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Binge watching tonight? Send Uber to get dinner for you

Ride-share service Uber is launching UberEATS in Sacramento. It is a restaurant food delivery service and will compete in Sacramento with Caviar, Postmates, FoodJets and other app-based delivery services.
Ride-share service Uber is launching UberEATS in Sacramento. It is a restaurant food delivery service and will compete in Sacramento with Caviar, Postmates, FoodJets and other app-based delivery services. The Associated Press

Uber, already a popular transporter of people in the capital city, is now in the food delivery business in Sacramento.

The international ride-share company announced it is bringing its UberEATS service to Sacramento, starting Thursday. It joins an increasingly crowded field locally that includes national companies Caviar and Postmates as well as Sacramento-based FoodJets.

The burgeoning delivery industry takes advantage of smartphone app technology to offer restaurant food to people who are too tired to cook or to go out but want a meal for their evening of binge television.

Customers order on their phone or computer from participating restaurants and have drivers pick the meal up and deliver it to the customers’ home, office or other chosen location.

“Everybody’s busy these days and wants the convenience of delivery from more than just pizza and Chinese restaurants,” said Darren McAdams of FoodJets, one of UberEATS’ local competitors. “Companies have made it so easy to push a button on your phone.”

Uber, the leading app-based ride-share company in the country, has been expanding the UberEATS service nationally in recent months.

“We are excited to announce that starting tomorrow, Sacramento will be home to UberEATS,” Chris Nakutis of UberEATS said in an email to The Bee. “With over 100 restaurant partners, hungry diners across the city can now use enjoy fresh, quality meals at the tap of a button.”

Caviar lists 55 participating food outlets in Sacramento.

Postmates also provides delivery service of nonfood items from stores and describes itself as “an on-demand delivery company that can bring you anything from anywhere.” That includes $3.99 deliveries in Sacramento from Trader Joe’s and the Apple store.

The company will even do a booze run to liquor stores, a spokeswoman said.

Local FoodJets company owner McAdams said he feels his company can compete on price and speed with Uber despite being local and less-capitalized. “Our technology is on par with Uber,” he said.

Plus, he said, his company will give customers a credit or do a “rerun” if a restaurant messes up the food order.

Steve Law has been driving for the services in search of extra income and flexible hours.

Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak

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