Everybody loves ordering a cheeky takeaway dinner every now and then. A night off cooking and cleaning where you can just kick back and watch the telly, waiting for food to magically appear at your doorstep. The process of ordering takeaway has completely changed in the last decade. Some of us may have grown up ordering food over a phone call, while others may have driven to a restaurant and ordered in person. Now, ordering takeaway has been reduced to no human contact at all! The younger generations love it, and seniors tend to steer away from it. But for all those online takeaway novices, after reading this beginner’s guide to ordering food online, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start doing it sooner!
Online food delivery has become increasingly competitive over the last few years, and there are now many services available. However, there are some front runners that you should definitely opt for. These more popular services are usually easier to use and have more options, so it’s best to go with those if you are just starting out. We suggest using Uber Eats, Deliveroo, or Menulog.
Most services, including the ones listed above, are accessible through an app on your smartphone/tablet, or through a website on your computer/laptop. Click on the listed services to go to their websites! Once you have accessed the site or app, go through the following steps to complete your order:
Payment and Delivery Fees
The whole process of ordering food online may not be intimidating at all for some people, but rather the whole idea of paying online. Have you heard the horror stories of people getting scammed online, and losing money online? Do not worry. That’s why it’s crucial to look for safe sites online that have a good reputation and contain information on cyber security. Millions of people rely on these services each day and they will not steal your financial information or scam you.
When it comes to the actual payment process, there will be two options: PayPal or debit/credit card. Select whichever you want to use and input your details. You can find further information here on cyber safety, PayPal, and financial safety online. After adding your payment details, check your order before proceeding. Do note that these food delivery services incur a delivery fee. It’ll clearly show the fee on the page and can range from about $3 – $10. Once you are ready, select the ‘place/confirm order’ button.
After placing your order, a tracking page will appear so you can track when your delivery will arrive. Most of the time, your order gets delivered within this timeframe without any issues. However, from time to time there are unfortunate mishaps. If you are missing items, are unsatisfied with your order quality, or receive your order later than expected, you can contest this with the food delivery service itself. Access their help pages for any issues with the delivery (Uber Eats help, Deliveroo help, Menulog help).
There you have it! A simple guide to ordering food online for the first time.
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