The Waffle House is not one our favorite places. Not only because they have roaches but also because the food is terrible. Starting today, however, the restaurant has thrown its hat into the shipping business, competing with the likes of FedEx, UPS and the United States Post Office. They hope to become the "Uber of package delivery."
Waffle House is working with a company called Roadie Inc to launch a new delivery service with Waffle House restaurants serving as dropoff points. Basically, customers will use Roadie’s app to find drivers already heading towards their packages’ destination. Those drivers will then deliver the mail to Waffle House locations, where the intended recipient can retrieve it. For their trouble, drivers get a free waffle when they download the app and a free drink when they make a delivery. “For the last 60 years, Waffle House has been a place for travelers and a preferred meeting place for our customers,” said Walt Ehmer, CEO of Waffle House, in a statement. “Roadie combines the two making it easy for senders and drivers who love waffles to meet at the nearest Waffle House. And who doesn’t love waffles?”According to the companies, any insured driver can sign up to be a Roadie driver after meeting certain safety criteria and passing a background check. "Senders" can select a Roadie driver to deliver their item. The price of a gig can range anywhere between $8 and $200, based on distance, item size and urgency. Roadie's insurance covers items up to $500, which is more than typical standard shipping insurance of $100.