How the pandemic transformed the delivery world


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic flipped the world upside down.

From grocery and meat shortages to businesses desperately needing employees.

One delivery driver, Christopher Roundtree told WDHN how COVID-19 changed his job experience.

“It was like a boost of everything, I was just kind of shocked and that was the time when restaurants were closed,” Roundtree said.

With in-person dining largely stopping during the pandemic shutdowns, this caused the demand for food delivery to explode last spring.

Takeout Star Dothan partners with several local restaurants for delivery. Part owner of Takeout Star Dothan, Chris Stump said for them, it’s not much of a bust or boom, but steady business.

“I wouldn’t say a boom, and I wouldn’t say a dip we’ve got out loyal customer base that’s been there throughout time,” Stump said.

With relaxed restrictions now, many believe delivery services are the future of the food industry.

“Doing deliveries that does multiple restaurants and I think it’s gonna remain a big thing on that factor, only because it gives people the chance especially when they working,” Roundtree said. “It just makes it easier for convenient for them.”

Stump’s goal is to meet the delivery wants and needs of local residents, along with keeping themselves safe.

“We just want everyone to you know stay safe out there, whatever it takes,” said Stump.

Takeout Star Dothan is also looking for drivers and encouraging residents to apply.

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