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