By now, almost everyone knows what Uber is and what it does. The popularity of the app has gone beyond proportions and has now reached a number of cities throughout the world. Now that it has been able to tap into different markets, the company is deciding to step into another market which is somewhat related to the service they provide: UberEats. UberEats is the first standalone app launched by the company which caters to food delivery service. The company is preparing to launch the app in 10 cities in the US. The cities on the list include Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and many others. When it launches, users will be able to access the app after they have downloaded it from the Apple App Store or the Google Play store. According to Uber, the app will be available by the end of March.
For some time now, Uber has been testing how viable the food-delivery service will be. They've been using their main Uber app as a way to test the waters and see how well it will be accepted by those who enjoy the service. The service was tested for the last 18 months before its own standalone app was launched in Toronto. Despite only making this food-delivery service available now, UberEats was actually launched in Los Angeles in 2014. And ever since its inception, it has grown to include cities like New York, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, and Barcelona. Just like the main Uber app, UberEats partners with two restaurants per day where meals can be offered to customers. After an order is placed, the company delivers the ordered food via a courier in just a few minutes. A driver can also choose whether or not he wants to be an UberEats driver so he can get the $5 delivery fee charged on every UberEats order. And similar to Uber, UberEats lets you track your orders' whereabouts on your smartphone as it makes its way to you.
Seeing the rise for such service and how well it has been appreciated by the public, Uber has decided to take things to the next level– by offering it in 10 cities in the US. The company hopes to build a new stream of income from the food-delivery service as much as it did with the original ride-hailing service. When it launches, UberEats delivery service will be available for lunchtime-only food deliveries before it grows to service other options. While UberEats is a new venture the company has planned, it's certainly not the only one. Uber still has a number of services to roll out in the future such as UberRush. But for now, UberEats is its concentration.