Publicado: Sáb, May 18, 2019
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Amazon close to buying a stake in UK's Deliveroo

Amazon close to buying a stake in UK's Deliveroo

The news that the world's biggest online retailer had taken a stake in one of Europe's fastest growing tech companies sent shockwaves through the sector. Deliveroo said it had raised a total of $1.5bn since it launched in 2013.

The news hit shares in rivals Just Eat, and Delivery Hero.

Amazon has taken the lead on a new $575m funding round for Deliveroo meant to furnish the home delivery service with the capital it needs to expand its tech team, reach more consumers and grow its unique brand of delivery-only "dark kitchens".

Deliveroo will use the money it raises from the funding round to expand to new areas and gain new customers.

Neither company revealed the size of the investment, but said Amazon was leading the £575m (£450m) round, which also included investment from T. Rowe Price, Fidelity Management and Research Company, and Greenoaks.

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Deliveroo operates in 100 cities across the UK, as well as in Australia, Germany, the US, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

This comes after the online giant ended its own London-based takeaway delivery service Amazon Restaurants UK in December after two years of operation, amid competition from Just Eat and other rivals.

"We're impressed with Deliveroo's approach, and their dedication to providing customers with an ever increasing selection of great restaurants along with convenient delivery options", said Doug Gurr, Amazon UK Country manager.

"Will and his team have built an innovative technology and service, and we're excited to see what they do next". "In perspective, 16% of shoppers have used Amazon Prime Now (1-2 hour delivery service) though not necessarily for food".

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