Uber has launched a business management offering for its Uber Eats food delivery service as part of the Uber for Business platform.
Uber Eats, a separate app that provides delivery service from participating restaurants, launched in 2014 and it has grown to about 350 markets in 35 countries, Uber Eats head of product and senior director Stephen Chau said. Businesses also are using the business more; year to date, the orders expensed in SAP Concur have risen 700 percent year over year, he said.
As such, Uber has developed Uber Eats for Business, in which companies can set controls and get reporting around Uber Eats use. For example, program managers can set price caps for orders or determine which employees are allowed to make orders, Uber for Business lead Ronnie Gurion said.
They also can set different parameters for different use cases, he said. For example, they could set up an after-hours food delivery program for employees who stay at work late, restricting orders to a certain geography and to certain hours. For employees who use Uber Eats to order food in a hotel while traveling, a company could set up a different program that does not have those restrictions.
Once the tool determines an order is in policy, Uber Eats for Business bills it centrally to the company, Gurion said. The service also provides its customers reporting on their spending.
“It’s important that technology companies have scalable platforms,” she told Business Insider in an interview. “In certain sectors of technology, one revenue source may not be enough diversity. A big focus for companies today is recurring revenue, not just a one-hit wonder.”, Jackie Kelley, from EY said.
Uber has been testing the service with about 100 customers and is now making it widely available, he said.