Uber has announced the launch of its food delivery app UberEATS in the second quarter of 2017.
The services will initially be launched in six cities – Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai and Gurugram – and will expanded further. UberEats is already available in nearly 80 cities worldwide; it plans to initially launch in one Indian city, and add five more by the end of the year.
When it goes live, UberEats will go up against the likes of local players like Swiggy, Zomato, and Google’s new Areo service.
Allen Penn, Asia Pacific’s Head of UberEATS stated on January 2017,
“I am incredibly excited about bringing UberEATS to India. This is a significant investment, it spans multiple cities and regions, and it has the potential to change the food industry – with the push of a button – in one of the most vibrant food cultures in the world.”
At present, the company is busy creating its restaurant partner network at a commission rate of around 25%- 30%, along with the hiring of senior positions in the Indian UberEATS team. As reported, Manan Javeri will head the India Launch and report directly to Allen Penn. He joined Uber in 2015 and is a former McKinsey executive.
UberEATS product manager Rachel Lin noted that they now have 46,000 restaurants on the platform, up from around 1,000 at launch, and that the number is growing quickly, and set to expand considerably with the forthcoming addition of South Korea and India to the list of markets it serves.