Bolt launched its food delivery service Bolt Food in Johannesburg. The service will provide the city’s residents with access to food deliveries from more than 300 restaurants and fast-food outlets. The food delivery service had earlier launched in Cape Town since April 2020, where 800 restaurants have been added to the app.
Bolt Food will deliver Johannesburg customers’ orders from a wide range of restaurants and fast-food outlets, including Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway, Andiccio’s, Del Forno, and many others.
Bolt Food will offer several promotional offers during the launch period, notably that food delivery fees will be free where the distance between the food outlet and the delivery destination is less than 4.5km. It will also offer discounts of up to 50% on food orders from selected restaurants.
The service is currently available from Bryanston in the north to Braamfontein in the heart of the city and will expand across the city as more restaurants join the platform.
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James Townsend-Rose, the country manager for Bolt Food in South Africa, said the Cape Town rollout had outstanding results.
“Restaurants and their customers welcomed Bolt Food’s affordable prices and quick deliveries, and we are excited to bring this solution to Johannesburg, and to other South African cities in the coming months.”
According to Bolt Food, the service is currently available from Bryanston in the north to Braamfontein in the heart of the city and will expand across the city as more restaurants join the platform. Bolt Food couriers in Johannesburg will earn a standard fee and payments for time and mileage for completing each delivery. They can also choose the hours and locations to offer their service and will compete with Uber Eats and Mr. D Food, who already offer their services across Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Food delivery fees will not be charged for orders where the distance between the food outlet and the delivery destination is less than 4.5 kilometres for the launch period. Bolt Food will offer competitive discounts of up to 50% on food orders from selected restaurants within that period too. What’s more, Absa customers can get up to 30% cashback on their Bolt Food orders paid for with qualifying cards – making Bolt Food even more appealing.
Food couriers that use Bolt Food to deliver restaurants’ food to their customers also benefit from the Johannesburg launch, with each of them being empowered to own and build their own micro-business. Drivers earn a standard fee and payments for time and mileage for completing each delivery and can choose the hours and locations to offer their service.
Recall that the International Finance Corporation, a division of the World Bank, is investing €20 million ($24 million) Bolt to open more services across Eastern Europe and Africa, with a specific mention of more services in Ukraine and Nigeria, two of those regions’ biggest economies, and more innovative services to target demographic groups that might be under-represented or under-served, such as women.
Bolt’s innovative strides evidenced through the Bolt Market and Bolt Food confirms the ride-hailing company’s aim to create a pan-European mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) platform offering consumers multiple travel and deliver options from a single digital sign-in.
The Bolt Food app is available on Google Play or Apple app stores.