April 23, 2015 12:07:27 pm
Zomato, the food-search app which recently added the option of ordering online, has now teamed up with the taxi-booking app Uber .The partnership allows customers on Zomato to book a cab to the restaurant where they plan to dine.
The announcement comes after Zomato’s recent acquisition of NexTable, an online table reservation platform based in Charlotte, North Carolina. NexTable will soon be renamed to Zomato Book, said a press statement from the company.
NexTable allows customers to make restaurant reservations online in real time, and includes table management and marketing tools for restaurants. It should be noted that Zomato had already announced online reservation for app users in Dubai.
Where the partnership with Uber is concerned, Zomato will roll this out in 27 cities across 13 countries: India, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Turkey, UAE, and the United States.
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The feature has gone live in London and South Africa, and will roll-out to other countries soon. Zomato will add an Uber button on the restaurant page and if you’ve found the place where you plan to go, you can simply tap the button to find the nearest Uber vehicle. Users will also be able to choose the Uber service that best suits them, says Zomato.
With online food ordering too, Zomato has introduced a new tab on the restaurant page. Currently this has only gone live in the Delhi NCR region with over a 1000 restaurants on the list. It should be noted that Zomato is not the actual delivery platform unlike an app like Food Panda but rather is facilitating the connection between a restaurant and a user.
According to Zomato, the restaurant has to manually accept each order from a user before it is processed and the logistics of the delivery are handled by the restaurant itself.
Zomato says the service will go live in Bangalore and Mumbai next with more cities to follow and they hope to have over 10,000 restaurant partners in India in the next couple of months. Zomato has provided restaurants with iPads to help take orders and users can rate a restaurant based on the delivery experience.
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