We’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and governments are announcing that all pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants should close for dining and all people should self isolate if possible. This is a very challenging time for hospitality businesses.
However, the demand is higher than ever! Customers still need to eat and drink and the supermarkets are struggling to meet demand. With most people now practicing social distancing, the opportunity to directly supply food, drink (including alcohol if permitted) and essential items for pickup or delivery has increased exponentially.
Enterprising Hospitality business owners will now see that if they quickly pivot and turn their establishments towards pick up and take away that they can meet this demand and sail through this uncertainty with their businesses, workforce, suppliers and sanity intact!
Not only can business owners keep the cash flowing but this transition is essential as people urgently need quick and easy access to food during this time to help essential workers, local customers and vulnerable people stay fed and healthy, and to keep the economy pumping.
With a variety of online food ordering platforms such as Deliveroo, Just Eat & Uber Eats, it is entirely feasible to keep staff in work and continue to make money for your business, making minimal sacrifices.
We have put together a set-by-step guide below to enable hospitality businesses to seize this opportunity, but in fact even retail businesses, bars, pubs, theatres, gyms, coffee shops, delis, bakeries or members clubs that currently serve food, coffee, soft drinks or alcohol (where permitted) can transition to becoming a takeaway, in no time at all.