Deliveroo set to land in King’s Lynn
Following the arrival of UberEats in the Lynn area late last year, Deliveroo has now announced they are branching out to 100 new locations - with Lynn named as one of the smaller towns they are now aiming to cover.
The service, often recognised as a fundamental cog of the gig economy, will provide jobs for young people that may have been left on furlough or on Universal Credit due to the lockdown.
Deliveroo has seen increased engagement from customers; including larger numbers of orders per customer and use of their Deliveroo Plus subscription programme due to lockdowns and travel restrictions.
Among other places said to be targeted by the company are Yeovil in Somerset, Scarborough, Llanelli and Exmouth.
Deliveroo Plus customers are charged 49p for every delivery they order. This is in addition to the £11.49-a-month subscription for the service, which also includes special offers and exclusive deals.
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Deliveroo CEO and founder Will Shu said of their success: “This year we have seen rapid consumer adoption of online food delivery, with more people ordering more frequently.
Covid has accelerated strong underlying trends and there is an enormous opportunity ahead.At Deliveroo we are relentlessly focused on developing the leading proposition for consumers, riders and restaurants.
“We will be investing in expanding delivery-only kitchens, expanding on-demand grocery, developing new tools to help restaurants grow their businesses and giving consumers increased choice.”
With the company adding grocery delivery as part of their service it could prove useful for those who are elderly or home bound due to health conditions.
One Lynn resident, who worked for JD Wetherspoon branch The Globe has said: “Lockdown and Tier restrictions have seen me in and out of work like a yo-yo, something like Deliveroo would be great for me and more secure.
"These are strange times, but I think something like this can benefit everyone. More people are ordering online and using apps. I used to only see the bikes in Cambridge, it will be strange to see them here!”
With 46,000 more partnerships the company can expect rapid growth in the coming months and can also offer a helping hand (or ride) to those in need.