From the people who brought you the ability to never again step foot inside a stinky cab comes UberEATS, the newest food delivery branch of the ever-expanding Uber family.
UberEATS launched in Miami, Hallandale, Hollywood, Dania Beach, Ives, and West Park this past week, making South Florida one of the first areas in the U.S. this new food delivery service is available.
Users can open the app and see if UberEATS is available in their location yet, and if so, can the proceed to getting food from hundreds of restaurants delivered straight to their doors, Uber-style. Delivery is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight.
According to Uber, South Florida was a natural pick when it came to deciding on which areas the service would be tested out.
"What we’ve seen is that South Florida has really embraced Uber... so over the last few months we thought, 'Let’s further invest in the community to bring UberEATS down here,'" Uber South Florida's general manager Kasra Moshkani told the Miami Herald. "Anyone who downloads the app will have the ability to see top restaurants in Miami that have partnered with us, scroll through their menus, order food and have it delivered to them using the Uber driver partner network."
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UberEATS works much like the original people-moving Uber app: Customers place an order, and a short time later a driver arrives. This time, however, he's not taking you anywhere; he's just there to drop off food. Once you download it to your phone, key in your credit card information, and enter a valid delivery address, restaurants are sorted by delivery time. Once you click the restaurant, you can then scroll through the menu and select what you want to order.
Delivery fees are a flat $4.99, and unlike Uber, there is no surge pricing. One way UberEATS is similar to Uber is a perk that is certain to get customers' attention: Tipping is not necessary. The UberEATS drivers are paid in the same fashion Uber drivers are paid, so they have already been taken care of.
As an added bonus, UberEATS is waving their delivery fee for the first few weeks. Users can enter the promo code 'Free Food' to take advantage of this offer. Also, this Friday, July 15, UberEATS will deliver a free Magnum ice cream pop to app users. The ice cream offer is available throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach — regardless of whether the app delivers to that particular area.