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Uber has revolutionized the way we travel and now they are doing the same with food delivery.
UberEATS a new on-demand food delivery app powered by Uber, and went live on Thursday 29 September, in Johannesburg. It will allow users to order food from a selection of restaurants that are up to 3.5km away. They hope to take 35 minutes from start to finish to deliver meals using their existing UberX vehicles.
The UberEATS app can be downloaded from the app store or through the Uber rides app, and meals can be requested for delivery in Northern Johannesburg from 7am to 10pm, seven days a week with a R20 delivery fee. They expect to extend the service to Midrand and Pretoria by the end of the year and Cape Town next year.
UberEats launched in Toronto‚ Canada‚ in December last year and has since branched into four continents and more than 22 cities.
There’s no minimum order size, but every order includes a delivery fee of R20 (the same as the minimum fare for an UberX).
1. Download the app or go to ubereats.com to find what you’re craving.
2. Sign in – you can use your existing Uber account for UberEATS – or create a new one.
3. Tell them where to deliver – add your home, work, or any other address you’d like.
4. Browse local restaurants – search for your favourite local restaurant or try something new.
5. Check out with a tap – simply pay with your card on file. And remember, the delivery fee is R20.
6. Track your order – watch as your order gets picked up and delivered right to your door.
Discounts for new users:
On your first time trying the UberEATS App, enter this promo code at checkout TryEatsZA to enjoy up to R100 off your first order. Available for new UberEATS users only.
Even though the winter weather here in Johannesburg is lovely (on average 25 degrees celsius) flu season may be upon us, so Discovery Health and Uber have collaborated to bring you flu vaccinations on demand.
From 10h00 to 15h00 this Friday, 22 May 2015, you can request a flu vaccination to your doorstep with Uber and Discovery Health. Simply open up your Uber app at 10h00, toggle over the red cross icon and request a ride as you normally would. Within minutes, a Discovery-Accredited nurse will arrive at your location, ready to administer flu vaccinations for up to 5 individuals (for a total cost of just R100.)
All Discovery Vitality members will earn 1000 Vitality points following their flu vaccination and all DiscoveryCard holders, who add their DiscoveryCard to their Uber account, will have the R100 home visit fee refunded.
I recently had my first Uber experience… and it was effortless. I downloaded the Uber app a while back, but only used the service on Valentine’s Day, when I attended a Glamour magazine event (more about this in a later post).
It really is as easy as pie, just select which Uber car service you’d like – either Uber Van (for larger groups of people), Uber Black (if you want a stylish ride in say, a Mercedes Benz) and Uber X (a ride in say, a Toyota Corolla). Select your pick up location, get a fare estimate (if you’d like) and then click on “Request UberX”. You will be notified on the app when your car will collect you via the nifty estimated time of arrival info, which is usually within 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how many cars are in your vicinity. When you sign up for the app, you also load your debit or credit card details, so at the end of your journey, your card automatically gets debited, so no cash changes hands, making it safer than a usual metered taxi. Our driver was friendly and polite and I rated him 5 stars at the end of the journey.