It’s common practice to tip your waiter at the restaurant, but are you remembering your delivery drivers? They’re picking up and delivering your orders so you don’t have to. Here is a quick guide to consider when it comes to tipping for delivery.

Should You Tip Your Orderlivery Driver?

Absolutely! We make it super simple to tip in the app with an automatic tip charge, but you can always add to it. 

Tips are an important part of a driver’s wages. Many of these drivers rely on tips. In fact, it’s why they choose to deliver with us. People who work for delivery services work there for the tips, not the base wage. Tips are an encouragement to do a job well, and our drivers are the best! 

You should know that we personally vet our drivers. We train them in excellent customer service.


Delivery Fees Aren’t Tips

When tipping on Orderlivery, the tip money goes straight to the delivery drivers, as it should. So what’s a delivery fee? 

A delivery fee goes toward our operating system maintenance and helps pay the hardworking people behind the scenes. Drivers do not receive this money – so please do not deduct this charge from your tip amount.

How Much Should You Tip Your Driver?

Deciding on an amount to tip can be confusing. Here are a few tips:

If everything goes smoothly with your delivery and the weather is good, 20% is the standard cost of having the mealtime brought to your doorstep. It’s uncommon to tip less than five bucks, however.

If you order 26 pizzas for your office party, consider that you Envoy will be managing a large order. Consider adding money on top of the typical 20% for their effort.

Weather Woes: +$3-5 or more. If it’s snowing or storming outside, that’s a tough workday for delivery drivers – throw some extra cash on top of your normal tip in gratitude. They’re the people ensuring that you can enjoy a tasty meal without having to go out in inclement weather yourself.

A couple of flights of stairs isn’t a big deal, but if you live on a fifth-floor walkup, consider upping your tip in appreciation of all the steps your food hero will need to climb.

Other Things to Keep in Mind when Tipping

Cash is preferable to credit, but giving a credit card tip is better than going short on cash.

It’s rude to leave an intentionally small tip, like a handful of change after a $50 meal.

Make sure you’re not punishing your delivery driver for something that may not have been their fault, like a busy restaurant or rush hour traffic.

Feel free to tip a little extra after the delivery. Chances are you’ll use Orderlivery again and may have the same Envoy. They’ll start to learn your preferences and go above and beyond for you.

Good Tipping Karma

It’s always a good idea to leave your driver a tip. 

According to a study conducted by foodservice distributor U.S. Foods, customers and food delivery drivers think a $4 tip is acceptable for a typical order. Consumer Reports also says that a tip that ranges between $3 to $5 or 20 percent of the bill, whichever is higher. 

Tips are an important part of the wages earned by your food delivery drivers. So get good tipping karma by leaving your Envoy a healthy tip. Your tips are appreciated more than you will ever know.  

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