Almost everyone delivers here: ice cream, pizza, groceries, complete dinners. In the evenings, outside the restaurants, you will see scooters and mopeds with attached insulated boxes where the hot or cold food goes. You can here the loud two-stoke engines of the mopeds scream past my apartment well past midnight.
It is also common to see a mozo leave the cafe with a tray containing cafe con leche, media lunas and jugo de naranja and head down the calle to ring the bell of a nearby apartment building to deliver someone's morning coffee.
The apartment buildings here are all set up for this--at least in Recoleta where I live. There is a panel outside the building--a very attractive one all covered in brass--with the numbers of all the apartments. The delivery guy presses your buzzer and the phone rings in your apartment. He tells you where he is from and you buzz him through the door.
When we first got here, we went to the grocery store to pick up a few necessities. When it was our turn, the cashier asked, "Envios?" Well, we were stumped. Finally, she told us we were in the wrong line and pointed to the other section of registers. It was then that we noticed the signs: "Envios a Domicilio." Fully half--if not more--of the checkouts in the grovery store are for home delivery. Sin Cargo! Without Charge.
They box up your groceries in plastic tubs and drive them, push them, bike them, carry them right to your door. All this without any additional charge--just a $2 tip for the delivery guy.
I have seen deliveries by car, by can, by truck, by moped, by scooter, on foot, on bicycle, and on roller blades, . I even saw a man carry a side of beef down the street on his shoulders to deliver it to the almacén across the street. And just the other day, I saw a man balancing a basket on his head as he walked down Av. Libertador.
(If I ever get enough confidence to use the phone, I might even give the restaurant delivery a try.)