Food delivery platform foodpanda has taken yet another initiative to provide its entire fleet of riders with insurance from a third-party agency as a facilitator, to help fight the economic distress they are going through during the Covid-19 crisis.
Riders can opt-in for the insurance policy that assures coverage of over Tk5,00,000 entailing coverage of death, accidental death, permanent total disability, permanent partial disability, accidental injury, hospitalisation, and out-patient department service, per person a year.
Ambareen Reza, the CEO of foodpanda Bangladesh, said, "Our riders deliver food, groceries, and meds at the doorstep of customers. They are fighting the pandemic from the frontline. It is our responsibility to not only protect them with safety measures but also with insurance policies."
With the ongoing lockdown, while many people have the privilege to work from home, many others are fighting from the frontline just to make everyone's life easier. foodpanda has been giving out ration bags to their riders and taking these initiatives to support the riders.
Company officials said foodpanda's parent company Delivery Hero has also pledged three million euros as a financial support programme for riders in their subsidiary platforms across the globe, which will financially cover earnings in case any rider is affected by the current pandemic.
On the delivery front, foodpanda is also ensuring contactless delivery for all orders; customers now have the option to ask the rider to leave orders at a distant spot. Through initiatives like these, foodpanda does not only motivate their heroes but also gives out an important message, said Ambareen Reza.
Foodpanda is bringing food lovers around the world their meals from curated local restaurants. Since its inception, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 100,000 partner restaurants in more than 325 cities across 13 Asian and Central European countries.