July 20, 2017

UberEats joins the endless stream of meal delivery services in Pittsburgh

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When the late night surge of Philly cheesesteak and french fry orders pour in from hungry college students, they’re usually not coming in on the phone, said Joel Miller, manager of Oakland-based sandwich shop Campus Deli.

“Tuesday night shift, there was one phone delivery and 10 Grubhub deliveries,” Mr. Miller said. “It goes back and forth, but it’s a lot of our business.”

Grubhub still isn’t the only on-demand meal service expanding Campus Deli’s customer base beyond its traditional store-operated delivery service. There’s Yelp’s Eat24. And Lawrenceville-based delivery service Happy Bellies. There’s a possible deal with EatStreet on the horizon. And now, UberEATS has confirmed a partnership.

Adding to the droves of meal delivery services customers use to order food with the touch of a button, UberEATS officially launched in Pittsburgh Thursday morning, following rumors of its release last week.

The ridesharing company’s meal delivery offshoot — which operates in more than 80 U.S. cities in combination with 40,000 partner restaurants — joins a Pittsburgh market already infiltrated with meal delivery services. The Pittsburgh space also includes offers of assistance from Postmates, OrderUp and Squirrel Hill-based Wheel Deliver.

A 2015 economic impact study done for Chicago-based delivery service Grubhub noted that in the past, […]

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