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Amazon Announces Partnership with Online Food Ordering Company Olo - Washington Report

Amazon has announced a partnership with Olo, an online food ordering company.  The partnership could give Amazon access to an Olo network that includes 200 restaurant brands and about 40,000 locations.

“We’re thrilled to work with Amazon to provide Olo’s base of restaurant customers with a new delivery sales channel that drives increased visibility,” says Noah Glass, founder and CEO of Olo, in a statement. “Amazon’s obsession with providing great customer and restaurant experience supports the evolving expectations and behaviors of today’s consumer.

More than 60 million consumers use Olo to order ahead or use its “Skip the Line” technology, as well as getting meals delivered from brands. Clients include Applebee’s, Chili’s, Chipotle, Denny’s, Five Guys, Jamba Juice, Shake Shack, Noodles & Company, Red Robin, Sweetgreen, and Wing Stop. The move is the latest for Amazon, which recently purchased Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion.

“We are excited to leverage Olo’s digitial ordering technology and continue rapidly growing our network of resetaurants to give Amazon Prime members more options for fast delivery from their favorite brands,” said Gus Lopez, general manager of Amazon Restaurants in a statement.  “This integration will enable Amazaon Restaurants to onboard new restaurants with ease as well as quickly add more new choices and delivery options for customers.”

Olo also offers counter and curbside pickup for orders placed by phone, web, mobile, app, and Amazon Alexa, as well as through Olo Dispatch and Olo Rails.  Research from Cowen & Co McDonald’s Corp., according to Bloomberg, shows that fast-food delivery orders placed through mobile apps is expected to surpass $35 billion by 2020.