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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The pizza giant prides itself on its delivery innovations. In addition to ordering from Ford (F - Get Report) cars, you can order a pizza using Alphabet's (GOOGL - Get Report) Google Home, Facebook (FB - Get Report) Messenger, Amazon Echo and even by tweeting a pizza emoji on Twitter (TWTR - Get Report) .
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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 - Get Report) , 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 - Get Report) 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.
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 - Get Report) 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 - Get Report) , 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 - Get Report) .