LAFAYETTE, La. — The RoadRunner app is offering a solution to help local businesses as well as people out of work due to the outbreak of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Louisiana-based app offers businesses and restaurants looking to get their goods to customers in the Lafayette Parish market after Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a Stay At Home Order that lists deliveries of food and supplies as an essential function.
According to a release from the company, RoadRunnerApp.com delivers anything locally and charges nothing to local business while sharing the delivery fee with the driver.
The company also announced that given the current shift due to the outbreak of COVID-19, they have lowered delivery fees and increased the pay to anyone who signs up as a driver in order to help the local community.
According to RoadRunner, there is no need for the business to sign anything as they are a simple courier service that delivers things like industrial supplies, carry-out food and groceries. RoadRunner is also helping local restaurants make deliveries to their customers for the first time.
RoadRunner states that since it uses contract drivers, their model allows customers to use their service without a charge to the business, so that they can deliver from any store or restaurant.
The rate for the app is a flat fee of $6 for any delivery within a six mile radius, and after that there is an additional dollar per mile.
The company is also hiring drivers who can sign up on the app as a way to earn extra money if they find themselves temporarily out of work due to mandated closures and other restrictions in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
RoadRunner offers drivers a $4 minimum per delivery and they are able to keep any tips they might receive. They are also given 50% of the delivery fee if it exceeds an $8 delivery.
RoadRunner states that this is done to help all parties by charging nothing to the business while sharing the profits with its drivers.