If you want to skip cooking without having to go out to a restaurant, delivery is always a great option. Pizza delivery is always a winner if you want a good, quick, hot meal. When it comes to ordering delivery, there are a few steps you can take to be a great customer.
Tip #1: Order Directly from the Restaurant
Instead of ordering your food through a delivery app, order your food directly through the restaurant itself. You can call the restaurant directly to place your order or do so on their website if they accept orders online.
It is generally best to order directly from the restaurant if they offer their own delivery services, as many food apps charge the restaurant a high percentage on each transaction, which can result in the restaurant barely making any profit on your order. Ordering directly, especially from small local shops like a nearby Italian pizzeria, can really help the business.
Tip #2: Tip Your Delivery Driver Well
Next, be sure to give your delivery driver a nice tip. Right now, there is a high demand for food deliveries, which means that your driver is more than likely hustling in order to get you your order on time and to then move onto the next order. Food drivers also take extra precautions to keep things safe and sanitary and deserve a nice tip for their efforts to keep you safe.
Tip your food driver like you would if you were dining-in. A 20% tip on your pizza order will make you a favorite customer for the pizza delivery drivers in your area!
To reduce any possible contamination that can come from handing your driver cash, if possible, add the tip to your card.
Tip #3: Reduce Contact with Your Delivery Driver
If possible, pay online or over the phone when you place your order, and be sure to add a tip to your order. Let the restaurant know if you would like a contactless delivery, where the food will just be placed by your door, and the drive can ring the doorbell or knock to let you know the food has arrived before leaving. Being willing to accept a contactless food delivery will make the process safer for you and for the delivery driver.
Tip #4: Order During Off-Peak Hours
If you place a pizza order at 5 pm on a Friday, don't expect to get your order for a while. Just like with dine-in restaurants, restaurants that rely more on delivery and order pick-up also experience a dinner rush. If you really want to get a 6 pm delivery on a Friday or Saturday night, consider placing your order about two hours earlier. If you want to get quick service, order your food outside of peak dinner hours.
Tip #5: Make it Easy to Find Your Home
If you like to order delivery on a regular basis, make it easier for the driver to find your home by investing in house numbers that are easy to read from the road. If you place an order in the evening, be sure to leave your front porch lights on to make it easier for the driver to find your home.
When you order delivery, you can be a better customer by ordering directly from the restaurant, tipping your driver well, reducing contact with your driver, and ordering during off-peak hours. Also, make sure you have a visible house number and leave the light on if you are placing an evening delivery. These simple steps will help the restaurant provide you with the best service that you order your food from.