have faced for centuries,” wrote the company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in said email, “We also know that we need to devote our time, energy, and resources toward making a difference.”

The email contained a list of other measures that the company will be enacting in support of these statements, including: a $1 million donation to the Equal Justice Initiative and Center for Policing Equity, discounted rides to black-owned businesses who have been affected by COVID-19, a policy tying Uber executive’s salaries to measurable progress in diversity goals, and the publishing of the company’s workforce data in hopes to be held accountable by the public.

It’s promising to see a corporation the size of Uber taking tangible steps towards helping the businesses and employees that haven’t received support in years past. One can only hope that other corporations, those who have remained silent or released empty statements, take note. 

Khosrowshahi ended the email with a call of support to the cause, unminced and encapsulating of the company’s motives:

“Lastly, let me speak clearly and unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.” 

While this is a positive start for giving awareness and a platform for Black-owned restaurants, the fact that UberEats is not lowering its core business of fees to the restaurant should be noted and still criticized. In a restaurant climate that’s already been ravaged by the pandemic, charging 30% for service fees is still a glaring problem that UberEats, along with other third party delivery apps, need to address. In the grand scheme of things, the delivery fee is nominal.

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Food Delivery Services Offer Customers Incentives During Covid-19 Concerns, But What About Their Drivers?

Yesterday, Postmates announced that it would be slashing delivery fees in half for orders worth more than $10 between the hours of 10am-2pm, capitalizing on the recent wave of social isolation due to COVID-19. 

This comes only two days after the company made a dual announcement, stating that it planned to waive commission fees for restaurants, therefore allowing them to join and use the app for free, as well as pay for any COVID-19 medical expenses their drivers accrued. 

The two announcements serve as a microcosm of the juxtaposition delivery services currently lie in: with business surging due to the increased number of people staying home,  what’s the proper response to their workers, who lie at the frontline of exposure, and their struggling restaurant partners?

There appears to be no clear cut answer. 

Postmates took some of the first action in early March by introducing non-contact deliveries, allowing customers to choose a drop off location for their food. But, with most companies working from home, American cities beginning to shut down entirely, and most delivery services remaining tight-lipped about the issues, drivers felt left in the dust.

As lawmakers pressed companies like DoorDash and Uber to improve situations for their workers, food delivery services scrambled to distance themselves from the issue. DoorDash and InstaCart quickly announced paid sick leave for workers diagnosed with COVID-19, and Postmates took the aforementioned measures.

This still doesn’t leave drivers with much room to breath, though. If one is infected, money will be lost regardless, either in the form of time spent going to the doctors or time spent quarantined.

Grubhub took effort to help only restaurants, with a similar strategy to Postmates, by slashing their marketing fees. No word, however, was said about the affected Grubhub delivery drivers.

Though, certainly, these companies seem to be trying to help their associated restaurants and individuals, business is still going on as usual.

And we’ve seen, in multiple countries, what will happen if business goes on as usual, and what happens when it doesn’t.

Delivery services can’t come to terms with the scale of the virus, and the measures it’s going to take to prevent widespread infection. There’s too much money to be lost. And, with no one wanting to leave the house, and drivers relying on the wage they earn for sustenance, the money will continue to roll in.

As long as delivery companies are delivering, and drivers are still dependent on work, ordering delivery with timely promotions doesn’t offer much of an ethical issue. Though, the privilege of being able to put another human at-risk to allow oneself to self-isolate should be noted, and also warrant a hell of a tip.

But, if these companies are as serious as they say they are about preventing infection, that would mean halting business for a week or two, since their entire business plans revolve around sending drivers through different cities to interact with others. This, in turn, would probably harm already struggling restaurants, as well. 

It’s hard to see a right answer with how our gastronomic economy is set up. It’s an ecosystem that runs out of necessity, one that won’t stop turning until it’s forced to.

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7 Food Delivery Hacks That Will Come Through In The Clutch

Food delivery has taken the country by storm without question, but it comes with plenty of tradeoffs. On the one hand, there’s a lot that being in the restaurant has to offer, including the freshness of the food, that you lose out on. However, being at home and getting the food to come straight to you also provides its conveniences.

By looking at what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to delivery, it’s possible to mitigate the cons and transform the food delivery experience into the jack-of-all-trades we can lifehack it to be. From using our stovetops to saving on water for dishes, there’s plenty of small changes we can make when ordering in that’ll take the experience up to a whole new level.

Here’s a few quick hacks that you can easily pull off the next time you’re ordering delivery.

Reboil Your Broths

When ordering pho or ramen, you want that broth to be piping hot to get the maximum enjoyment out of it. Since it usually arrives at your door slightly cooled down, reheating is the best option here. Microwaves can be pretty uneven with bringing every part of your container to temperature, so bringing it up to a boil on your stove is the way to go. Your tastebuds and stomach will be thanking you.

The Perfectly Timed Delivery

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It may take a while to master this, but if you can time your delivery order so it arrives at home the same time you do, there’s no need to wait. It requires knowing how long your commute home is and how long the delivery will take, but that extra attention to detail will be worth the result.

Keep Rice On Deck

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One of the biggest gripes with delivery is the extra charge all of that rice can stack on. Why pay a huge markup for the starch when you’ve got bags of it in your apartment? Whether you make a couple of cups in the rice cooker or have a microwaveable pouch on standby, it’ll help save a bit of money in the long run.

Take Advantage Of Your Toaster Oven/Air Fryer

Nothing’s worse than when the fries, fried chicken, or other crispy foods show up having lost their crunch. A quick blast in a toaster oven or air fryer, however, is all they need to be revitalized and to enjoy that eruptive texture.

Buying Your Favorite Mains In Bulk

If you’re skipping the rice deliveries as mentioned above, why just get a single order of orange chicken or spicy wings? Stock up on a few, and you won’t have to get delivery so much, reducing those additional fee costs. A few orders at a time means you can save some in the fridge and appropriately reheat them to get your favorite meals on repeat at a better overall price.

Know Who’s Got The Best Deals

Every food delivery app has its strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to know when to use which for each situation. Chief amongst that is keeping tabs on deals and discounts, which can be ordered via coupon or code. Grubhub and Doordash are your spots for coupons, while Postmates and Ubereats tend to have some helpful codes dropping weekly.

Any Container Can Be A Plate, Too

Dishwashing can always be a chore with delivery, but remember that the serving vessels also make for great plates, too. Even a standard vertical takeout box can be broken down into a functional bowl if you know how to hack it right. Check the above video for clutch a step-by-step guide.

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The Ideal Times To Use Every Food Delivery App [GUIDE]

It’s 2018, and it seems like the food delivery apps out there are a dime a dozen. However, if you read between the lines and look at the features of each program, you may find some surprising differences that make each one useful in different situations.

Depending on your preferential eating habits, level of convenience, and ability to spend, one app may make better sense to use in one scenario versus another. To illustrate that, here’s a look at a few of the different major delivery apps out there and the optimal time to get your grub through each.

UberEats

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UberEats has a unique model for its delivery fee system: The closer you are to a particular location, the cheaper the delivery fee is. If you’re within about a mile of a restaurant, you basically get free delivery and just pay for the food. It’s perfect for those who are too busy to step out and get lunch.

The Ideal Usage: Use UberEats when you want food from nearby but are too swamped at work (or whatever else taking up your time) to go pick it up yourself.

GrubHub/Eat24/Seamless

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Out of all of the apps on this list, Grubhub (who recently bought Eat24 and also owns Seamless) has the most extensive list of takeout options. It can be used for delivery, too, but if you want to skip the associated fees and have a massive online database of takeaway menus on hand, this app makes perfect sense.

The Ideal Usage: Use Grubhub when you’re craving takeout and don’t want to pay delivery fees. Or if you’re like me and just want a massive collection of takeout menus to choose from.

Doordash

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Doordash just recently added their own pickup option, but it’s still a fledgling, so many restaurants haven’t hopped on board yet. Still, Doordash’s new DashPass and loads of “Try Me Free” delivery discounts make it a go-to app for the adventurous diner who would rather have someone else cook for them.

The Ideal Usage: Use Doordash if you get meals delivered to you all the time and want to be as diverse in your dinner options as possible.

Postmates

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Postmates is so much more than a meal delivery app, because you can get groceries, sundries, and other items delivered to you on demand as well. You can also pay into a monthly program to get free delivery all the time, making it a clutch move for when you really need that pound of ground beef right now.

The Ideal Usage: Similar to Doordash’s, but for all different kinds of items and for those who cook regularly as well.

Amazon Restaurants

To compare Amazon as a whole to all of these apps would be like comparing Superman to the rest of the Justice League, so we won’t go there. In terms of the restaurant app, though, it doesn’t offer much yet in terms of discount options, but has a ton of local eats available. If you prefer to have one program or website that you get everything from, aka the perfect Amazon user, this is great.

The Ideal Usage: If you already get literally everything on Amazon.

GoPuff

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GoPuff is an app at the intersection of convenience store and delivery. It can get you basically anything you need from the mini-mart, but isn’t meant to get entire meals from. Great if you have a sudden urge for bags of chips or some alcohol, however.

The Ideal Usage: When you need something from the convenience store ASAP.

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You Can Only Get These Limited Edition McDonald’s Merch On One Day

Fast food brands are starting to integrate themselves into our lives with more than just their food. First KFC, now McDonald’s wants to give you streetwear that you’d legit want to sport anytime you go out.

On Wednesday July 26th, McDonald’s is launching their McDelivery food delivery service in partnership with UberEats. To celebrate the service going live in multiple countries worldwide, the golden arches is also giving free merch thats actually fly as hell. Lowkey, I’m going to need that sweatsuit ASAP.

The “McDelivery Collection” includes a sweatsuit, sliders, onesie, pillow set, and picnic blanket, and will only be available to customers who order through McDelivery from participating restaurants on July 26th.

View the full collection below: