UberEATS launched in Sydney last month offering customers delivery from some of the city’s best restaurants.
Uber is best known for it’s ride-sharing service which shook up the taxi industry when it first launched in Sydney in 2012. Customers can save up to 20 per cent by catching an Uber instead of a taxi and UberEATS is looking to offer similar savings to customers in the food delivery market.
Such is the threat of the Uber brand, one of Sydney’s biggest food delivery services, Deliveroo, has raised $361 million to combat its rival’s launch.
Levi Aron, head of Deliveroo Australia, said these funds would be used to expand Deliveroo’s service in new and existing areas and to provide funds for new technological advancements.
“Deliveroo continues to strive and bring the latest technological and data-driven innovations to the restaurant industry,” Mr Aron said.
Deliveroo delivers to customers from 170 restaurants right across Sydney everyday between midday and 11pm.
By comparison, UberEATS offers delivery from only 104 of Sydney top restaurants so far, however, 82 of these are not available through Deliveroo. UberEATS also delivers between 11am to 10pm, seven days a week to customers from Bondi to Newtown and everywhere in.
The company isn’t going to stop there, though, as they look to expand to more areas and add more restaurants to the app.
“UberEATS has only been available for a short amount of time but already we have seen plenty of orders being made,” a spokeswoman from Uber told The Newsroom.
“We are looking to growing with getting more restaurants involved and more drivers on the roads delivering food.”
David Rohrsheim, General Manager of Uber Australia and New Zealand, is looking forward to seeing how UberEATS will change the food delivery service.
“We’re super excited to be bringing Sydneysiders their favourite restaurants directly to their door, with the launch of the UberEATS app in Sydney,” Mr Rohrsheim said.
“UberEATS will help more people access the city’s great food from top restaurants in their suburb and beyond.”
Lauren Bunnell is a customer of both UberEATS and Deliveroo but definitely has a preference out of the two.
“After a late night, going out for brunch just wasn’t on the cards so we decided to try UberEATS,” Ms Bunnell explains.
“Twenty minutes later, we had poached eggs on sour dough with smashed avocado and dukkah complete with cutlery at our door. So it was honestly the perfect hangover option.
“Deliveroo is usually cold when I’ve ordered it so I’m definitely team UberEATS.”
UberEATS driver Elle McCabe said it is such a great service for customers, drivers and restaurants.
“I think UberEATS is great, it’s just such a great set up and I have not had any problems,” Ms McCabe said.
“The only negative I can think of is how hungry I get having all that amazing food in my car.” – Paul Burns.