Uber had announced in January that it was bringing its food delivery service to India, its fastest-growing market in the world. UberEATS has rolled out in Mumbai and will soon be taken to five other Indian cities. India becomes UberEATS' fourth Asian market, after it launched in Singapore last May, followed by Tokyo (Japan) and Bangkok (Thailand). Interestingly, Uber's local rival Ola had started a similar service, Ola Cafe, in 2015 and shut it down a year later after reportedly failing to expand its network of restaurants. UberEATS presently delivers to a handful of zip codes, primarily in western Mumbai (see map). Most of the city is yet to be serviced.
If you love eating at restaurants often but you're also lazy and/or just prefer staying home, UberEats is a service you should get to know. UberEats, the ride-hailing company's food-delivery service, now runs until 2 a.m. in London, a three-hour extension of its previous closing time, according to a company announcement. This update means Londoners can order UberEat almost around the clock, choosing from 150 participating restaurants to fill the space in their stomach long past the setting of the sun. The service started doing breakfast in London at 7 a.m. So now instead of running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., just half the day, the service now covers 19 of every 24 hours.
TOKYO--Uber Technologies Inc. plans to launch its food-delivery business in Japan on Thursday, preparing for a gradual rollout across a country where its main ride-hailing business is barred. Uber is introducing the service, dubbed UberEats, in Tokyo, a city where good restaurants are plentiful but their food isn't always available for delivery. Tokyo is the 34th city UberEats has entered. The company says it will launch the service in other Japanese cities soon. Bicycle couriers will pick up orders from more than 150 restaurants and deliver food boxes to customers.
The ride-sharing company's food delivery service will start incorporating surge pricing in select cities, Uber product manager Ben Dreier announced in a blog post Thursday. Instead, he said that UberEats customers would "pay more for delivery" when demand is high. "There are still times when there aren't enough delivery partners in a particular area to complete every delivery request at Uber speed," Dreier wrote. "That's why we're asking UberEATS customers in select cities to pay more for delivery when they order from restaurants in areas where demand is high but delivery partners are scarce." Uber has long implemented surge pricing for its ride-hailing services, but UberEats has so far been exempt from the added fee applied during times of high demand.
Uber Technologies announced Wednesday that it will start a food delivery service in Japan after the company's primary ride-hailing service met with multiple obstacles thanks to the country's strong taxi lobby. The service called UberEATS will reportedly launch Thursday in central Tokyo where food delivery isn't always available. The company added that UberEATS will be launched in several other cities in the country over time. With the latest development, Japan becomes the 8th country and Tokyo the 34th city for UberEATS. Drivers will pick up food from over 150 restaurants in Tokyo and deliver them to customers.