Food delivery platform Postmates is beginning what the organization is calling a “non-contact delivery” activity intended to help decrease the spread of the coronavirus when its contract laborers are delivering ordered meals and different goods.
The move was spotted by Recode’s Rani Molla and The Verge has affirmed it is in effect beginning today. Postmates clients who presently open the application should see a notification about the non-contact deliveries, which at that point prompts clients to input a drop-off option like “leave at the door.” The organization additionally emailed registered clients about the new option. It isn’t mandatory.
“Today, we’re introducing Dropoff Options, which will give our customers the ability to specify how they’d like to receive deliveries,” reads a new blog post from the company published Friday. “Customers can choose to meet their Postmate at the door, as they have before, meet curbside, or go non-contact and have deliveries left at the door,” Postmates says you can add the non-contact delivery option during checkout if you skipped the prompt when first opening the app today.
Postmates is a long way from the only delivery organization to start taking more serious measures to secure both public health and the well-being of its clients and contractors. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Ele.me subsidiary and food delivery platform Meituan Dianping, the two of which dominate the Chinese food delivery market, have actualized comparable non-contact delivery options amid the coronavirus outbreak in the nation, Bloomberg reports. That is included secure drop-off and pickup locations to abstain from putting delivery laborers and clients in direct physical contact. Both are additionally asking delivery laborers — numerous from which use bicycles, motorcycles, and scooters — to wear masks, as well.