One of the best aspects of fast food is how quick and easy it is to get. You don’t have to wait long, with quick service being a key component of the industry, allowing us to easily grab some food without having to hang around.
Fast food couldn’t be more convienent, but it’s about to get a whole lot easier for two of the most popular names in the business.
For anyone too lazy to head to their local restaurant, both McDonald’s and Taco Bell are rolling out delivery services for thousands of restaurants across the country.
McDonalds Delivery – Leading the Way
It’s one of the latest innovations in the battle for fast food supremacy, and we could very well be seeing the start of a new trend that spreads throughout the industry.
McDonald’s aren’t just settling for the United States however, having introduced delivery services at over 7,800 restaurants in 47 different countries spanning six continents!
The company unveiled their plans for deliveries in the United States at the beginning of the year, working alongside ride-sharing giant Uber. A subsection known as UberEats were announced as the food delivery partner brining McDonald’s to homes around the nation, and now more than a quarter of the country can enjoy the service.
Taco Bell Delivery Close Behind
Since the announcement from McDonald’s, many have predicted that other fast food chains would follow suit, with Taco Bell being one of the next big chains to offer delivery services.
Taco Bell have only begun their delivery expansion however, with the recent trial of ‘Taco Mode’, a service customers of ride-sharing service Lyft can use. While technically not a home delivery, customers using Lyft can now get their driver to take for a Taco Bell drive-thru!
There are some caveats of course, with the service only available between 9pm and 2am for Lyft customers in the Orange County Area. It’s a limited trial too, running between July 27 and 29, with a second trial occurring from August 3 to 5.
The hope is that the service proves popular enough for a wide release, with plans for a nationwide service come 2018.
A Similar Service with Some Notable Differences
So, while both companies are offering a delivery service, there are some notable differences between each one.
McDonald’s can provide home deliveries for a simple reason – they have so many restaurants in the country that they are able to cover a much wide area. For instance, reports claim that most deliveries will be completed in 30 minutes or under, highlighting the short distances that drivers need to travel.
Taco Bell meanwhile, has far fewer restaurants than McDonald’s, with around have the total number making it less plausible to offer home delivery.
They are instead doubling down on the ‘Taco Mode’ experience, with specially themed cars and custom-menus offering a fun and innovative way to get your Taco Bell fix.
What both chains have in common is to attract as many customers as possible with innovative services, and deliveries are certainly one way to achieve this!