Businesses offering contact-free delivery in Australia
Whether you're in isolation or are just trying to maintain a safe social distance, these businesses are here to help.
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While social distancing does not mean becoming a complete social pariah, it does make a lot of everyday tasks all the more challenging. Businesses, in particular, are now having to reconsider their customer approach within the current climate, with several now turning to contact-free delivery models.
Food delivery services
Popular food delivery services like DoorDash, Menulog, Uber Eats and Deliveroo were some of the first to announce a contactless option, allowing users to order meals without having to be in direct contact with the delivery driver.
All DoorDash deliveries are now "no-contact", unless you request otherwise in the app. Food will be left in an agreed upon location on the ground by your Dasher, who will then text you a photo and wait from a safe distance until you have collected it.
When using Menulog, customers can opt to leave a comment in the notes box requesting contactless delivery and can provide information on the best place to leave the food.
Similar to Menulog, Uber Eats users can now leave a note in the app for their driver to leave their meal on the doorstep.
Deliveroo customers can select the "contact-free" option when checking out online or through the app. The driver will then knock on arrival, place the order on the doorstep and wait nearby to ensure that you receive it.
Domino's now has a zero contact delivery option that involves the driver placing your order on the doorstep before moving back to a safe distance. They will then contact you by phone to let you know they have arrived and will wait to ensure that you have collected your order before leaving.
Pizza Hut takes things one step further, with both contactless delivery and contactless pick-up options now available. When arriving to pick up your order in store, you will be asked if you would like a "contactless pick up" and, if so, you will then be directed to a designated "contact-free pick-up zone".
When requesting a delivery, users will also have the option of ticking a box announcing that you're in self-isolation. The driver will then call on arrival and discuss where you would like your order to be left.
McDonald's has now introduced a contactless option for in-house dining which sees employees leave food bags on the counter instead of handing them to customers. You can also use the mymacca's app to order and pay, further limiting contact with employees.
All orders placed through Woolworths are now contactless and will be placed at your doorstep in reusable bags. The supermarket is also offering contactless pick up at its in-store service desks.
Postal delivery services
As Australia's public postal service, Auspost has now implemented strict new rules to keep customers and workers safe.
All parcels will now be delivered without a signature, be it at a post office or at a residence. In either case, an Australia Post staff member will record the customer's name and sign on their behalf. The parcels will then either be left on the counter or on your doorstep, depending on where you are.
Additionally, in-store self service terminals will be temporarily closed to keep customers and workers at a safe distance from one another, while the use of parcel lockers is strongly being encouraged.
Tips include sitting in the back seat of any ride-share service where possible, washing hands before and after each ride, wearing surgical masks if arriving from the airport and only using ride-share services where necessary. For a full list of tips, you can see our guide to ride-sharing during a pandemic.
As a further measure, Uber has also announced that any driver or user who has been diagnosed with COVID‑19 will now have their account temporarily suspended. Drivers are to receive 14 days of financial assistance while their account is on hold.
Whether you're shopping for fashion, beauty, tech or homewares online, these are the stores are offering contactless delivery options:
|Lyka Pet Food||Pets||Go to site|
|Edible Blooms||Books, Gifts and Cards||Go to site|
|Peppermayo||Fashion||Go to site|
|Forever New||Fashion||Go to site|
|Zanui||Home and Garden||Go to site|
|Kogan||Electronics||Go to site|
|boohoo||Fashion||Go to site|
|Adore Beauty||Health and Beauty||Go to site|
|Chemist Warehouse||Health and Beauty||Go to site|
|The Iconic||Fashion||Go to site|
|Apple||Electronics||Go to site|
|Sephora||Health and Beauty||Go to site|
|Target||Department||Go to site|
|Cotton On||Fashion||Go to site|
|SurfStitch||Fashion||Go to site|
|PrettyLittleThing||Fashion||Go to site|
|The Good Guys||Electronics||Go to site|
|Witchery||Fashion||Go to site|
|Rebel Sport||Fashion||Go to site|
|Dan Murphy's||Food and Drink||Go to site|
|Freedom Furniture||Furniture||Go to site|
|Book Depository||Books, Gifts and Cards||Go to site|
|Appliances Online||Home and Garden||Go to site|
|JD Sports||Fashion||Go to site|
|Myer||Department||Go to site|
|Fantastic Furniture||Furniture||Go to site|
|Priceline||Health and Beauty|
What is contactless delivery?
Instead of interacting with the person delivering your goods and signing for your package, contactless delivery involves having your package delivered and put in a safe place without signing for it or having contact with the person making the delivery. In some cases, retailers request that you verbally agree for the person delivering your goods to sign for the package on your behalf. The contactless delivery process tends to look slightly different for each company, but you will be able to find details on the retailer's site.
Where will my delivery be placed if I opt for contactless delivery?
Most retailers will give you the option to select where you would like your delivery to be placed. If this option is not available, it will likely be put in the safest and least visible location closest to your front door.
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