The service was started in 2014 in Los Angeles and is now present as stand-alone app in 58 cities around the globe including Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Taipei.
Taxi-hailing app Uber is all set to enter food delivery market as it gears up to launch UberEATS in India. The service was started in 2014 in Los Angeles and is now present as stand-alone app in 58 cities around the globe including Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Taipei.
The company will compete to the likes of hyper-local food delivery startups such as FoodPanda, Swigyy and Zomato.
While there has been no confirmation on the date of launch, Uber is inviting users to share details about their favourite restaurants via its blog.
The company in its blog post said that it will give consumers, restaurant partners, and delivery partners more options across India. Restaurants can tap into the Uber delivery network to expand their businesses and reach a new network of potential customers. And delivery partners now have access to even more flexible earning opportunities.
Allen Penn, Asia Pacific’s head of UberEATS in a statement said, “I am incredibly excited about bringing UberEATS to India. This is a significant investment, it spans multiple cities and regions, and it has the potential to change the food industry – with the push of a button – in one of the most vibrant food cultures in the world.”
Domestic rival Ola had experimented with food delivery under its Ola Cafe in 2015. However, it had to shut down the business within a year following competition from other food delivery startups.
India as a country is known worldwide for its variety of cuisines, it will be interesting to see if UberEATS will be able offer something different and make a mark in the highly competitive food delivery segment.