DoorDash is a brilliant food delivery service that can have food from Chinese restaurants, Japanese restaurants, burger joints, and all sorts on your doorstep within moments. Despite how popular it is, there are still some days when it can seem a little slow or overused and undersupplied. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are great examples of this as that is when people are the busiest. And when people are this busy, is DoorDash busy and still open?
Table of Contents
- Will DoorDash Be Open/Working During The Christmas Holidays?
- Is DoorDash Busy On All Holidays?
- What Is DoorDash?
- DoorDash on Christmas
- FAQs On DoorDash During The Holidays
Will DoorDash Be Open/Working During The Christmas Holidays?
To sum it all up and explain it – DoorDash is not a company with typical opening hours such as your other 9-5 business places. As it is an online retailing service that is user-run, it will always be open. But it will only be operational when there is supply to meet the demand.
If there are no drivers or restaurants available, then DoorDash will still be open but will not work. When you open the app there will be a lack of restaurants to choose from. Alongside this, even if there is a restaurant to order from, you will either wait indefinitely for a driver to accept your order or you will simply not be able to place an order.
To use an example to make it easier to understand – DoorDash is like a restaurant that is always open, physically. The door is always unlocked and you can go inside and sit down. But before you can start eating, there needs to be both a chef and a server working. On busy days when there are no restaurants and no drivers, imagine it is like a restaurant that has an open front door. However, there are no staff members inside.
Just because DoorDash is open, does not mean you will be getting any Christmas Dinners from your beloved fast food chains. I don’t think anyone has quite perfected the takeaway Christmas Dinner yet.
Is DoorDash Busy On All Holidays?
As mentioned, it’s all to do with the supply that can be produced to meet the demand. So if there are no workers available then there will be no supply for your order. Christmas is by far the busiest holiday around, so it will naturally have the biggest impact on the number of people available.
Holidays such as Halloween and Easter are less popular and will leave the DoorDash orders ultimately untouched or unchanged. This all goes for food delivery in general in relation to Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
DoorDash is a very popular app but is not the only one of its kind.
New Year’s Eve is also very similar to Christmas and will have an impact on how many places will be open. The time between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day will have the most disruptions for your food delivery service than any other time of year.
What Is DoorDash?
DoorDash is a company that owns a mobile app and website that is used for food ordering and food delivery. Similar to the company Uber, DoorDash is mostly run by freelance delivery drivers who make an account and pick food up from restaurants and then deliver it to the consumer’s location of choice.
Obviously, there are both benefits and negatives to doing this job. While there are no set work times and you can do it whenever you want, you are also forced into paying a fee from your earnings to the company that owns DoorDash. Other than this, you are essentially acting as a delivery driver for a multitude of different businesses simultaneously.
On a consumer’s side, the way DoorDash works is that you choose from a list of restaurants and shops in your given area, usually decided by a postcode. Then you place an order and pay both for the food and a service fee. After a minute or two, your order will be accepted and a driver will go to pick the food up once it is done. After this, they will promptly bring it to your doorstep so that you can sit down and eat it.
This is then concluded by giving you the choice to both rate and tip your delivery driver accordingly to their actions, behavior, efficiency, and overall quality of delivery. The consumer will typically pay the restaurant’s price for the order, a delivery fee, and then a service charge.
This may seem unfair. However, being able to order from places that do not do takeaway such as Mcdonald’s, for example, is great. If people have the extra money to do this then there is no reason not to.
DoorDash Opening Times
As mentioned, DoorDash is user reliant. It can only operate if there are people around town who are willing to pick up their phones and start delivering food. If there are no workers available, then DoorDash also becomes unavailable in that area.
Alongside this, if the restaurants are closed and not serving food, there is nothing DoorDash can do. So they do not operate during these times. While it is rare, a lot of places will shut down for major holidays, especially local restaurants. So much so to the point where it can be completely dead in your area if you only have smaller chains or local shops.
During the busiest holidays, a lot of workers and restaurants will have time off. This does not completely shut down the app. But it will drastically lower your selection of restaurants to order from.
If you normally have around 30 choices on a standard day, you may see this drop to around 7 if there are no restaurants open at the time. Some restaurants do not observe the Christmas holidays (such as Chinese restaurants), so they will still operate. But perhaps certain members of their staff might celebrate, so it still depends.
The same thing can be said for DoorDash drivers. They are technically independent contractors that can choose their own schedule. And, let’s face it, not everyone wants to be working during the holidays. Wouldn’t you much rather spend time with your loved ones? When there are no drivers around, the restaurants still operate but no one is able to pick up the food. Many restaurants will have hired drivers. Yet a lot of other places do not and rely solely on apps like DoorDash in order to use their restaurant as a takeaway business.
Doordash orders will always be there and is not the limiting factor. It is the actual availability of drivers and shops that can determine whether demand is met or not. It is simple business economics but uses ‘freelance workers’ instead of traditional employees.
DoorDash on Christmas
Because of all of these factors, technically DoorDash is open on all days of the year and is also open on Christmas. But it depends on if there is actually a supply to this demand. So this will determine if you get a food delivery accepted or not.
The busiest holidays can also affect food delivery. After all, everyone is busy and maybe people do not have time to deliver food. Especially on Christmas day, as these independent contractors will arguably be spending Christmas eve until Boxing Day with their families. It is, after all, one of the busiest holidays of the year!
FAQs On DoorDash During The Holidays
Does DoorDash work on snow days?
DoorDash can work on snowy days but only if a driver is willing to drive in the snow. DoorDash needs independent contractors to deliver food and if they are not willing to travel in the snow, then there may be a bit of a short-staffed issue for your food delivery service.
Is DoorDash busy on holidays?
DoorDash is very busy on holidays, provided that restaurants are open. Lots of people like to treat themselves to a takeaway on the holidays and if restaurants are open, you can guarantee that DoorDash is going to be busy.
What are the slowest days for DoorDash?
The slowest days for DoorDash are the days when both restaurants and drivers are not going to be working. Days like Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are very slow as everyone is with their family.
Is Christmas A good day for DoorDash?
Christmas can sometimes be a good day for DoorDash. provided there are restaurants open. Depending on where you live, there will be a change in terms of restaurants available. If you only have small chain restaurants then they may not open on Christmas.