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Uber is already attempting to poach food shipment cyclists in London

Uber is trying to get bicyclists at recognized food shipment start-ups like Take Eat Easy to register to its new UberEats platform, which is because of launch in the UK this year. A group of Take Eat Easy riders told Business Insider on Tuesday that Uber used the Take Eat Easy app to order food to their London office in Aldgate. When the Take Eat Easy rider arrived with Uber's food, he was handed numerous UberEats fliers.


"One of the couriers that works with us learnt [about UberEats]," said a Take Eat Easy rider in Shore ditch who declares to have already signed up to Uber's restaurant food delivery service. "They provided him shit loads of fliers. He passes them round. They [Uber] get loads of couriers coming."


Another rider validated the Take Eat Easy shipment to Uber's office, stating: "He went over there and delivered them some food."

Several other Take Eat Easy riders in the group that Business Insider talked to stated they've also registered to deliver food over the UberEats platform. An Uber spokesperson stated: "We've had a stack of information cards on reception for a week or two and if people work late like in lots of offices they often get food delivered. I imagine somebody passed among the cards to them."


While Take Eat Easy pays riders by the hour, Uber is obviously going to pay riders based upon the variety of shipments they do. Among the riders told us that Uber is providing to pay cyclists 3.00 per shipment, plus 1.60 per mile. He stated Uber will then take 20% of the last charge.

"We’ve got a set lunch and set night shift and we get a certain amount of pay per hour [at Take Eat Easy], whereas with Uber it’s per shipment basis," stated the Take Eat Easy rider. "We might work for both," he added.


Deliveroo, perhaps the best-known restaurant food shipment company in the UK, was trialing a comparable pay-by-delivery model with its motorists in Chiswick, West London.

In the UK, Deliveroo riders are paid 7 per hour with 1 commission for each delivery. Under the brand-new payment model, which was trialed in Chiswick, they were paid 4.25 per delivery.

A number of Deliveroo riders informed the BBC that this implied they were earning less than minimum wage (7.20 per hour). Deliveroo UK and Ireland managing director Dan Warne said the pay-by-delivery test would run for a couple of more weeks when Business Insider talked to him last month. When asked about how much Uber strategies to pay riders in London, Uber's spokesman stated the specific information are still to be confirmed, including: "We're intending to be the best choice for couriers."