Fifty thousand restaurants in the UK and Ireland can now serve customers with Uber Eats, as the fast growing food delivery app unlocks its technology to restaurants with their own delivery drivers.
Launching nationwide today, the new service will offer restaurants in 100 towns and cities – whether they want to use their own delivery drivers or access independent couriers via the Uber Eats app – the opportunity to deliver food and grow their business with Uber Eats.
Previously Uber Eats was only available to restaurants who wanted to offer delivery using independent couriers available on the app.
Uber Eats is already partnering with 10,000 restaurants in 100 towns and cities across the UK, and expects this number to more than double in 2019.
These changes will be accompanied by a new service fee structure and self-service sign up tool designed to make it quicker, easier and more competitive for restaurants to partner with Uber Eats.
The announcement comes as new data reveals the growing food delivery market, which is expected to be worth nearly £10bn by 2021, is playing an increasingly important role in the growth of small and medium sized restaurants.
For the 78% of Uber Eats restaurants that are small and medium sized businesses, on average food delivery is expected to account for more than 10% of their total revenue.
Toussaint Wattinne, General Manager, Uber Eats UK & Ireland comments: “We want to help as many restaurants as possible open their virtual doors and unlock the value of their business with food delivery. That’s why we’re opening our technology up for all restaurants who want to grow their business with Uber Eats.
“Whether that’s helping a family run fish and chip shop make their first delivery or supporting a household favorite serve more customers. We strongly believe this will help restaurants big and small thrive long in to the future, while vastly enhancing selection for users.”