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Tech Uber set to launch its food delivery service in Nairobi

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Uber Eats is looking to rival other players in the sector including Hello Food, Jumia Food and Yum Kenya

Uber is set to launch its food delivery service in Nairobi this year, the firm's East Africa spokesperson Janet Kemboi said on Tuesday.

The taxi-hailing firm said it looks to increase its investment with the launch of the global food delivery app dubbed 'Uber Eats' as it aims to ride on a fast-expanding online food order and delivery market presently dominated by local courier firms.

 

“After three years of making safe and affordable rides available at the touch of a button, Uber has announced its continued investment in East Africa with the forthcoming launch of Uber Eats in Kenya,” said Ms Kemboi in a statement.

She stated that the firm is in talks with a number of local and national restaurant partners in Kenya. It however remains unclear on the exact date for the launch.

“While we can’t share an exact date, we look forward to bringing food delivery at the push of a button to Kenya in the coming months."

“We have been overwhelmed by the response from local residents who want access to flexible work and we urge anyone interested in delivering with Uber Eats to earn some extra money to get in touch,” she said.

Ms Kemboi added that there was a huge demand in Nairobi for the service.

Launched two years ago, Uber Eats seeks to capitalise on demand for convenience from users. Other players in the sector include Hello Food, Jumia Food and Yum Kenya among others.

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