Food delivery services are waiving delivery fees

On-demand prepared food delivery services are removing delivery fees on orders from restaurant partners.

Uber Eats are offering its 22,000 restaurant partners across Australia and New Zealand no service fees on pick up orders until 30 June.

As of Friday March 20, DoorDash is also removing delivery fees on orders from restaurant partners and waiving commission fees on all pickup orders placed through its platform.

Uber Eats will also be offering restaurants the option to receive daily payments rather than once a week AND expand the platform’s capabilities to include caterers, during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Uber Eats and DoorDash have followed Deliveroo’s contact-less delivery measures to become the default drop-off option for all deliveries.

Janelle Sallenave, head of uber eats US and Canada said more customers are choosing to stay indoors, which is why the company is working urgently to drive orders towards independent restaurants on Eats, to help make up for the significant slowdown of in-restaurant dining.

“While foot traffic may have temporarily declined, fixed costs for our restaurant partners remain constant, putting their finances front-and-center,” she said.

On March 12 the Morrison government announced a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australian businesses in business.

The Morrison Government has also announced $1 billion to go towards supporting businesses ‘disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of the coronavirus.

“This will include the waiver of fees and charges for tourism businesses. It will also include additional assistance to help businesses identify alternative export markets or supply chains,” Morrison said in a statement.

The federal government will invest $6.7bn to boost tax-free cash flow for employers. The payment will provide cash flow support to businesses with a turnover of less than $50m that employ staff from the beginning of this year to June.

Businesses with turnover less than $500m will be able to access a 15 month investment incentive by accelerating depreciation deductions. These businesses are also eligible for an expanded instant asset write-off for asset investments of up to $150,000. 

State governments across Australia have announced their own stimulus packages which includes state support for the waiver of payroll tax, fees and charges for businesses, and additional maintenance and cleaners of transport assets.  

Specific state and territory information and assistance for businesses can be found on the federal government’s website.

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