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Uber Eats is a food delivery app (think Seamless, Grubhub) created by Uber to help you order food from local restaurants just as you would order a rideshare. The app works very similar to your standard Uber application, so if you already know how to order a ride, Uber Eats is just as easy!
The app has hundreds of restaurant options to choose from. It knows your location automatically, and will show you a feed of restaurants in the area that you can choose from. You can also search the feed for your favorite restaurant and cuisine. Once you see something you like, it’s as easy as selecting and adding to the cart on your app.
When you’ve finished with your order, Uber Eats will show the delivery address you’ve selected, how long it will take, and the price. There is an automatic tax and booking fee added to the price, so be aware of that! The booking fee is added to every order automatically and you can see it listed before you add to your cart. Another fee you might see is the busy area fee which appears if delivery partners are busy in the area you request your meal from. Think of it as a surge for food delivery.
Similar to Uber, Uber Eats relies on credit card transactions. When you first create your account with Uber Eats, make sure to add a payment method that you don’t mind using more than once. Don’t worry, you can change it afterwards, but it makes ordering from Uber Eats that much easier when all the information is saved!
Just like Uber added in-app tipping to their rideshare service, you will also have the opportunity to tip your delivery partner in the Uber Eats app after your meal is delivered.
The cool thing about the Uber Eats app that other food delivery services don’t have is the feature where you can track and follow the order right from your phone. The map will show you where the Uber Eats vehicle is once it’s on the way, so you can easily follow!
Uber Eats is available seven days a week and operates during the same hours that restaurants near you are open. Right now, Uber is available in select cities across the United States. If Uber Eats is available in your area, you will see "Uber Eats" as an option in your Uber app. The company recently announced they are hoping to expand even more this year, so stay tuned if it’s not available near you yet.
Being a delivery partner is similar to being a standard Uber driver, except you have even more options than just driving a car! Uber Eats "drivers" can use a car, bike, scooter, or shoes to deliver whenever they want, on their own schedule.
If you're already an Uber driver, open up your app and click on the "Account" option, and select "Vehicle Options". Then, agree to the terms of accepting deliveries, and you will automatically receive requests!
If you're new to Uber, simply sign up, agree to a safety screening, upload the required documents, and wait to hear back.
For more information on the specific vehicle requirements for being an Uber Eats partner, check your local requirements here, since they vary by city!