Whoop, there it is. McDonald's makes its food even faster by partnering with UberEats to bring orders to your doorstep in over 1,000 locations around the country.
So watch out Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbus, and Phoenix, because now you have the option to never get up from your couch or desk again. All you have to do is open up your UberEats app and order to your arteries' content.
Irina Gonzalez, Freelance Food Editor at Brit + CO, voiced her disappointment about the new partnership in a statement to Gadget Hacks:
To be honest, I'm fairly disappointed that UberEats is partnering with McDonald's. The company [Uber] still has a lot of bad press with millennials for what happened during Trump's initial Muslim Ban, and I don't think that partnering with a company that provides fast food is going to help them. Millennials are much more into healthy food than any generations past, and we care about sourcing our ingredients. I really wish they would have partnered with healthier alternatives, like Chipotle or another fast casual franchise. Giving Americans an even easier way to access fast food, which is partially to blame for the obesity epidemic, is not a great choice for this company.
Irina has a valid point. Fast food is known to increase your risk of having a heart attack. Getting a Big Mac delivered straight to you is well, probably the opposite of promoting good health.
Gadget Hacks reached out to UberEats and McDonald's to see if either company was at all concerned about making fast food more accessible. Our main concern is that it doesn't seem like McDonald's is making an effort to promote healthier options. McDonald's disagrees.
Granted, UberEats not only partners with McDonald's, but with 40,000 other restaurants as well. The company built its platform off of giving you the option to choose between a salad and a Big Mac. Ultimately, the choice is up to you when it comes to your own health. Do we really need access to anymore fast food, though?
According to McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook, in a press release to Gadget Hacks, the company claims the partnership will bring you greater control over your food choices:
We are bringing a new level of convenience to more of our customers as we continue to transform the McDonald's experience. Through the ease of the UberEATS app, our customers can enjoy their favorite McDonald's foods delivered right to them enjoying greater choice, control, and personalization than ever before.
I mean, if you want greater control over your food choices, then it's probably best not to make fast food even easier to grab, but okay McDonald's ... I see you.
McDelivery even plans to expand beyond the four cities within the coming months. The service is already available in Miami, Orlando, and Tampa Bay. Who knows which doorstep a crumbly bag of fast food might show up at next.
McDonald's Easterbrook maintains that the expanding delivery service with UberEats is "an ideal partnership." Neither company directly commented on whether or not this "ideal partnership" would be ideal for your health.
Both UberEats and McDonald's noted that the fast food chain is one of the largest providers of delivered food in the world:
Last year, McDonald's saw nearly $1 billion in delivery sales across both company and franchise restaurants. The company's most developed delivery markets are in Asia and the Middle East, where top delivery restaurants generate up to 40% of their sales from delivery.
So, it looks like McDonald's is really excited to make some extra bang for their corporate bucks. Especially when it comes to delivering your daily dose of diabetes straight to your doorstep.
Excited? Or nah? Let us know in the comments below.
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