Just Eat has announced a package of measures worth a total of €1 million to support the restaurant sector during the COVID-19 crisis.
The measures, which have been made available until late April, include reduced commissions for independent restaurants already on the Just Eat platform - those with just one outlet and small groups with up to four premises; the suspension of sign up fees for those joining the platform during the period; and an investment in additional resources in operations and menu development.
Just Eat said that a team of people will work with the numerous restaurants who are seeking to offer a takeaway service for the first time, helping them to get online quickly while also giving them advice on optimising menus and opening times.
"Doing Everything In Our Power"
Just Eat Ireland managing director Amanda Roche-Kelly stated, "We're doing everything in our power to drive the necessary orders to keep all our restaurant partners busy during these difficult days. Most of our existing partners remain open for delivery and collection, and all are taking the necessary precautions to ensure safe delivery of food.
"We are also really conscious that there are hundreds of local independent restaurants in towns, villages and suburbs throughout the country that have been forced to close their doors. Previously, they haven't offered a delivery option, but, for them, this is the only way that they can keep staff employed and stay open during the period ahead. We have been inundated with requests for support from this cohort of restaurants and are delighted to be in a position to invest to help them.
"There are thousands of people working in the takeaway restaurant sector, and add to this the thousands more in the restaurants who haven't previously offered delivery. This is a huge industry and a huge employer. It is essential that, as the market leader in the delivery space, we do what we can to support the sector through this hugely challenging time. We are going to continue to do what we can to drive orders to our restaurant partners and help to keep as many people in work as possible while also providing what is a valued delivery service during the weeks and months ahead."
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