When the pandemic first started, demand for delivery services skyrocketed.
But with vaccines and rapid testing available on Guam and talk of things slowly getting back to normal what will happen to the delivery industry?
One of the few industries that thrived during the pandemic, app-based delivery services had a banner year during 2020.
One such local company is Grab N’ Grub.
PNC News spoke with Bryan Mejares, the director of operations for Grab N’ Grub, for insight into the company’s recent past and what they expect for the future.
Mejares says the early days of the pandemic showed a rapid expansion.
In the second quarter of 2020, the company had 60 drivers and as of yesterday, the company has more than 300 drivers.
As the island got used to the pandemic delivery economy, Mejares says demand leveled off but they remain busy.
Nowadays, the company averages about 2,000 deliveries per week.
“For now it kind of stabilized. We did see it kind of slow down towards the holidays. But there’s a lot of factors in that. Of course, people want to spend on Christmas gifts and stuff like that..but as far as our stats go, we’re still seeing it very stable, same as what we had during the 2nd and 3rd quarter of the year. So yeah, I think this is still going to go on for as long as there’s still a limitation on people going out, dining out, and stuff like that,” Mejares said.
He added that the company will soon expand into delivering not just food but a variety of services as well.
As to whether they’re concerned about a drop in demand now that the COVID vaccines and rapid testing are available, Mejares says they’re not worried at all.
“That’s another transition that we’re going to have to adjust to. Just like the pandemic, we weren’t sure where it was going to go, we weren’t sure how it was going to impact us. So even with the vaccine and everything starts to go back to normal a few years from now, it’s another transition period. But we’re here throughout that transition period. It doesn’t look like we’re going anywhere anytime soon,” Mejares said.