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Food Delivery in Demand During COVID

With social distancing the new norm, consumers are clamoring to have takeout food delivered. Third-party delivery services are partnering with businesses large and small.

Offering delivery can help restaurants mitigate costs during this period of disruption and also ease the return to normal working conditions once COVID-19 is no longer a threat. The rate of adaption to new regulations, technologies, and ways of working has allowed thousands of operators to offer uninterrupted service in a time of great uncertainty.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how much growth there has been in this area, since services such as Deliveroo, Uber Eats, and Postmates haven’t released recent usage statements. But higher demand has led to higher pricing in some areas and some companies are recruiting new drivers for their delivery to staff. Uber, for example, recently provided Uber-only drivers with information on adding Uber Eats food deliveries to their services. Within the first week, around 15% of Uber drivers had completed their first food delivery.

At the same time, restaurants that did not previously offer delivery are now doing so. This list includes small-town locales and fast food as well as fine dining establishments. For example, Hide, a high-end restaurant in Mayfair, London, partnered with Supper, a third-party delivery company that specializes in delivering fine restaurant meals. Prices start at £3 for bread and butter and go up to £240 for 30g of Beluga caviar.

Changing regulations means that in many places, beer, wine, and alcohol are also on the menu for delivery.

Jim Sherwood serves as chief creative, brand strategist, lead developer, meticulous project manager, and station collaborator for all Skyrocket Radio sites and projects.

Jim got his start in radio at WLSM in the small town of Louisville, MS in 1988. Since then he has worked on-air in all day parts and has held nearly every other station position at one time or another. Jim has worked for radio stations in several states and for iHeartMedia (Clear Channel Radio), CBS Radio, Cumulus Broadcasting and a few small locally-owned stations. He even hosted a morning show on an aircraft carrier for two years while in the Navy. Jim has a passion for radio history, music, gadgets and all kinds of geeky web stuff.

After 14 years at Clear Channel Radio, Jim left the industry in 2013 to devote full-time attention to his company, Mediagin Creative, a small freelance creative agency that develops WordPress websites as well as produces commercials for radio and TV. After being asked by the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters to speak to a panel of small market station owners about the need for better websites, it became apparent that an easy to use and low-cost solution was needed to assist smaller markets in competing for online ad dollars. Skyrocket Radio was born.