OpenTable wants to allow you to reserve shopping hours in supermarkets to help reduce overcrowding and make stores safer for shoppers.
The new OpenTable tool will allow you to choose a vacant schedule or join a waiting list at partner supermarkets and other essential businesses, as well as set up a restaurant reservation. Currently, seven partners in Los Angeles and San Francisco: six restaurants open emerging markets and a local grocery store are using the new feature, but OpenTable told The Verge that it is in “active talks with other national supermarkets/retailers.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has put great pressure on grocery stores. As an essential store, they can receive a high volume of customers, which can be dangerous for many people and can increase the probability of spreading the virus. Some companies, such as Walmart, have imposed special shopping hours to allow people over the age of 60 to enter and buy an hour before officially opening to the public. The OpenTable tool could help alleviate high customer volumes while providing a safer environment for shoppers who collect essential household items if you can get more stores (and customers) to use it.