Covid-19 impact: Postmates introduces contactless deliveries

9th March 2020 (Last Updated March 9th, 2020 12:29)

US-based online food delivery start-up Postmates has introduced contactless delivery options to reduce the possibility of person-to-person transmission of Covid-19.

Covid-19 impact: Postmates introduces contactless deliveries
Postmates introduces contactless deliveries to reduce the possibility of person-to-person transmission of Covid-19. Credit: Postmates.

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US-based online food delivery start-up Postmates has introduced contactless delivery options to reduce the possibility of person-to-person transmission of Covid-19.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the US has reached 550.

In a blog post, Postmates said that that the company has rolled out Dropoff Options, enabling customers to specify how they will prefer to receive the delivery.

The options include the conventional choice and a non-contact option where the couriers will leave the orders at the customer doorstep.

To select the service, customers can choose a contactless delivery option during the check-out process.

Postmates added: “We know there are always people who, for health and other reasons, might prefer a non-contact delivery experience and we believe this will provide customers with that option.”

A grocery delivery start-up Instacart has also launched a similar service.

Contactless deliveries were first adopted in China and Hong Kong after the coronavirus outbreak.

It is aimed to reduce human contact between the consumer and courier during deliveries, helping to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases around the world has reached 107,600 with the death toll rising to 3,654. The total number of countries affected has also increased to 98.