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When UberEATS launched in Auckland back in March, we knew it was just a matter of time before the app came to the capital. Today, UberEATS commenced its Wellington service, putting the food of more than 70 restaurants in the palms of Wellingtonian hands from 8 am – 10 pm, seven days a week!

The competition will definitely heat up for food delivery services in Wellington with the addition of UberEATS, however, Blair Kippenberger, director of Delivereasy, believes that the arrival of UberEATS will be a good thing for his company. He said that “in other markets, it’s shown that UberEATS makes the pie a lot bigger, so a lot more people will become aware of restaurant delivery, so for us it just means more awareness of our service”.

Wellington has more restaurants per capita than New York, one of the reasons that Emma Foley, UberEATS New Zealand lead, has no doubt of its imminent success. With 70 local restaurants on board for today’s launch, and more expected to jump on board in the coming weeks, there is something for everyone. Keen for some Asian cuisine? You can order from House of Dumplings, Chow and more. Looking for an Instagram-worthy sweet treat? Try Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture or Gelissimo Gelato. Wanting something nutritious and suited to your dietary requirements? Seize are on board to offer a range of options. And those are just a few of the big players that are involved!

Restaurant Association president and owner of Monsoon Poon, Mike Egan, has been looking forward to the arrival of UberEATS. “People are super busy, in their jobs and in their lives, and this is a chance to get restaurant-quality food out to customers, but it won’t be for everyone” he said. Some restaurants, like Monsoon Poon, will only be offering limited menus through the app, so that they can maintain the level of service required to cater for the restaurant’s in-house demands, which already include seated patrons and takeaway orders.

The UberEATS service offers local restaurants a reliable delivery option, expanding their ability to service a whole new network of potential customers, without having to come up with the infrastructure for deliveries independently.

“Partnering with UberEATS means our food is able to reach an even wider audience. Being able to order from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you are, is so easy and convenient, and UberEATS is a trusted brand with a good reputation so we know it’s going to be of huge benefit for our businesses.” – Sophie Kasoylides, owner, Greek Food Truck and Oikos Hellenic Cuisine.

“Our mission at Seize has always been about providing nutritious and ethical superfoods to people with all diets, whether you are gluten intolerant, vegan, or just simply enjoy good food. As a launch partner with UberEATS, we can now take our mission further, bringing our food closer to people that have specific diets, and closer to a future of a more inclusive food culture.” – Mike de Lange, owner, Seize.

The ordering process is super simple. Once you’ve downloaded the UberEATS app and either signed in using your Uber account or signed up to create an account, just tell the app where you’d like the food delivered (add home, work, or any address you’d like), browse local restaurants and pick your food, check out and pay with your card on file, then watch as your order is prepared, picked up, and delivered. Another great feature of the app is the ability to see how long the food is going to take before you order, so if you want food quickly you can take that into account when making an order.

The Wellington region will be well catered for, with delivery available from Miramar, to Island Bay, Karori to Khandallah, and everywhere in-between! Delivery costs are from $6 and your food could be delivered via bicycle, scooter or car.

So whether it’s a quick and easy dinner or an office lunch, UberEATS will have you covered and I for one am excited to give it a try! Especially with the introductory offer of FREE DELIVERY on your first four orders until 6 October 2017 with promo code WELLYEATS.