Uber Eats to pull out of South Korea amid tough competition

Uber Eats to pull out of South Korea amid tough competition

Uber Eats workers wait for orders in central Kiev
Uber Eats workers wait for orders in central Kiev, Ukraine, Jul 31, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

SEOUL: Uber Technologies' restaurant delivery business will terminate its service in South Korea, Uber Eats said on Monday (Sep 9). 

Facing intense competition in the world's No. 4 online food delivery market, the US company is struggling to revamp its brand in South Korea.

"After two years' partnering with local restaurants to offer convenient, reliable food delivery, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue Uber Eats in South Korea at the end of Oct 14, 2019," Uber Eats Korea said in a statement, without elaborating on the reasons for the withdrawal.

In South Korea, Uber has faced opposition from taxi drivers and was forced to discontinue a ride-hailing service using private cars in 2015. But it currently offers premium taxi-hailing and licensed taxi-hailing services.

Uber will continue its riding business in the country however, Uber Eats added.

Crowded with home-grown delivery apps, South Korea is the world's No. 4 market for online food orders, industry data shows.

Woowa Brothers, operator of South Korea's top food delivery app Baedal Minjok, has a market share with 75 per cent.

Uber operates Uber Eats services in Asian countries including Japan, India and Hong Kong.

Source: Reuters/zl

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