The Sunday Feed

Life in the fast lane!

International students are students who received their prior education in another country and are not residents of their current country of study. In 2017, there were over 5.3 million international students in the world, up from 2 million in 2000. By 2017, the U.S, U.K., Canada and Australia received 40% of international students. The U.S. counted 1.2 million in 2018. Australia had nearly around 956,773 students enrolled as of December 2019. There were 642,480 in Canada in 2019 and there were 458,520 during the 2017/18 academic-year in the United Kingdom.

Foreign students density is the highest in Australia with about 1600 students for a population of 100,000 followed by UK of about 620 and Canada with a student population of about 580. China, India, Vietnam, Brazil and Nepal were the top 5 countries from where students preferred to come to Australia. The major jobs done by international students are retail, administration assistant, waiter, kitchen hand, bartender, call centre staff, customer service and cleaner.

Thanks to the rapid development in technology, a lot of jobs have become redundant giving rise to new types of work. One such area that has risen like a rocket is the delivery business. Today everything is delivered to your home. From pens to pastries and from books to booze, you just have to click the button and wait for the delivery to arrive. In fact the pizza companies have taken this to extremes where they even show you the path of your order from the time it is placed to the point when it is finally delivered to your doorstep.

According to an article written by Sarwant Singh in Forbes in 2018, “If we just look at the food delivery business it is poised at 200bn worldwide. Hospitality partners are leveraging extra capacity in hotel kitchens to prepare meals that are ordered and delivered through online food delivery platforms. Sarwant also goes further to write that, “Today, only 11% of the world’s population has access to food delivery platforms. I foresee a heated food fight on the horizon as companies aggressively expand and innovate to grab more bellies and wallets.”

New research from Roy Morgan shows nearly 4 million Australians aged 14+ (19.1%) now use meal delivery services, up from 1.98 million (9.8%) when Roy Morgan first analysed the emerging meal delivery service industry in mid-2018. Women are more likely to use meal delivery services (20.5%) than men (17.6%).

The top food delivery companies in Australia are Megulog, Deliveroo and Uber eats. If we consider the lockdown since March 2020, I am sure these companies have made profits that could be envied by all other companies during this period.

When it comes to completing the sales cycle, it’s mainly the students who do the delivery. It is believed that between September and October 2020, 5 students died while doing their jobs. The government has been put under tremendous pressure by the universities to impose strict regulations on the delivery business. As much as I hate to admit, statistically, it only looks that this figure might go up because the number of people ordering food from home is going up each day. And even if the government were to come up with strict regulations, what chance does a poor cyclist have in front of a speeding car or a truck!

The big question is who is responsible for the deaths of these innocent students who came to Australia looking for a better education to enhance their future. It is believed that in 12 months leading to June 2020, 48 cyclists were killed. Well, the event can never be recreated as it occurred with one hundred percentage accuracy to find who was at fault but one thing can be said with agreement that the end result is heartbreaking for everyone. Even one fatality in one too many!

One of the things that can really make a huge difference is the government releasing a public service campaign comprising of several ads to advise people to drive carefully and protect the cyclists and pedestrians as much as they can. On the other hand, they also need to warn the cyclists and pedestrians of the fatal dangers of not following proper traffic rules. The government and the 3 leading food delivery companies whose task force comprises mainly of student can share the budget for this campaign! The bicycle brands can also chip in. After all, they love to sponsor teams in “Tour De France” so why not a campaign that can save lives.

For the rest of us, as we enjoy the plush ambience of an opulent office, or the cushiony comfort of a comfy couch, we should not forget the plight of the people who risk every second of their lives in the fast lane just to make sure that our food does not get cold before it is delivered to our table. Spare a moment in supporting the campaign and we might save a life!

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