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Uber speeds up deliveries

Jan 31, 2017

Popular ride-sharing business Uber, has diversified its portfolio with a separate food delivery app appropriately named UberEATS. The rollout of its Cape Town service follows the initial South African launch in select suburbs of Johannesburg.

UberEATS uses the company’s growing list of partner-drivers, in excess of 4 000 in the country’s major cities, to deliver meals to hungry mouths from restaurants, promising to accomplish drop-off from ordering in just 30 minutes. As is the case with the core business app, deliveries can be tracked in real-time from a smartphone or tablet equipped with GPS.

“UberEATS connects local restaurants with a reliable delivery option, effectively expanding their capacity and reach to be able to service a whole new network of potential customers. Through the Uber platform, restaurants can work with a network of couriers to get more meals delivered to more customers, quickly and reliably whenever they are open,” the company wrote on its website.

The app is available on Google Play and the iTunes store for Android and Apple users respectively and will use 14.7 MB or 44.5 MB of data to download. After the customer places the order from one of the restaurant partners, an UberX driver nearby will collect – though Uber is also exploring the use of scooters and motorcycles for deliveries.

UberEATS is currently limited to users located in the City Bowl and surroundings areas. Participating restaurants include Crumbs & Cream, IYO Burgers, Truth Coffee Roasting, Bacini’s Ristorant and Active Sushi. 

Last modified on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 13:13
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