Earlier this year, Uber announced its plans of launching its on-demand food delivery app ‘UberEATS’ in India. According to the latest report, UberEATS is set to launch in the second quarter of this year. The company has already started gathering restaurant partners for its platform, in six cities including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai and Gurugram. The launch of UberEATS will put it in competition with popular food aggregators such as Zomato, Swiggy, Faasos, Yumist and Foodpanda. Also Read - Top 5 best stock trading apps in India in 2021: Tradingview, investing.com, INDmoney, moreAlso Read - Top 5 Android apps that help quit smoking
According to a report on ET, the management team for UberEATS will be different from the company’s ride-hailing platform at both national and city levels. UberEATS is currently known to recruit professionals for its platform like city-level general managers and restaurant operations managers, along with brand and sales heads. The top management is being hired for running operations in the major cities of Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai and Gurugram. The India operations for UberEATS will be headed by Manan Javeri who will report directly to the company s Asia Pacific head Allen Penn.
Regarding the hiring process for India s UberEATS team, Allen Penn was quoted as saying, We are currently in the process of setting up a team dedicated to the UberEATS business in India, this includes internal transfers, primarily experts in marketplace management as well as external hires. Penn further said that the launch of UberEATS in India would be a gradual one. The service would first launch in one city and would eventually expand to the remaining cities by the end of the year. However, there is no word on which city the service would be launched in first. As mentioned before, UberEATS has started collaborating with onboard restaurant partners, and the commission charges would be 25 to 30 percent on each delivery. ALSO READ: Uber India launches new cognitive security feature called real-time ID check
UberEATS was launched as a pilot project back in Los Angeles in 2014. The service is currently available in 65 cities globally which include Bangkok, Dubai, San Francisco, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, and Singapore. Uber says that UberEATS uses the same technology as its ride-hailing app and is cost-effective and efficient. Uber further said that UberEATS is designed to get food delivered to you and is as easy as requesting a ride. The app is already available for download on Google Play Store and App Store. One needs to have an Uber account to login and use UberEATS when the service goes live. ALSO READ: Google Areo: Google s new app attempts to tap on India s hyper-local market
Amongst the services UberEATS would be competing against, Zomato would be its toughest competitor. Zomato currently holds the crown for food delivery service in India. The company recently launched its subscription service ‘Zomato Treats’ which ensures a free dessert on every meal ordered online via participating restaurants. Zomato also posted revenue growth of Rs 318 crore for 2016-17 and recently announced that it has clocked over 2 million orders in March 2017. ALSO READ: Zomato Treats subscription plan launched in India; members get free dessert with every order