Delivery Services for Food and Merchandise

delivery servicesIt seems like it doesn’t matter where I am and in which country. There are delivery services for food and merchandise that didn’t exist until a few years ago. I appreciate some more than others. There are delivery services that have been around longer, and I probably don’t need to mention their brand names. I will, however, just for the sake of completeness.

Merchandise Delivery Services

In the United States, many stores provide their own services. Walmart is just one example. Virtual storefronts like Amazon.com take care of retailers who don’t have their own delivery services. It’s the only one I’m familiar with, since I don’t spend much time in the United States.

There are two that I’m familiar with in the Philippines because I’ve used both of them at one time or another. They’re Lazada and Shopee, both based in Singapore. I’ve ordered quite a few things through Lazada, not so much with Shopee. Unfortunately, the quality of the items I’ve ordered was a hit or miss kind of thing. Most of what I’ve received was made in China.

Food Delivery Services

GrabFood is only one part of the Grab corporation, also based in Singapore. Another part is a ride-hailing service. I’ve had food from S&R pizza, McDonald’s and Jollibee delivered using the GrabFood service. There are two other services available that I’m not familiar with: Foodpanda and Maxim, which also has a ride-hailing service.

In the United States, most pizza and Chinese food restaurants have their own delivery services. The pandemic changed a lot of things, and I can’t be sure of anything anymore. There are services like DoorDash, but I’m completely unfamiliar with them. My younger son, who’s in the United States, says their fees are outrageous. There’s also Uber Eats, which I’m unfamiliar with as well.

It’s Less Expensive than Driving

Many people still drive to fast-food places like McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell, but it’s usually on the way to somewhere else. I don’t know about the United States, but getting food delivered in the Philippines is a lot less expensive than going to get it. That’s even if you ride inexpensive public transportation like Jeepneys and Tricycles. I looked at one receipt and saw that the driver only got paid 35 pesos for a delivery from Jollibee. That’s less than a dollar. I frequently tip a few pesos as well. Filipinos don’t get paid much compared to Americans in the United States.

No delivery services are that cheap in the United States. I can’t tell you what the fees are because, again, I don’t spend much time there.

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