People get pizza delivery jobs today to supplement their income or as their main income. They can enjoy the atmosphere, the food and the driving and decide to make it a race. There are some basics that anyone considering it a job should remember.
Safety is a big concern for anyone in this type of job. There is no way of knowing who might open the door. It takes the kind of person who can handle several different things at once. They must keep their money and food safe, but their lives are much more important. During the 1980s, when the 30-minute guarantee was in full force, many drivers lost their lives or were seriously injured in car accidents while rushing to meet the deadline.
Fake orders are also a concern for drivers. Some orders are intended as a prank, while others are made to lure drivers into harming, robbing, or otherwise injuring them. Drivers need to be increasingly careful and make sure they are the type of person who can fend off this type of danger.
Some of the larger restaurant chains will keep track of all customers in the area who ask for their pizzas to be delivered. For some years, there was a campaign to deliver food in less than 30 minutes. This turned out to be a very dangerous environment for drivers, as all late orders were free. Today, a 30-minute delivery is not a guarantee but rather a goal that all drivers must strive for. Customers can order online or by phone. Both are near-instant methods that allow people to order their pizzas, wings, or breadsticks with whatever other additions the restaurant may offer.
Hotbags are the bags used to carry pizzas and additional foods that need to be kept warm. They are made of vinyl and nylon and last quite a long time. Customers can purchase them to use at home if they wish for a nominal fee.
The bags and boxes are made to be designed and colored to match the business being cooked. Some grocery stores put their deli-prepared pizzas in generic boxes. All boxes used for this purpose are disposed of after use.
Restaurants no longer offer free guarantees or free delivery. Charges are attached to almost everything ordered over the phone, unless it is picked up. Drivers used to rely solely on their tips to recoup gas and wear and tear on their personal vehicle. Today, most will receive additional money from their employer to help cover these costs.
Working as a pizza delivery man is not for everyone. Safety must be considered first and foremost. Most people will use these services at least once in their lifetime, if not more, by calling or connecting to the Internet. Drivers do appreciate a tip, although most restaurants have new policies that pay drivers more than they received in the past.