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Food delivery boys make a killing

Food delivery boys make a killing
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With just nothing but a bike and a smart phone many a youth are now attracted to the incentive laced job of food delivery, where some of them earn on an average Rs 1500 per day. Each delivery-based incentive encourages them to do more work with some of them ending up with working more than 12 hours at a stretch. 

Hyderabad: With just nothing but a bike and a smart phone many a youth are now attracted to the incentive laced job of food delivery, where some of them earn on an average Rs 1500 per day. Each delivery-based incentive encourages them to do more work with some of them ending up with working more than 12 hours at a stretch.

With national as well as international food apps competing with each other in the metropolitan cities like Hyderabad, those with basic knowledge of handling smart phones and familiarity with locations are keenly opting for hassle-free earning. On each delivery the bike-borne worker gets Rs 60 if it is within the radius of 5 kms and if the specified weight and distance increases there will be additional incentive.

This Ramzan to handle heavy demand of orders and that too at odd hours, the mobile app=based food delivery company, Swiggy had announced Rs 150 per delivery on weekends Friday, Saturday and Sunday to encourage the youth. “When I joined Zomato, there was a record holder who earned Rs 75,000 per month by delivering 220 food parcels in the month,” said Mohammed Abdul Jabbar.

In Zomato, the delivery boy has to reach the touch point (restaurant) and deliver the food parcel to the location from where the order came from. The boy gets the incentive of Rs 30 once he reaches that particular restaurant; even if the order is cancelled it does not affect his commission. In recent days, this food delivery work has become more lucrative than driving an auto or a cab. It came to light that there are people who are earning up to Rs 1 lakh by working 24-hours. This is possible with coordination of two people, where each one will work for 12-hours with same user ID. “I came to know that even some hotel managers are opting to work part time due to good incentives,” added Jabbar.

While Zomato has some relaxation, Swiggy has tighter norms where the boy needs to regularly communicate with the supervisors online. “We have tougher norms when compared to other apps and the delivery has to be made in a stipulated time. One customer was surprised when I covered 7.5 kms from Pista House to Sun City within a few minutes,” said Md Mustafa, a delivery boy of Swiggy.

The notion that the delivery boys are given preference over restaurant customers has been refuted as the mechanism adopted by the food apps is precise enough that they get the food parcel upon their arrival at the restaurant. “Some hotels doing good business through mobile apps have provided special space and counters for us, so that the regular customers are not disturbed,” said Jabbar.

Meanwhile, the management of hotels like Shah Ghouse also refuted by saying that as the order comes several minutes before the arrival of delivery boy. “They immediately pack up the order to be picked up by the delivery boys,” said Md Ashraf of Shah Ghouse. There are other apps which are already doing good business. Apart from Swiggy and Zomato, Food Panda, Uber Eats are also into food delivery business and many new startups are venturing into this sector.

BY Md Nizamuddin

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