In an attempt to provide stiff competition to food delivery apps like Zomato and Swiggy, cab-hailing provider Uber has launched its very own food delivery app in India called UberEATS.
The service is available only in Mumbai for now, but the company has said that they plan to make the service available in other parts of the country very soon.
UberEATS is a stand-alone application available on iOS and Play Store. The app is not a part of the Uber taxi service app.
UberEATS was started in 2014 as a small delivery pilot in Los Angeles, and launched as a separate application in Toronto in December 2015. In the past 18 months, it has grown incredibly fast, and is now a stand-alone app available in 26 countries and 78 cities around the globe, including India.
The company plans to make food deliveries via motor bikes. The fact that they have started off the service only in Mumbai is quite puzzling, but the company’s India spearhead believes this to be the perfect start.
Bhavik Rathod, Head, UberEATS India Mumbai is home to a booming food industry with a vibrant food culture, offering both global and local cuisines. The introduction of UberEATS in India, with Mumbai as the first city, is a major step in our global expansion and showcases our commitment to the region.
What’s New on Offer?
There’s nothing jaw dropping about the service, although, Uber plans to attract customers through various features and an expansive network of partners.
Additional Features on UberEATS
- Smart curation & specialisation
- Scheduled orders
- Customised drop-off
Food prices are set by restaurant partners according to their own menu and there’s a delivery fee of Rs 15, inclusive of taxes. There is no minimum order size. Currently, the app accepts payments only via Paytm wallet.
UberEATS has partnered with more than 200 restaurants in Mumbai, along with a few local players as well, where the customers will be able to order all 7 days of the week, depending upon the availability of the restaurant.