SOUTH AFRICA- During the commemoration of South African Heritage Month and marking its 7th anniversary, Uber Eats has proudly announced the launch of the Uber Eats Merchant Awards in South Africa.

The awards are scheduled to take place in October and will bring together restaurant businesses, regardless of their size, and new vertical merchants that have consistently delivered outstanding service to consumers throughout the year.

By the launch of the award, Uber Eats is set to roll out an impressive array of prizes and recognition for the deserving winners, making it a momentous occasion for the South African culinary landscape.

In a bid to make these awards more inclusive and community-driven, Uber Eats has invited the public to participate by nominating their favourite local merchant from any corner of the country.

Going beyond the conventional recognition, the panel overseeing the awards will also pay homage to trailblazers within the industry who have demonstrated exceptional innovation during challenging times.

These prestigious Pioneer Awards will honour several categories, including Best Up-and-Coming Merchant, Lowest Delivery Person Wait Time, Best African Restaurant, and Highest Ratings.

“There are so many amazing independent restaurants and merchants spanning every cuisine type on Uber Eats, and these awards showcase their amazing work from across South Africa,” Vuyokazi Maselana, Head of Merchant Operations, in South Africa, stated.

“We are always leveraging the power of the Uber Eats platform to suit the needs of our customers, however, this would be impossible without the restaurants and merchants we have on the Uber Eats app – and we look forward to recognizing and rewarding them for their pioneering and innovative spirit to shape the service industry.”

Uber Eats introduces money, time-saving features

In addition to the Merchant Awards announcement, Uber Eats has unveiled an array of new features designed to help consumers save both time and money.

In a world where the cost of goods is on the rise and access to fresh and healthy foods remains essential, these tools aim to simplify the shopping experience for users.

The forthcoming updates in the Uber Eats app, expected later this year and in 2024, promise to provide users with quicker access to a wider range of products without straining their budgets.

According to Uber Eats, the goal is to reduce barriers to fresh groceries, especially for vulnerable populations such as those living in food deserts, seniors, and individuals facing disabilities or transportation challenges.

“We are proud to utilize our technology and extensive local delivery networks to offer SNAP recipients the ability to use their benefits to conveniently access fresh groceries via the Uber Eats app in 2024,” Uber Eats noted.

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