While the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to alleviate in some parts of the world, there are still millions affected in regions such as India who is still seeing the widespread virus continue to take a toll on the country.
Many former business owners have had to close up shop due to the economy taking a heavy hit once quarantine and lockdown regulations started being passed by the government. Finding ways to comply with the new laws and scientific discoveries meant lowering occupancy limits within a store or having to completely shut down all physical locations for an undetermined amount of time.
Tailors, medical representatives and office workers alike saw their career take a nosedive with no safety net in sight. Every displaced worker still has to feed themselves and often times their family as well. The driving force behind their need for new work didn't change their financial obligations, which is where food delivery and online ordering come in to provide some hope for these resourceful individuals.
Commercial food tech and delivery giant Zomato has helped many small businesses find a place in the market needed to get a head start on their restaurant endeavors. Ghost kitchens allow establishments that were previously closed down to still offer their full menu through a shared cooking space thanks to advancements in restaurant tech.
Each ghost kitchen still has to conduct their own order management through their preferred platform, but it also gets to leverage lower costs by renting only the space that's needed. Being able to start fresh with ghost kitchens has seen different restaurants teaming up to offer their menu items together under a new, jointly-operated brand.
Not only has takeout food delivery helped established restaurants grow, it's allowed small businesses offering any product to thrive without an expensive storefront. Zomato has even partnered with local non-profits to help bring meals to medical and volunteer staff, on top of rapid delivery of oxygen and supplies via motorcycles able to cut through traffic.
Some impacted workers have actually embraced the new opportunity that comes with food delivery, praising the ability to earn as much or as little as they want depending on their current financial needs. Most delivery companies will provide vehicles to use for a monthly rental fee, making start-up more accessible than ever.
The drivers aren't the only ones embracing this new restaurant tech. Shop owners that create the goods they sell on their own are able to ditch the production floor and start producing their signature items from the comfort of their own home. Once an order is placed, they're able to complete it right away and simply pass it off to the delivery driver who makes sure it arrives on time and in perfect condition.
With no estimate available for when things will go back to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic, it's a toss-up on whether or not restaurants will go back to brick-and-mortar locations or stick to food delivery through ghost kitchens and online ordering.
That being said, it's safe to say that food delivery itself isn't going anywhere. An estimated 60% of households order food on a weekly basis which is enough to drive the need for delivery options on its own. Grocery stores, delis, farmers markets and even retail shops are seeing more and more customers requesting the ability to have their items delivered the day they're ordered.
Cuboh was created not only to address the rising demand for delivery, but also to help anticipate the growth and scale companies often see when adding delivery as an option at checkout. By placing all orders, regardless of delivery app, in one central dashboard, owners are able to perfect the art of order management and focus on their other tasks.
Don't let your favorite or personal business suffer from the impacts of the pandemic, see how Cuboh can make the process of integrating new food tech into your existing business as simple as possible. Taking care of small business needs is just one way Cuboh is able to give back while also driving the industry forward.