|Industry||Online food ordering|
|Founders||Travis Kalanick, Garrett Camp|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Dara Khosrowshahi (CEO)|
Uber Eats' parent company Uber was founded in 2009 by Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick. The company made its foray into food delivery in August 2014 with the launch of the UberFRESH service in Santa Monica, California. In 2015, the platform was renamed to UberEATS, and the ordering software was released as its own application, separate from their app for Uber rides. Its London operation opened in 2016. In November 2018, the company announced plans to triple its workforce in its European markets. As of November 2018, the company reported making food deliveries in 200 cities in 20 countries in EMEA markets.
Users can read the menu, order, and pay for food from participating restaurants using an application on the iOS or Android platforms or through a web browser. Users additionally have the option of giving a tip for delivery. The app detects the user's location and displays restaurants open at the time. Payment is charged to a card on file with Uber. Meals are delivered by couriers using cars, bikes, or on foot. As of August 2018, Uber Eats changed its flat $4.99 delivery fee rate to varying fee according to the distances. The fee ranges from $2 to $8 as the minimum and maximum rate varying according to the distance covered by delivery services. In the UK and Ireland the delivery fee is based on the value of the order; in February 2019, Uber Eats announced that it would reduce its fee from 35 percent of the order's value to 30 percent. As part of its expansion into foreign markets, the company announced its intention to open virtual restaurants in the UK. Sometimes called cloud restaurants or cloud kitchens, these are restaurant kitchens staffed to prepare and deliver food, either for existing brick-and-mortar restaurants wishing to move their delivery operations offsite, or for delivery-only restaurants with no walk-in or dining room service. As of June, 2019, Uber Eats announced that it will deliver food to their customers by drones, starting in summer 2019.
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