The Growing Demand for Food Delivery in the Workplace
During the age of COVID-19, those still working in offices had their lunch options reduced drastically. Gone were the days of walking across the street to the local sandwich shop and having a nice sit-down meal on your lunch break. As the light at the end of the COVID tunnel slowly approaches, and workings are heading back into their offices, lunch options still remain sparse. A Cowen & Co. survey of 2,500 consumers showed that in December 2020, 52% said they would avoid restaurants and bars even after they fully reopen. While that percentage is decreasing, not at a rate fast enough, and office workers hungry for lunch had to forage elsewhere. Office workers were surveyed to be 45% more likely to order or continue ordering delivery than they were before the pandemic started. (Source)
Enter, the golden child of the pandemic, delivery services. Delivery is no longer considered a luxury, but a necessity. We have seen all kinds of delivery services take off over the last year, from restaurant food, groceries, household goods, anything you could find at your local shopping center can now be brought to your doorsteps. Nothing exemplifies the rise of delivery services quite like 3rd party food delivery services. Reports and filings for initial public offerings from the biggest delivery players offered a glimpse into the numbers behind this large industry boom. The four largest food delivery companies (DoorDash, UberEats, Grubhub, and Postmates) hit a combined revenue of about $5.5 billion from April to September of 2020 (Source). While many restaurants were forced to close their doors temporarily, and many, unfortunately, permanently, the variety of restaurants offering delivery took a large dip. Through this, the rise of ghost/cloud kitchens was happening as well.
With invention being popularly described as the child of necessity, the rise and adaptations the delivery industry has made have shown it has the staying power to last in a post-pandemic world. As the number of employees that have returned to their offices grows, services, like the ones we offer at ToGoBOX, are available to meet the demand of office employees wanting high-quality lunches from great local restaurants delivered to their workplace. ToGoBOX’s model offers a large number of orders from the same office to be delivered quicker and cheaper than traditional 3rd party delivery apps, while also drastically reducing foot traffic through offices, and helping small, local restaurants recover from the hits they took during the pandemic.