Back in June, while I was on vacation, there were reports about Amazon readying the launch of a food takeout service. This followed earlier reports that the company was working on a new local services offering, and was said to be a smaller part of that larger endeavor.
Today, TechCrunch is reporting that the takeout service has gone live within the Amazon Local app, but only for about 20 restaurants in the Seattle area. While Amazon hasn’t made any formal announcements that we’ve seen, you can actually find the service on the web with a simple Google search here.
The offering lets you choose between takeout and delivery options. You can browse restaurants, and place orders right from the site/app.
“From Pizza to Sushi, find a variety of your favorite neighborhood restaurants,” Amazon says. “Get your food delivered or order takeout by paying with your secure Amazon account. Enjoy the food and our service. If you ever need us, we’re available 24/7.”
As others like TechCrunch have pointed out, this gives Amazon a way to compete with services like Seamless, Grubhub, and DeliveryHero. Uber recently entered the food delivery space as well, just as it got into grocery delivery, which Amazon is also experimenting with.
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