When restaurants closed down during the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, folks turned to food delivery services more than ever before.

But restaurants — independent and national alike — discovered that there are some drawbacks to these delivery services. DoorDash, GrubHub, Uber Eats, and related services charge service fees and mandatory commission; plus, they hang on to valuable customer data.

Panda Express has decided to take delivery into their own hands. Here’s what you can expect.

 

Now until July 1, Panda Express will deliver orders of $10 or more for free.

Panda is ready to roll out their in-house delivery service, called Panda Delivers, and to celebrate, they’re offering free delivery for all orders over $10.

That’s not hard to do with Panda Express; a standard “Plate” meal with two entrees and a side costs around $8 each.

 

Use the Panda Express website or app to place a delivery order.

Here’s what you do:

  • Visit order.pandaexpress.com or open the Panda Express app (iOS/Android) and click “Order.”
  • Click the “Delivery” button below the map.
  • Enter your address.
  • Pick your delivery time.
  • Build your order.
  • Click “Checkout.”
  • Log in or continue as guest.
  • Enter customer/billing information.
  • Click “Place order.”

Note: The free delivery will automatically be applied to your order; no coupon code needed.

 

By the end of July, Panda Express will deliver food from more than 2,000 locations.

Panda had reportedly been planning to launch their own delivery service late in the year, but the COVID-19 pandemic and greater reliance on food deliveries sped up the timeline.

The restaurant chain is in the midst of hiring 30,000 new employees to help with the deliveries.

 

There’s no telling how much Panda Delivers will cost after July 1.

After the free period, it’s unclear how much a Panda Express delivery would cost. But in a press release, Panda said customers “will not incur additional fees typically found on third party sites.”

Customers are encouraged to tip their drivers at checkout.

 

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