In recent years, and especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, online ordering has gone from a desirable convenience to an absolute must for restaurant survival. Picture: Pexels/Norma Mortenson
In recent years, and especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, online ordering has gone from a desirable convenience to an absolute must for restaurant survival. Picture: Pexels/Norma Mortenson

Level 4: The advantages of ordering food online

By Lutho Pasiya Time of article published Jul 9, 2021

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Last month President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country was going back to alert Level 4. Basically, hard lockdown again.

And that meant no restaurant sit-ins, no alcohol sales, and no on-site consumption of alcohol. The only thing you can do at this moment, if you crave your delicious fast food, is to visit your favourite restaurant for a takeaway, or order online and have your food delivered to you.

Online ordering has been around in the restaurant industry for quite some time. However, in recent years and especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, online ordering has gone from a desirable convenience to an absolute must for restaurant survival.

In addition to helping businesses stay afloat, online ordering offers many advantages to customers.

In this article, we will dive into four advantages of online food ordering for customers, today and beyond.

Discounted offers

These order food online apps offer different types of discounted offers for new customers or during various events. You can even apply a coupon code that you have received, to get an additional discount. This will help you purchase your favourite meal at a budget price that may not be possible in offline food outlets or restaurants.

Minimal contact

While months ago, minimising human contact during restaurant transactions was merely a preference, the Covid-19 pandemic has elevated that preference into a priority.

During this time, minimal contact helps protect you from the spread of the virus. But even as that spread slows, you may continue to enjoy the minimal contact that online ordering can offer, as it can accommodate busy schedules and allow you to safely send any kind of meal to friends, and loved ones.

Versatile choices

You get better choices as you can choose food from popular restaurants with versatile menus available. You may choose from vegan or non-vegetarian meal options too. You can opt for your favourite cheesecake or waffle from one single outlet or various other restaurants near your location.

Easy payment process

The payment process regarding food delivery services is quite convenient. You can make the payment through debit cards, credit cards, etc. An E-wallet option is also provided to users sometimes, with offers on coupons and promos. If you are not comfortable sharing your credit card or debit card details, you can also use the cash on delivery option. Food delivery services are simply amazing, as they deliver food directly to your doorstep without much effort.

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