Lynk launches essential delivery service for Dublin businesses and customers affected by Covid-19

Lynk Delivery will see over 2000 drivers help grocers, pharmacists and other local businesses deliver direct to their customers’ doors with no person-to-person contact

Lynk, Dublin’s taxi booking app, has launched a new ‘Lynk Delivery’ service to support local businesses and customers affected by Covid-19. The service sees Lynk Delivery drivers collect shopping from a wide range of businesses across the capital and deliver them direct to customers’ doors. The move will help people in the local community who are unable to leave their homes to arrange delivery from their local stores, newsagents, chemists and other essential services.

Since restrictions related to the Covid-19 virus were introduced, demand for deliveries of takeaways, groceries, medicines and even flowers has soared. Already, many business are struggling to deliver on-time, and Lynk’s new service will support both businesses and consumers:

Local businesses can access the Lynk delivery platform on www.book.lynk.ie or call directly to order a delivery quickly and easily. The business simply enters the customer’s name or order number, their delivery address and a contact number for the customer. Stores can also book multiple deliveries in a single delivery run.

Customers at home can organise a delivery from their local store by using the new “Delivery” feature on the Lynk app.  Again this is a simple process where shopping is ordered directly from a store’s website or over the phone. Customers then open the Lynk app and set the pick-up address of the local store and the delivery address. Deliveries can also be booked for friends or relatives.

With a team of 2000 drivers, Lynk aims to deliver within 30 minutes, and the delivery can be booked, paid for and tracked online which means most orders will be contact-free. Lynk has thousands of protective masks for drivers and are encouraging drivers to use latex gloves. Lynk estimates it has the capacity to deliver 250,000 deliveries per month.

Noel Ebbs, CEO of Lynk, said: “Local businesses across Dublin are facing unprecedented challenges while consumers are struggling to get access to many basic goods. We’re working with a wide range of businesses including local grocers and pharmacies as well as dry cleaners and florists.

“Customers who don’t want to leave their home can use the Lynk app to easily arrange a delivery for themselves or a loved one. Businesses who might be overrun with deliveries can log in to book a nearby delivery driver. Our delivery person will ring the doorbell, step back and the customer collects the items from their doorstep. There is no person-to-person contact and the two-metre distance should be maintained at all times.

“Many businesses may not have had a delivery option in the past, but this is a simple solution that can ensure they stay connected to their customers and help us all get through the current crisis together without the need for complex integrations, downloads or contractual commitments.”

The Lynk app is available to download from the Apple and Playstore, while local stores looking to get set up can book or register at www.book.lynk.ie

Free on hold Covid 19 information for businesses

As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many companies are reporting a significant increase in call volume – leading to prolonged hold times for anxious callers.

In an effort to support Irish businesses during this challenging time, we have produced a complimentary downloadable music on hold message, which is available at www.audiocom.ie

These informative on-hold messages help businesses to educate callers on how to stay safe and prevent a greater outbreak.

The information contained in the on-hold messages is disseminated from trustworthy resources such as the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

These are extraordinary, uncharted times and we want to do our part to assist in providing accurate, reassuring information to the public.

SEDA College offers free online English language classes to all foreign students across the world whose education has been affected by Covid-19

  • Many English language colleges in Ireland and globally have closed abruptly with no alternative arrangements put in place for their students
  • 800 students from other colleges in Ireland have already signed up to SEDA College’s online classes

SEDA College, one of Ireland’s top English language colleges, has announced it is offering free classes to all foreign students across Ireland and the world whose courses have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The free classes are being made available to all foreign students attending any English language college in any country – not just those at SEDA College in Dublin.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and preventative measures announced by the Irish Government, SEDA College closed on 12 March, and has continued to make online resources available to their 1,200 Dublin based students who are from 40 different countries.

However, many other English language colleges in Ireland and further afield have closed abruptly due to Covid-19, offering no alternative arrangements to students. As a result, SEDA College has now stepped up to make access to its broadcasted online classes available to all these students. Already 800 students from other schools across Ireland and the world have taken up the offer. This figure is expected to rise substantially in the coming days.

Tiago Mascarenhas, CEO of SEDA College, said: “Many schools across Ireland and beyond have shut without offering a plan B to language students, but it’s more important than ever that students are able to continue studying and improving their English. We already have a very comprehensive online platform in place and this can be accessed remotely and while on-the-go. We currently have 200,000 students from around the world registered on this platform, and we’re delighted to be in a position to open it to others who need our help at this challenging time. The service will be made freely available to all students, no matter where they have previously been studying.”

The free broadcast classes are held throughout the day and can be accessed here.

SEDA College is a Dublin-based educational institution which offers English language courses for all levels – from beginner to advanced. SEDA College is recognised and accredited by ACELS, the Irish quality body for language schools, and EAQUALS, the European quality body. These two quality marks ensure that international students choosing SEDA College can expect the highest standard of education.

Operating since 2009, SEDA College has an annual enrolment of approximately 1,200 students from all over the world. This year the college welcomed pupils from over 40 different nationalities, including Brazil, Spain, Italy, Panama, Mexico, Argentina, South Korea, Malawi, Japan, Taiwan and South Africa. The diversity ensures a great experience for students and brings an excellent atmosphere to the classrooms.

Located on Capel Street in Dublin 1, the custom-built venue has 28 classrooms, a library, study areas, an IT lab and dedicated student areas. SEDA College employs 55 people. With 54 English classes taking place every day, students are fully immersed in learning the language, which helps develop fluency. A variety of globally acknowledged exams can be taken at SEDA at the end of each course, including Cambridge PET, FCE, CAE, IELTS exams.

SEDA College has offices in Brazil, Mexico, Panama and Chile – all of which market Ireland and SEDA College as a study destination for English language students. The college recently established its first overseas language school in Brazil which will deliver English courses to students there.

www.sedacollege.com