On demand taxi service, Bolt launches a food delivery service

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On demand taxi service Bolt has announced that it has launched a food delivery service on its network in the market it operates in. The service is not yet available in Kenya.

Jevgeni Kabanov, Chief Product Officer, Bolt said: “We have more than 25 million people around the world using Bolt and food delivery has been a popular request for quite some time. It’s one of those services where you need to work extra hard on the underlying technology and operations to make it seamless and simple for customers. Luckily for us, the infrastructure and experience we have built up in our global ride-hailing business have given us a head start.

To use the new service, customers need to download the Bolt Food app on the Google Playstore and on the Apple Store. The app will suggest closest restaurants for food delivery based on your location. The service will expand to more markets in Europe and Africa later this year. Restaurants and couriers can sign up with Bolt Food at food.bolt.eu.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, to order simply follow these steps:

  • select your favourite restaurant;
  • choose which dishes you want to order and confirm your delivery address;
  • you’ll then be able to see the estimated delivery time and the total cost;
  • confirm your order;
  • wait for your food to arrive;
  • EAT!

Bolt Food is currently operational in Tallinn, Estonia where it has onboarded more than 80 restaurants, with plans to add more restaurants and expand to more areas of the city in the following months.

Founded by Markus Villig, Bolt launched in 2013. It’s one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms in Europe and Africa with investors including Daimler, Didi Chuxing, Korelya Capital and TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus. In 2018, Bolt was the first ride-hailing platform to launch electric scooter rental on its app. Bolt has more than 25 million users in over 30 countries globally.

Bolt was initially known as taxify before rebranding in 2019. It launched in Kenya in the beginning of 2017 and operates in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega and Thika.

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