To meet the demand for grocery delivery among the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber has announced it’s adding grocery delivery to its app in several cities across the Americas. To start, the service will be available in a few Latin American and Canadian cities, with plans to launch in Miami and Dallas later this month.
As of July 7, Uber is available in 19 cities in Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru, and Canada. After the launch in the United States, the company has its goal set on making the grocery delivery service available worldwide.
When the service does launch in Miami and Dallas, Uber Pass and Eats Pass subscribers will get free delivery on orders over $30. The grocery option will show up in the Uber app next to the ‘Ride’ and ‘Order Food’ buttons. There will also be an option to request no-contact delivery. If they choose to order groceries, they can pick from various supermarkets. From there, they can select the items they want and add them to their virtual grocery cart. They can also select a time slot for the groceries to be delivered.
Uber’s grocery delivery service was created in partnership with the grocery delivery startup Cornershop—which Uber purchased in October of last year. Cornershop is a Chile-based grocery delivery start-up. While the acquisition has been approved by the Chilean authorities, it’s still pending regulatory approval in Mexico.
For drivers looking to do grocery deliveries, they will need to sign up through Cornershop. The technology behind Uber’s grocery delivery service will be powered through Cornershop for now, as the Cornershop app will remain accessible to users as the companies work on integration.
According to CNET, in response to the partnership, Raj Beri, Uber’s global head of grocery, had this to say in a press call: “Our vision is of being a one-stop-shop for all of our customers on food occasions. We want to make sure we’re able to get groceries to customers as conveniently and quickly as possible.”
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