Mcdon­ald’s de­liv­ery app of­fers so­lace to the hung-over

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By James Tit­comb

IT IS the mo­ment fast food junkies have long been wait­ing for, and a development that could help soothe a mil­lion hang­overs.

Mcdon­ald’s has suc­cumbed to de­mands to in­tro­duce home de­liv­er­ies in Bri­tain, launch­ing a test of the ser­vice in Lon­don, Leeds and Not­ting­ham.

The restau­rant chain is tri­alling de­liv­er­ies at dozens of out­lets after agree­ing a part­ner­ship with Ubereats, the food de­liv­ery app cre­ated by the Amer­i­can tech­nol­ogy gi­ant.

Users of the app who live within a mile and a half of cer­tain out­lets will be able to or­der from the Mcdon­ald’s menu, after which a bike courier will drop it at their doors.

Mcdon­ald’s has re­sisted of­fer­ing take­aways for its 43 years in the UK but has given in to pres­sure as spend­ing on on-de­mand de­liv­ery apps such as Just Eat and De­liv­eroo booms.

De­mand for take­aways rose 10 times faster than eat­ing out last year, with 599 mil­lion or­ders, worth £3.6bil­lion, placed. Or­ders were up 50 per cent since 2008, an­a­lysts said.

The UK is one of last ma­jor mar­kets to launch Mcdon­ald’s de­liv­ery. The “Mcde­liv­ery” ser­vice was avail­able in the US as far back as 1993. Ri­val fast food chains made the first move in the UK where Burger King be­gan tri­alling de­liv­er­ies in 2015. KFC fol­lowed this year fol­low­ing a tie-up with app Just Eat.

Mcdon­ald’s said its new ser­vice would be avail­able from 7am to 2am. Cus­tomers will be charged a £2.50 de­liv­ery fee by Uber, what­ever the cost of their or­der.

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