TechKNOW Tomorrow – Fast Food Delivery Apps

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As long as COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly, most of us are self-quarantining in order to stay safe for the coming months ahead. But months without stocking up on groceries is unrealistic (if not impossible), and in our consumer-driven world that’s largely dependent on fast food, lasting without it will most certainly be a challenge.

Most fast food restaurants across the country are either temporarily closing or preventing seating arrangements at their locations, meaning drive-throughs are practically the only option for ordering food. But even that puts us at risk of contracting COVID-19 at the checkout window. You might be wondering if there is a safer option.

There is. Fast food delivery apps have been all the rage over the last couple of years. Through an app, you can safely order and pay for your food from the comfort of your own home. Most apps allow numerous options for restaurant and customization choices. So how does it work exactly? Let’s take a look at a few apps that work locally.

SkipTheDishes

Here’s one that’s exclusively Canadian. SkipTheDishes offers a wide variety of restaurants to choose from such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, and City Light. Choose the restaurant that you want to order from, scroll down, and then select the meal. Like most delivery apps, SkipTheDishes gives you additional customization options such as cutlery and condiments.

While the app usually has multiple payment options, users are temporarily restricted to online payments to reduce contact with the outside world. This means that it’s a lot safer than going through a drive-through! Depending on your device, here are the Android and Apple links.

DoorDash

Similar to SkipTheDishes, DoorDash offers a lot of restaurants to choose from when ordering food. The same customization options are available for users, though with a different selection of restaurants. While there are some fast food options like Harvey’s and A&W, DoorDash also features fine dining restaurants such as Montana’s and Swiss Chalet.

If there’s one downside to DoorDash, it’s that they don’t have safety protocols in place for workers or customers… yet. That said, you can leave special instructions within a ‘Notes’ section, which could be used to tell the delivery driver to leave it on your front step after knocking. This should grant you some peace of mind in the coming months. Check out the Android or Apple app if you’re interested.

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Instacart

Definitely the “freshest” delivery app on the list (excuse the pun), Instacart is quite new to Newfoundland. So new, in fact, that few have even heard of it. That said, Instacart has recently started offering service in St. John’s and it might not be long before you can start having food delivered. Unlike the fast food options on the list, Instacart is aimed at delivering fresh groceries to your door, which sounds like an excellent idea in a time of crisis like this one.

Instacart allows you to choose from multiple grocery stores and items from the comfort of your home. After you purchase the goods, someone will deliver the items to your doorstep within 24 hours. Unfortunately, some items might be more expensive than they would be in stores, but if safety is a concern, a bit of extra money is a small price to pay (literally). Again, check out the Android or Apple app if this sounds intriguing to you.

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While there are other fast food delivery apps, most of the local ones only offer service for a single restaurant (e.g., Domino’s Pizza – Android and Apple links here). Beware of using these apps as they may not have safety policies in place for you or their workers. Always be sure to do your research before ordering food from anywhere. We hope this was helpful!

At techKNOWtutors, we realize that adapting to technology isn’t easy. Although most services have closed, we remain open – digitally – to answer your internet-related questions. If you need help with improving your digital literacy, send us an email at techknowtutors@cscnl.ca or join our Facebook group and send us a message.

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