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UberEats: Uber wants more food on wheels

The transport service Uber is about to expand in the food delivery business. The food delivery service will benefit from the popularity of the transport service, said UberEats boss Jambu Palaniappan. The service, which is currently offered in six countries, should be available in Johannesburg and Dubai, among others, by the end of the year.

As can be seen from job advertisements of the US company, Uber wants to expand its UberEats offer to at least 22 other states. Among other things, managers, salespeople and bicycle couriers are looking for.

UberEats will be launched in Amsterdam on Thursday at the same time as the IPO of the Dutch market leader, Lieferando parent company In addition to the Dutch, JustEat from Great Britain and Delivery Hero from the Berlin group Rocket Internet have dominated the international market for arranging food deliveries. Most recently, after Seattle, Amazon also entered the highly competitive market in London.

The project underscores Uber's repeatedly expressed ambitions to grow beyond the original business. The US company actually provides driving services to private chauffeurs via smartphone app. Both drivers and taxi operators protested against Uber in several countries. One reason for this is that providers like Uber are undermining employee rights.