UberEATS launches in Singapore, its first Asian metropolis
UberEATS, the journey-hailing app’s meals supply service, launched right now in its first Asian market. Singaporeans can now obtain the standalone app, and order meals from about one hundred eating places.
Deliveries are presently restricted to Singapore’s Central Space, its major enterprise and commerce hub, however the firm stated it’s going to broaden its service protection and menu.
Uber reportedly started signing up eating places and testing UberEATS in Singapore final month. The app first debuted in Toronto initially of this yr, earlier than increasing to 4 main U.S. cities in March.
Singapore was additionally the primary Asian market to get Uber’s experience service again in February 2013. The town-state is tiny, with a inhabitants of simply 5.four million, nevertheless it was chosen by Uber as a result of it’s certainly one of Asia’s prime know-how hubs and full of shoppers who prepared to check out new on-line providers.
The query for UberEATS, nevertheless, is whether or not or not new customers will need to keep it up when there are already pretty nicely-entrenched meals supply providers in Singapore, like Rocket Web-backed FoodPanda and Deliveroo, whose buyers embrace Accel and DST International.
UberEATS’ benefits embrace the power to advertise itself to individuals who have already got an Uber account and the truth that it depends on the identical map-routing algorithms Uber makes use of to attach drivers and passengers as shortly as potential to keep away from canceled rides (UberEATS Singapore guarantees supply inside 35 minutes). Its tech infrastructure additionally might assist it obtain larger margins than different meals supply corporations, which typically wrestle to stability revenue with the excessive-value of offering on-demand deliveries.
Uber, which has raised $9 billion in funding to date, has stated that it plans to develop into a main hyperlocal logistics participant, offering fast deliveries of meals and packages, as an alternative of simply rides.
UberEATS’ supply driver program is separate from journey-sharing (although drivers can do each) and one of many points of interest for potential contractors is that delivering meals permits them to seek out work when demand for rides is often sluggish. TechCrunch has contacted Uber to ask if UberEATS operates the identical approach in Singapore.