Catering firm Compass Group is set to start delivering food to employees working remotely in Ireland for a range of multinational companies.
Speaking to The Irish Times, Compass Group's managing director for Ireland, Chris Chidley, stated, "We're seeing a keen interest in that [the companies will] be utilising [the service] on the basis that staff won't be going into the office."
Chidley added that employees who are working from home for the participating companies will be able to order food online and get it delivered to their residences.
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Companies to which Compass provides catering services include Google, Vodafone and Intel.
According to Chidley, by offering home delivery services to staff, Compass Group wants to help them to "avoid that touch point of going to the shop".
Chidley said that while the coronavirus pandemic has sped up Compass Group's push into home deliveries, the firm had been developing a home delivery solution for the past half year in response to an increase in the number of people who are working remotely.
Apps For Offices And SMEs
Compass Group has also developed an app for offices called Time2Eat that allows employees to reserve a time slot to eat in a company's canteen or dining area while adhering to social distancing rules, and the catering firm is moving away from buffet options to grab-and-go items.
Additionally, Compass Group has acquired an app called Feedr that will cater for SMEs that wouldn't have previously provided food for their employees. The food will be prepared in a central kitchen and delivered to offices as individually-portioned meals to allow staff to limit their movements.
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