Delivery / Food and drink

Amazon serves up restaurant delivery in Baltimore

The first East Coast city for the service just happens to be OrderUp's headquarters.

Amazon's Prime Now, illustrated. (Courtesy photo)

Baltimore became the first East Coast city where Amazon is offering food delivery from restaurants on Thursday.
It’s a characteristically bold move for the tech giant, given that Baltimore is the headquarters of OrderUp, which was acquired by Groupon earlier this year but remains a standalone brand. The only other cities where Amazon has rolled out restaurant delivery so far are Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles.
Initially, Amazon is offering delivery to Prime customers from 60 local restaurants. Among the selections are Alewife, City Cafe, The Helmand, Locust Point Steamers, Sip & Bite and the Local Fry. There’s a full list on Amazon’s press release.
By contrast, OrderUp’s website says it offers delivery from 128 restaurants in Baltimore.
The company is delivering to 10 zip codes, and says food can be delivered in an hour or less. Orders are placed through the Prime Now mobile app.
Initially, there won’t be a delivery fee. But after the rollout period, Amazon will add a $7.99 fee to orders.
Amazon introduced one-hour delivery via Prime Now in Baltimore earlier this year following the opening of its fulfillment center in a former GM plant on Broening Highway.

Companies: Amazon / OrderUp

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