Similar to other countries, the Saudi market has changed significantly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing and restrictions on movement encouraged the growth of some businesses such as home delivery.
Typically, people used to place their orders over the phone. However, online ordering through websites or mobile apps is gaining more popularity. This is because they offer more options and advantages.
With home delivery apps, you can compare products from different places and see their prices and photos. You can also get offers and discounts and choose from different payment options.
Talabat is an ecommerce company established in 2004 by Abdulaziz Al Loughani and Khaled Al Otaibi. The online platform offers food home delivery to users in the Arab Gulf countries and Jordan.
Food is delivered from 4,300 subscribed restaurants including local restaurants or branded food chains as Subway, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, KFC and Burger King.
The app also offers ordering groceries and fresh foods. The company ownership was transferred in 2015 to the global Delivery Hero company. Customers pay delivery fees according to the restaurant.
The platform includes hundreds of restaurants with the ability to filter search results based on minimum order value, cuisine, rating, payment options or geographical area.
Talabat is available since 2012 as a website, Android app and iOS app.
Uber Eats is a sister company of Uber which operates taxi-like services in 63 countries. It was founded in 2014 and is currently operating in more than 500 cities around the world including cities in Saudi Arabia.
Uber Eats delivers food from hundreds of restaurants. The delivery is done by freelance drivers similar to Uber. The app provides the user with all details about the order including price details, taxes and service fees as well as the estimated delivery time.
Additionally, users can track their orders using GPS tracking. You can also send a gift card electronically through the app. It can be a nice gesture in this situation of social distancing.
Two Saudi guys from Jeddah developed this app. They aimed at developing a convenient, easy-to-use and quick way for food delivery.
The company declared on its website that the average delivery time for Lugmety is 36 minutes. The app also allows tracking of orders.
The downside of the app is its limited coverage. It is only available in 3 cities in Saudi Arabia. These are Riyadh, Jeddah and Mecca.
Hungerstation is a huge home delivery platform that started in Khobar in 2012. It is currently available in more than 70 cities in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
The platform is served by a network of more than 10,000 restaurants including brands as McDonald’s, KFC, Hardees, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza and many more.
The network also includes a massive number of local restaurants as Shawrma House and AlBaik. Hungerstation announces on their website that their network covers more than 65% of all the restaurants in Saudi Arabia.
This platform hires riders as freelancers similar to what is offered by Uber Eats. It is available as a website, Android app and iOS app with an easy-to-use and attractive user interference.
Nana Direct is an application that delivers groceries and household products in Saudi Arabia. The platform has elegant green-looking interface.
Nana Direct covers 12 cities in the Kingdom including Dammam, Jeddah, Jubail and Makkah. They deliver products from supermarkets and medium sized groceries. This greatly supports local businesses.
You can schedule your delivery for a specific time and date in the future. This can be a good choice for some people.
Carrefour is a giant hypermarket chain that was established in 1960 in France. It currently operates more than 12,000 branches in many countries around the world.
Carrefour Saudi Arabia offers organized easy-to-use website for online ordering and home delivery. The website shows all the products available at the stores with the discounts and offers.
Additionally, the website offers bulk savings section. It provides reduced prices for orders of larger quantities of certain products. The website allows payment through credit card or cash-on-delivery.
Nahdi is one of the largest pharmacy chains in Saudi Arabia. It started in 1986 with two pharmacies in Jeddah. The chain is currently covering almost the whole Kingdom.
The pharmacy provides premium medical services with well-trained pharmacists and assistants. Additionally, Nahdi Pharmacy has an online store where you can order your medicines and other health care products or cosmetics.
The pharmacy offers medical care products including medical equipment, over-the-counter drugs, speciality medicines and prescribed medicines.
Orange Pharmacy is a chain of pharmacies with 35 stores in Riyadh. The pharmacy was established in 2003 and is known for high quality products and services.
Pharmacy website is organized into several sections including a loyalty program known as care card.
Some might argue that the process of ordering online on the website is not streamlined. You may need some time to find your required product.