Food­de­liv­ery app com­ing to Auck­land

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HENRY COOKE

‘‘Uber has con­firmed it is bring­ing UberEATS to Auck­land next year.’’

UberEATS is on its way to New Zealand.

Uber have con­firmed that the com­pany ex­pect to bring UberEATS to Auck­land early next year, but could not pro­vide a launch date.

That con­fir­ma­tion came af­ter five se­nior job list­ings with ‘‘UberEATS’’ in the ti­tle popped up on Uber’s web­site.

Uber’s smart­phone-driven car ser­vice has al­ready launched in Auck­land, Welling­ton and Christchurch.

Their UberEATS ser­vice, which has made it to many of their larger mar­kets, uses Uber’s driver in­fra­struc­ture to de­liver food to cus­tomers straight from restau­rants.

It op­er­ates as a stand­alone smart­phone app for iPhones and An­droids. Cur­rent Uber driv­ers in other mar­kets can opt out of de­liv­er­ing food and stick to driv­ing pas­sen­gers.

The job list­ings, first spot­ted by NZME, in­clude a ‘‘Restau­rants Op­er­a­tion Man­ager,’’ who ideally ‘‘won’t stop un­til we have all the best restau­rants on UberEATs!’’

UberEATS wouldn’t be the first on­line food de­liv­ery ser­vice in New Zealand, but it could soon be the largest, as long­stand­ing Amer­i­can food-de­liv­ery play­ers like Seam­less and Post­mates have not ar­rived here ei­ther.

The ser­vice launched in March 2016 in five cities, in­clud­ing San Fran­cisco and Los An­ge­les.

It was the first time Uber had launched a new app that op­er­ates sep­a­rately from its well-known car-hail­ing ser­vice.

The orig­i­nal ser­vice of­fered lunchtime de­liv­ery only, and users had to choose from a hand­ful of meal op­tions pre-se­lected by Uber.

As of Septem­ber 2016 UberEats had launched in 33 cities in six coun­tries, 27 of which are in the United States.

Uber has been in the Gov­ern­ment’s fir­ing line re­cently as it con­tin­ues to flout laws around Pasen­ger en­dorse­ments.

Many of Uber’s driv­ers do not hold the en­dorse­ment which is re­quired by law.

Uber has been call­ing on Tans­port Min­is­ter Si­mon Bridges to fast track leg­is­la­tion that would loosen the rules around the en­dorse­ment.

Bridges has pre­vi­ously threat­ened to take Uber off the road if they do not start com­ply­ing.

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UberEATS launched in Tokyo, Ja­pan, in Septem­ber this year.

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