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Amazon launches a restaurant takeout and delivery service

Matt Brian, @m4tt
December 4, 2014
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Amazon's already shown that it's intent on replacing your grocery store, with same-day deliveries and its Dash scanner, but now it wants to help at those times when you don't want to be in the kitchen. As part of its latest Amazon Local expansion, the internet retailer has launched a new Takeout & Delivery service, allowing customers to browse available local restaurants and order a freshly-cooked meal for pickup or have it delivered to their door. If you've used Grubhub or Seamless (before they merged) then you know the drill.

Currently, Amazon is trialling the service in Seattle. It offers dishes from over 100 local restaurants and will let you pay using the same Amazon account you use for your Prime deliveries. However, as we've seen in the past, the company doesn't like to limit services to one city for very long. With Amazon already listing tradespeople to help fix new TVs to the wall in homes in New York City and Seattle, it appears the company is intent on building out a physical presence locally -- without actually having to get its hands dirty.

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