I thought I had done such a great job of planning for the lockdown. I did a big shop before the official lockdown was announced and thought it would be enough. The challenge was that my kids were all now home all the time, so we naturally consume more food. This means that my stocks are running low and I constantly have a running list going of thins we need. We are not keen to make too many trips to the shops so we have been waiting until we have a few essential things (my kids feel that chocolate is an essential item) on the list and then are doing a mad dash to the shops but it is stressful going out, right?
Also, I forgot to plan for the Easter weekend and it was starting to look like we were going to have spaghetti bolognaise for lunch on Sunday! Thankfully Uber Eats have just launched their platform to provide essential grocery items!
This means that you can now log on to your Uber Eats app, see what stores have been loaded and order your essential items! This service has just launched so new store are being added all the time.
What are essential items?
The following items will be available for purchase through the stores on Uber Eats groceries, medicines (no scripts), frozen meals, fresh fruit juices and ready-made healthy meals to toiletries, household goods and vitamins.
How does it work?
So, it works pretty much the same was as it did when the restaurants were open. You pick the store you want to buy from. Then pick your items and check out.
There is no set list of stores as they are unique to your area and what stores are on board. The good news is that stores are constantly being added in, so keep checking to see what is available.
There are some added features that you make this an even more convenient and safe option.
- Contactless drop-off: In light of COVID-19, the app has introduced contactless delivery feature at checkout, which now enables you to request that the order be left at the doorstep of your home to reduce interaction.
- Track your order: watch in real-time as your essential items are packed and picked up, and delivered to your home. You’ll be able to see their name and photo and track progress on the map.
- In-app Chat: The in-app chat feature is about improving the ability to multitask with daily activities, enabling you to effectively switch between tabs without losing access to Uber Eats.
- Delivery fee: Delivery with a minimum delivery fee of R25 will apply. There will be free delivery with orders over R50 from 6-12 April 2020.
Just note that you will not be able to pay cash for orders. This is to further promote a contactless transaction.
Because I am tired of cooking and we are all tired of the same food we decided that we would braai for a change. So I hopped on to the app, ordered some rump steak and Steakhouse sauce and in minutes (literally) the meat arrived ready for us to braai!
I have found that even though I did plan, there was a lot of stuff that I did not plan for and so we have felt the need for shop visits more often than I thought. We are doing our best not to head out to the shops so having the option now to order the things we need on Uber Eats has made life a lot less stressful.
Remember to stay inside and stay safe and get all your essentials with Uber Eats.
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