The number of infections in the Hanover region is increasing rapidly, which should also increase concerns about contracting Covid-19. Are many people now avoiding supermarkets, restaurants and pubs and are they increasingly having their groceries delivered by delivery services? That cannot be said with any certainty.
The beverage supplier Fehlenpost from Münster believes that the corona pandemic has actually had a positive effect on business. “The demand for our service has continued to rise,” says Flaschenpost spokeswoman Sabine Angelkorte. This not only applies to drinks, but also to food, which the delivery service now has on offer.
Orders to orders also seasonal
The delivery service Lieferando, on the other hand, which cooperates with snack bars and restaurants, remains cautious in its assessment. Compared to November and December in the Hanover region, “an increased order volume overall” is registered, as spokeswoman Nora Walraph reports, but this is not clearly due to the increasing corona numbers, but is also related to seasonal fluctuations. “Slightly less orders are placed in the summer than in the cold winter months, when people are more likely to have something delivered to their door than to eat in a restaurant,” says Walraph.
The food delivery service Gorillas from Berlin, which was only founded in 2020, sees no clear connection. “While we are unable to report growth figures for the past few months due to Covid-19, in general gorillas has seen strong growth over the past year,” the company said. Last year, the number of orders increased 17-fold.
By Andreas Schinkel