I was discussing Uber Eats delivery with an Uber employee. Having read through the payout description it was apparent to me that with independent pick-up, mileage, and delivery payouts. that the pricing was likely modeled to “stack” or “Batch” orders.
You could be paged to pick-up multiple orders at a foodsource / kitchen and sent on an area-wide, “uber-routed” delivery with multiple drops, based on area-grouped end points, following some pre-agreed delivery criteria between Uber and the food provider. ( Not to exceed some travel time limit, some number of orders for customer inter-action, etc)
Also revealed was the occasion where Uber staff “ordering-in” from area restaurants, realized that multiple parties in their office had ordered independently from the same source, on happenstance, wondered whether their orders would be “batched” and delivered together in one trip. She assured me that food was “ready” when the dispatch is made.
It makes me wonder if the batch process has a look-ahead queue, or a batch delay for collecting other potential orders, before the orders are placed to the source. Or, whether sources are likewise batched, so you could make multiple pick-ups for delivery at a single destination drop?
What experiences have Uber Delivery drivers had with batched delivery trips? Please comment, if you can shed some light on this topic.