‘Ottawa’ UberEATS Launches Food Delivery Service in Ottawa
Controversial alternative-taxi service Uber is looking to change up the world of food delivery.
The company kicked off its UberEATS application in Ottawa Wednesday. The app, which it started testing in Toronto almost a year ago before introducing it to a few U.S. markets, provides a menu of food choices and prices.
The service is offered from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
The company said it has partnered with 50 restaurants in Ottawa to kick-start the service, including Art-Is-In, Golden Palace, Dat Sun, El Camino, and Fauna.
To get food, a person opens the app, picks an item and agrees to a delivery charge.
Uber said that for the launch of the service in Ottawa that delivery charges will be waived. In other markets delivery fees have ranged from $4 to $6. Delivery will be curbside, meaning the driver won’t bring the food up to apartments or offices.
For the launch, boundaries for the service stretch from the St. Laurent Shopping Centre, west to a little past Woodroffe Avenue and south to Baseline Road.
Uber has been looking to expand its service offerings to make use of the massive fleet of privately owned vehicles that utilize its app.
In October, Ottawa technology darling Shopify announced a partnership with Uber to handle rush deliveries for its merchants.
Uber operates in 60 countries. Shopify supports more than 100,000 businesses in 150 countries. By using Uber‘s drivers, a business can take an online order, package it, then toss it in the back of a waiting Uber vehicle for immediate delivery.