When time is short and you need to get a bite to eat, many Americans make that turn into the fast food restaurant’s drive-thru lane… but the next time you’re craving a Big Mac and fries, depending on where you live, you may be able to skip the drive-thru altogether and order it straight to your door.
McDonald’s announced last week that it’s teaming up with UberEATS, the ride sharing company’s food delivery arm, to offer customers “McDelivery” from over 1,000 locations across the United States. UberEATS generally charges a flat fee of $4.99, depending on the city, so you’re definitely paying a premium for that conveniently delivered Big Mac, but if you just can’t invest that extra 9 or 10 minutes in the drive-thru then this could be a solution for you and your lifestyle.
Delivery is now available at hundreds of restaurants in Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Phoenix, Arizona, and Florida. McDonald’s began testing the service in January at 200 locations in Florida.
The move is also aimed at winning over younger customers willing to pay to have food brought to their door.
“We are bringing a new level of convenience to more of our customers as we continue to transform the McDonald’s experience,” said McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook in a statement.
While the wait-times for food delivery services are often high, McDonald’s executives told the Tribune that the delivery effort has been successful due in large part to their plentiful locations– 14,000 nationwide– resulting in tight delivery times.
McDonald’s has reported stagnant growth over the last year so the company is looking to make other improvements to its customer experience. This includes mobile ordering, ordering kiosks and table service.
On Thursday, the fast food chain announced a big change to its frozen dessert offerings and will be removing artificial flavors from its vanilla soft serve, which will soon make all of vanilla treats (like McFlurries, Cones, shakes and more) free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. The change affects 60 percent of McDonald’s desserts, according to a release.
McDonald’s isn’t the first fast-food chain to offer delivery. Wendy’s recently launched the service at 135 of its Ohio and Texas locations, while Panera Bread announced in January its plan to roll out delivery to 35 percent to 40 percent of its locations this year.
So the next time you want McNuggets for dinner and you can’t stand the idea of hitting pause on your binge watching of Netflix, there’s a good chance you won’t even have to leave your couch… just call UberEATS!
Source: Fox News, UberEATS