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Some Baltimore McDonald’s now deliver, thanks to UberEATS

(Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)

(Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)

As of Monday, 44 Baltimore-area McDonald’s restaurants offer UberEATS delivery.

Customers can order any McDonald’s menu item (with the exception of soft-serve ice cream cones) from their Uber rider account, the UberEATS app, or the UberEATS website. They will have to pay UberEATS’s booking fee, however.

“McDonald’s is one of the most frequently searched for options through the UberEATS app in Baltimore, so Uber is excited to offer what many of our users are craving,” an Uber spokesman said.

The McDonald’s-Uber collaboration is the latest shakeup in the food industry, which has seen the Amazon acquisition of grocery giant Whole Foods, the rise of grocery delivery companies like Instacart and the burgeoning popularity of meal delivery services like Blue Apron.

In other words, it’s getting easier and easier to order, and promptly receive, everything from ingredients to Happy Meals — all without leaving your couch.

Baltimore is the latest in a string of cities to announce the McDonald’s-UberEATS partnership. McDonald’s restaurants in Los Angeles, Chicago and Phoenix unveiled UberEATS delivery in March. UberEATS is now in more than 70 cities.

UberEATS isn’t looking to expand elsewhere in the state, its spokesman said.

“Right now, we’re focused on our partnership in Baltimore and the Maryland counties surrounding D.C.,” the spokesman said.

In May, the fast-food giant said that 1 in 4 of its stores nationwide would have the delivery service by the end of June.

Several other Baltimore restaurants offer UberEATS delivery, including Water for Chocolate, Cafe Gia and Forno. UberEATS unveiled the app in Baltimore in September.

According to a McKinsey & Company study, new food delivery platforms like UberEATS, which offer not only an app on which to make food purchases, but provide the delivery mechanisms themselves, are growing rapidly. The industry’s addressable market is projected to reach more than $20 billion by 2025.

How does UberEATS plan to keep pace? Through Uber’s connections, the company’s spokesman said.

“UberEATS is powered by the Uber network, helping to get hungry folks what they want, when they want it,” the spokesman said.

 


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