For a long time, convenience store items were missing from the DoorDash app.
If you just wanted a soda and a bag of chips, you were limited to whichever small stores were partnered with DoorDash.
That’s changing with DashMart, a DoorDash convenience store that gives customers the ability to have snacks, drinks, and everyday items delivered to their door.
Here’s how it works: DoorDash employees stock the shelves and bag items, then Dashers pick up and deliver the orders.
If you’re a Dasher, you might be wondering if it’s worth doing DashMart orders, or if you should hit the decline button. Read on!
What is DashMart?
DashMart is a delivery-only convenience store owned and operated by DoorDash. DashMart is now in dozens of states across the US.
At DashMart, customers can order convenience and grocery items like snacks, drinks, over-the-counter-medicine, dog food, and basic grocery items. DashMart may also have local curated items, like packaged desserts from a restaurant.
Alcohol may be available at DashMart, depending on local regulations.
DashMart is similar to goPuff, another convenience delivery company that stocks items at local warehouses and employs drivers to do deliveries.
Customers order from DashMart in the DoorDash app under the Convenience category. DoorDash employees at DashMart prepare the order, then DoorDash drivers pick up and deliver orders.
DashMart is delivery only, so it is not open to the public for in-store visits. DoorDash customers won’t be able to pick up their orders by going into a DashMart.
What are DashMart Orders like for Dashers?
DashMart orders are similar to any other DoorDash order: You receive a request and choose to accept or decline it. Then, you head to the DashMart, pick up the order, then deliver it to the customer.
A DashMart order request has the same information as other orders: The number of items, estimated payout, customer location, and delivery distance.
Each DashMart location may be slightly different in terms of pickup instructions. Some locations have you come inside and pick up the order from a counter. Other locations have you wait outside, then hand off the order through a window.
One Dasher reported that DashMart employees can add extra orders to your route to increase your pay and make your route more efficient. It’s worth asking!
You don’t need to use your Red Card for DashMart orders. Simply pick up the order and go, just like pre-paid restaurant orders.
Behind the scenes, DashMart operates similarly to a warehouse. Employees pull items off the shelf and bag them. Another employee at the front distributes orders to Dashers.
Some locations provide free water and snacks for drivers. Bathrooms are typically not available, but some locations may offer them.
How much do DashMart orders pay?
The pay formula for DashMart orders is the same as other DoorDash orders: Base pay + promotions + tips. Base pay for DashMart orders isn’t higher or lower than other order types.
Just like other DoorDash orders, some or all of the customer’s tip will be displayed on the order request screen. If the estimated payout for a DashMart order is low, you can assume that there is no tip on the order.
DashMart orders are eligible for Peak pay and other promotions. Stacked DashMart orders are a good way to quickly complete a Challenge promotion.
Do DashMart orders pay more or less than other orders?
Dasher opinions are mixed. DashMart sells lower-cost convenience items, so order subtotals may be low compared to restaurants. Many customers tend to tip as a percentage of the order subtotal, so tips on DashMart orders may be lower than other orders.
The average order distance is another factor to consider, and it may be different for DashMart orders compared to restaurant orders.
If a DashMart serves a smaller area, the lower order distance means that you can do more deliveries per hour, and potentially earn more per mile.
But when a DashMart covers a large area, you might get stuck with long deliveries that don’t come with good tips.
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How Dashers Feel about DashMart
If you ask 5 different Dashers about DashMart, you’ll likely get 5 different opinions.
On the positive side, a lot of Dashers report that wait times are very low at DashMart. Unlike restaurants, DashMart is a delivery-only model that focuses exclusively on quickly preparing orders for Dashers.
On the negative side, some drivers report that delivery distances are too long and tips are too low.
Positive reactions to DashMart
These are the best orders to get! They’re so easy and usually worth good money
Orders out of DashMart are better than anywhere else in town.
$12 to take a bottle of Fanta 3 miles before. I love dash mart.
Longest I’ve ever waited for a DashMart order was like 2 minutes tops
Negative reactions to DashMart
Depends on the market I guess. All orders from DashMart here are garbage no-tip orders over 5 miles
Rarely are there good orders though — almost everything is zero tip high mileage in my market.
90% of the orders from them are 10+ miles away with most of them having no or low tips
All driver quotes are from this Reddit thread.
Working at DashMart as a DoorDash Employee
Workers at DashMart are DoorDash W-2 employees. That’s different from Dashers, who are 1099 independent contractors. Working for DashMart is a more traditional, structured job.
DashMart workers unload trucks, stock shelves, prepare orders, and distribute orders to drivers.
A job at DashMart typically pays around $15/hour. DashMart offers part-time and full-time work. Most locations require a high school diploma or GED.
Visit careers.doordash.com to search for DashMart jobs. A search for “DashMart” turns up Warehouse Associate and Operations Manager jobs.
One thing to keep in mind is that DoorDash does not allow DashMart employees to also work as a Dasher. So if you’re currently a Dasher, you’ll have to give up your gig to work at DashMart.
The application process for DashMart is similar to other jobs. You apply online, then do a basic interview and undergo background screening.
Try DashMart for Yourself!
Whenever there is a new order type on DoorDash, it’s always smart to give it a try. You might find that DashMart orders are quick and easy, with a painless pickup process and solid payouts.
Or you might find that DashMart customers in your area don’t tip very well, and live too far from the store.
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