The nation’s most trusted and favoured international restaurant franchise Pizza Hut Sri Lanka, recently launched a powerful new initiative named ‘Hut Cyclist’, in a bid to mitigate the challenges of the fuel crisis in the country while simultaneously enriching the communities in which it operates. The novel ‘Hut Cyclist’ initiative enables any individual with a bicycle to join the Pizza Hut Sri Lanka delivery team to carry out deliveries as paid independent contractors.
All those who join the Pizza Hut delivery force will receive 217 LKR per delivery in addition to the tips they will earn on duty. Riders have the liberty of choosing the hours and outlets they prefer, and are also treated to complimentary meals and drinks from Pizza Hut during their time of service. Additionally, the company also provides each rider with a personal accident cover of one million LKR, to cover any potential accidents during their contract period with Pizza Hut. Each rider will be thoroughly prepped in dispensing exceptional levels of customer service and clad comfortably in the brand’s uniform before being positioned in the field.
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This is our war cry. With the deepening fuel crisis in Sri Lanka, our entire operation, similar to many F & B businesses on the island faced numerous operational challenges. However, as a responsible employer and trusted consumer brand that is close to the hearts of many Sri Lankans, we had no choice but to adapt and forge ahead with our operations as creatively and resiliently as possible, while simultaneously uncovering avenues to support and rebuild our communities during this challenging period. Hut Cyclist was birthed at this intersection of innovation and resilience.
“Ultimately, Hut Cyclist will be a novel experience for all, and will give our team and all our new riders the rare opportunity to experience unforgettable, powerful customer moments driven by a sense of community, patriotism and empathy. Our consistent success as a brand is also attributed to the sheer grit, passion and dedication of our powerful workforce of over 3000 employees who took it upon themselves to go the extra mile for both the brand and the customers who have patronized Pizza Hut for over 29 years. Therefore, I welcome each and every Sri Lankan to take advantage of this new challenge and be a part of a world-class workforce of a global brand to not only earn passive income but get fit doing so,” Pizza Hut Sri Lanka Director of People & Culture Kaushal Mendis opined.
So far, Hut Cyclist has seen the participation of a growing number of employees from Pizza Hut’s corporate team, including those from its People and Culture department led by its Director, Kaushal Mendis and the Hut Cyclist Initiative – Project Lead & HR Assistant Shenal Perera. With the announcement of Hut Cyclist on the 8th of July, 2022, over 700 inquiries have already come through from cycling enthusiasts across the island, while over 100+ riders have already been prepped, educated and deployed out into the field. This zero-carbon footprint project is ultimately expected to open the doors to a sustainable and permanent, alternative delivery channel within the nation.
Commenting on the same, Pizza Hut Sri Lanka HR Assistant and Hut Cyclist Project Lead Shenal Perera stated, “We are extremely delighted to launch the Hut Cyclist initiative, and are ecstatic at how well it has been received by hundreds of interested cyclists. Apart from its generous financial benefits from both our set rate per delivery and tips from customers, it’s a very flexible, rewarding experience that we offer. Cyclists can pick the outlet, time and hours they prefer, and are thereafter fully prepped to tackle any job-related challenge. Right now, we are looking to expand this project beyond its current scope and make way for a number of exciting new initiatives to further inspire cyclists to join the ranks of a global brand.”
For over 29 years, Pizza Hut Sri Lanka has consistently proven its position as superior food delivery partner in the country; offering meals of superior quality in the shortest amount of time, and dispensed by a highly dedicated workforce skilled in providing exceptional levels of customer service. Being the leading and largest restaurant company in Sri Lanka, Pizza Hut is patronized by millions of Sri Lankans across the island. During the global pandemic, both Pizza Hut and its sister company Taco Bell, both franchises owned by Gamma Pizzakraft Sri Lanka, were admired for their commitment to adhere to high standards of products quality, safety, consistency and delivery – earning a reputation as two of the most trusted food and beverage brands in the country.
Shenal Perera, HR Assistant and Hut Cyclist Project Lead – Pizza Hut Sri Lanka