Orders on the UK Uber Eats platform have jumped 160% since the Covid-19 lockdown began, reports City A.M. The number of restaurants available has nearly doubled since February, now totaling over 17,000.
Toussaint Wattinne, general manager for Uber Eats in the UK and Ireland, told City A.M. that lockdown measures accelerated the firm’s goal of ordering on food delivery apps becoming “an everyday habit” for Brits.
“[Uber Eats has] become increasingly an essential service for all involved. Restaurants turned to us more than ever to ensure they can continue to drive sales during economic difficulties,” he said.
While a number of restaurants were forced to close at the outset of the coronavirus crisis, the app has seen a massive uptick in demand, and many restaurants rushed in to fill the void. Even some fine dining destinations, including Hakkasan in Mayfair, have joined the app.
Uber is luring new users to the app with a number of offers and promo codes, which give newcomers an incentive to try out the food delivery service.