Deliveroo issues coronavirus advice as delivery firms thrive
London-based food delivery firm Deliveroo issued an announcement regarding the steps it was taking to protect customers, riders and restaurants from the spread of coronavirus.
CEO Will Shu, who is known to have also worked shifts as a Deliveroo driver, said in the announcement: “As well as providing restaurants with additional packaging and stickers to seal the delivery bags, we’re also launching a no-contact drop-off service which will mean you can request in the app that your rider leaves the food on your doorstep - removing the need for direct contact for both parties.”
The company also said it would provide “financial support” to riders, albeit only those diagnosed with Coronavirus.
Deliveroo is far from unilateral in its rollout of no-contact delivery, with delivery companies across the world rolling out initiatives to leave food on doorsteps. McDonald’s, Starbucks and others such as Postmates have brought in additional drop off options.
Food delivery services are experiencing something of a boom as self-isolation cases increase and they become one of the only ways of interacting with the outside world. Consequently, Shu emphasised the platform’s capability for the delivery of household goods: “As well as food from restaurants and takeaways, you can also order kitchen and household products from local stores and supermarkets on the Deliveroo app, making every day life that much easier.”
Other gig economy jobs have experienced a fall rather than a rise in demand due to coronavirus, with the likes of Uber and Lyft seeing a tailing off in demand for rides. Gig economy workers face a stark choice of continuing to work while ill or staying home and not being paid, considering they lack the protections afforded by traditional jobs.
Non-IT experts ‘to build majority of tech products by 2024’
80% of technology products and services will be built by non-technology professions by 2024, says research firm Gartner.
This is according to a new report from Gartner, which claims a new category of buyers outside the traditional IT organisation is now responsible for a growing share of the overall IT market.
“Digital business is treated as a team sport by CEOs and no longer the sole domain of the IT department,” said Rajesh Kandaswamy, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “Growth in digital data, low-code development tools and artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted development are among the many factors that enable the democratistion of technology development beyond IT professionals.”
COVID-19 Accelerating Technology
Technology has started expanding into all areas of business, creating demand for products and services outside IT departments. In 2023, Gartner anticipates that US$30 billion in revenue will be generated by products and services that did not exist pre-pandemic. Gartner analysts said the rapid expansion of cloud services, digital business initiatives, and remote services opened the door for new possibilities in integrations and optimisation.
The research found that COVID-19 also reduced barriers for those outside of IT to create technology-based solutions by providing an entry point for anyone who was able to serve pandemic-induced needs. Gartner said technology providers are now finding themselves increasingly entering markets related to, or in competition with, nontechnology providers, including innovative firms in financial services and retail.
Gartner expects high-profile announcements of technology launches from nontech companies to proliferate over the next 12 months.
“The availability of business technologists provides new sources of innovation and the ability to get work done. Thus, technology and service providers will need to extend their sourcing of ideas and technology development into new communities, whether they are based on citizen development, their own customer communities or other sources,” said Kandaswamy