McDonald's (MCD) now delivers from more than 1,000 of its 14,000 restaurants nationwide, and customers aren't just ordering quarter pounders for delivery, they're ordering in bulk.
Through a partnership with UberEats, McDonald's said on Wednesday that it expanded its McDelivery service to 270 restaurants in Chicago and more than 700 nationwide, including 300 in Los Angeles, 144 in Phoenix and 59 in Columbus, Ohio. The option will be provided via ride-hailing app company Uber's food delivery service.
"McDonald's restaurant footprint, combined with the cutting-edge innovation of the UberEATS platform, positions us well to meet the consumer demand for fast and reliable delivery - making this an ideal partnership," McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a statement. "Whether you are at home or at the park, UberEATS has what you're craving ready to be delivered at the tap of a button."
Last year, McDonald's said it generated nearly $1 billion in delivery sales globally across both its company-owned and franchised restaurants.
But, likely because UberEats carries a $5 delivery charge, pricier than most of McDonald's menu items, customers aren't ordering happy meals for delivery.
The Chicago Tribune reported that, in Florida, where Micky D's started testing McDelivery in January, the most popular items being bought for delivery are the 40-piece Chicken McNuggets for $9.99 and the Big Mac & Chicken McNuggets Meal Bundle, complete with two Big Macs, a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets, three medium fries and three medium beverages for $14.99.
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"Through delivery, we'll bring the McDonald's experience to more customers, whether it's in their homes, their dorm rooms, to their workplace and beyond," Easterbrook said on a conference call in April. "We're encouraged by our pilot results in Florida and are expanding to additional cities in the U.S. this quarter."
McDonald's isn't the only company, and certainly not the first, to launch an innovative food delivery method. Here are the biggest fast food companies, delivering via drones, robots and chatbots, leading the charge.
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Starbucks junkies can also use Amazon's (AMZN) Alexa or the chain's own voice-activated chatbot, MyStarbucks Baritsa, to order coffee by voice.
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The pizza giant prides itself on its delivery innovations. In addition to ordering from Ford (F) cars, you can order a pizza using Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google Home, Facebook (FB) Messenger, Amazon Echo and even by tweeting a pizza emoji on Twitter (TWTR) .
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Both Domino's and archrival Pizza Hut are experimenting with robots. Domino's is working on robot delivery, while Pizza Hut, owned by Yum! Brands (YUM) , unveiled a high-tech concept restaurant in China including a robot host.
Another Yum! Brands company, KFC, teamed up with Chinese tech company Baidu (BIDU) for a robot-staffed restaurant in Beijing where facial recognition software scans customers and recommends food orders.
In November, Domino's also completed the first commercial drone delivery of food in Australia. Domino's drone partner, Flirtey, has also completed drone deliveries from 7-Eleven stores in Nevada.
Not to be outdone, Chipotle (CMG) recently began testing burrito delivery via drone, with help from Google parent Alphabet, at Virginia Tech.
At many foreign locations, such as Hong Kong, your McDonald's delivery comes by motorcycle as opposed to Uber.
Chicken wing chain Wingstop's (WING) delivery options include deals of the week and group ordering when you sign up for an account. The service is offered through its partnership with online food delivery company DoorDash.com.
Red Robin (RRGB) , the chain of fast casual restaurants known for their gourmet burgers, began offering delivery services at 70 restaurants across the U.S. in December through a partnership with DoorDash.
This year, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) began launching delivery services at 100 restaurants across the U.S. Customers can order from the chicken wing king through DoorDash or its competitor GrubHub (GRUB) .
Again through a partnership with DoorDash, the chain of hamburger joints, Jack in the Box (JACK) , began offering delivery service to roughly 800 restaurants on March 30.