“We’re a logistics company at our heart,” said Jason Droege, VP of UberEverything, which runs UberEats. “Uber had been working on logistics of moving people for many years, five to six years; we leveraged that technology and those learnings to give us a headstart on making food delivery high quality.”
Droege, who reports directly to Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi, added that Uber’s new CEO is optimistic about UberEats’ potential. “I think he’s been pleasantly surprised with the growth and progress we’ve made. Especially given the tough year that we’ve had. … I think it’s a bright spot in what he plans to grow into 2018.”
In some markets, including Tokyo, Milan, Madrid, Seoul and Grenoble, France, the company launched food delivery before its main ride-hailing service, citing a lower barrier to entry with regulators. Food delivery is also a way to get the company’s 2 million drivers around the world driving more.
Customers can expect more expansion in 2018, Droege said.
Khosrowshahi and Droege are on Recode’s inaugural 100 list of the people who mattered in tech, business and media in 2017.