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Foodpanda announces city, partner expansions

NEW OPTION:Users of the food delivery app can now choose to pick up the food themselves to save on delivery costs, a service Uber Eats also now offers

By Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

German food delivery provider Foodpanda yesterday announced a plan to expand its services to more cities and to add more restaurant options.

The company operates in 11 cities in Taiwan after extending to Chiayi and Changhua last month, and is to add more by the end of the year, it said.

Aside from using motorcycles, its delivery partners would also be able to use bicycles or walk to deliver food, the company told its first media briefing in Taipei since entering the market seven years ago.

Foodpanda has seen strong growth so far this year, with active users as of Aug. 31 soaring 20 times from the same period last year.

The company said that it is the largest online restaurant delivery service provider in the nation.

Like its global peers, such as Uber Technologies Inc’s Uber Eats, Foodpanda lists its restaurant partners on an app, through which consumers can order food for delivery by the company’s drivers.

As of the end of last month, the number of the company’s restaurant partners had doubled from the same time a year earlier, and it plans to partner with more restaurants throughout the rest of the year, Foodpanda said.

“We are upbeat about the growth potential of Taiwan’s food takeaway market, as less than 20 percent of Taiwan’s 150,000 restaurants work with third-party delivery service providers,” Foodpanda Taiwan Co (富胖達) president John Fang (方俊強) said in a statement.

The company also allows its users to order food from chains including McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and Subway, it said.

The company yesterday also released a new service that allows consumers to order food on its app and pick it up at the restaurants themselves to save on delivery costs.

Uber Eats also started offering the service this month, the company said.

In addition, Foodpanda plans to extend its regular service hours to 2am from 1:30am, it added.

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