Uber Eats and Ordermark announced a partnership this week that will offer service discounts to Ordermark restaurant customers who also leverage the Eats platform for their delivery needs. According to a press release sent to The Spoon by Ordermark, the partnership will make it “easy for restaurants to participate and manage off-premise orders.” It could also help Uber Eats woo more restaurants into becoming more loyal and longtime partners.
Ordermark’s technology helps restaurants centralize incoming orders from the many different channels in which they originate nowadays — in-house, delivery, takeout, etc. The technology pushes orders placed via Uber Eats directly to the kitchen without restaurant staff having to use an extra device or manually input the orders into the main POS system.
According to the press release, restaurants that sign up with Ordermark and request to use Uber Eats as a delivery partner can get their initial setup fees waived by Ordermark and are also eligible to receive a discounted rate on Ordermark services (actual discount numbers were not disclosed). While not the most earth-shattering news of the week, it’s also not insignificant, given the ongoing battle between delivery services and restaurants over sky-high commission fees and the fact that we’re seeing more companies like Ordermark come to market with solutions that promise to simplify both operations and financials for restaurants when it comes to delivery.
In another bid to entice more restaurant partners, Uber Eats is also reportedly selling ad space inside the Eats platform to restaurants. TechCrunch reported a job listing for an Uber Eats Ad Lead, which was confirmed by Uber. “There’s a bunch of different ways we can work with restaurants over time. If we have all the restaurants on the marketplace and we give them tools to help them grow, then this will be a very efficient marketplace,” Uber told TechCrunch.
Both developments come on the heels of Uber’s most recent earnings stats which, while not quite as abysmal as the previous quarter’s numbers still show the company posting more than $1 billion in losses. Losses for the Eats business grew to $316 million, up from $198 million one year ago.
Like Grubhub, who just saw its sharpest one-day decline in its entire history as a publicly traded company, Uber Eats is struggling to show investors it can be a profitable business. Firmly entrenching more restaurants into its ecosystem with discounts and ads could help Eats. Unfortunately, it’s a wait-and-see scenario as to whether that will be enough.