Nagpur: Amazon is planning to launch an online food delivery service in India to take on domestic food delivery services such as Swiggy and Zomato. The company is expected to launch its food delivery service in India ahead of the festive season which starts in September this year.
According to a report, the Seattle-based tech giant is working with Catamaran, a company founded by Infosys founder Narayana Murthy to launch its online food delivery service in the country. People close to the matter told that the company has started the hiring of staff for the new operation.
A separate report by Business Standard indicates that the company is in the initial phase of talks to buy UberEats, a food delivery app by Uber Technologies. It was launched in India back in 2017. The company, as per the report, is keen on entering the food delivery business and add it to the list of services offered as a part of its Prime membership plan in the country.
Separately, Amazon last month closed its food delivery business in the United States owing to stiff competition. Amazon had launched Amazon Restaurants in the US back in 2015 and expanded it internationally to London. While the company shut down its services in London last year, it closed its services in the US earlier in June.
Now, Amazon is eyeing to launch Amazon Restaurants in India in a bid to boost and attract more customers and boost its user count. Notably, both Amazon and UberEats have not commented on the matter yet and we will have to wait for an official confirmation from the two companies to know more about the deal.