Uber has partnered with a number of companies across the globe to deliver essential items to users amid the lockdown enforced in countries around the world in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. For instance, in India it has partnered with Flipkart to deliver groceries to people in select cities. Taking this trend forward, Uber has launched two new services — Uber Direct and Uber Connect — in select cities around the world.
Uber Direct, takes Uber Eats and the company’s expansion into grocery delivering services a step further and allows users to get items from select retailers delivered to their doorsteps. “Shoppers can now place orders from select retailers and get their items delivered right to their doorstep—without contact,” Uber wrote in a blog post.
The company is piloting this project in three cities. While in New York it has partnered with Cabinet to deliver over-the-top medicines, in Portugal it has partnered with the national postal service, CTT, to deliver parcels and in Australia it has partnered with Greencross to deliver pet supplies from Petbarn, City Farmers and the Greencross Vets clinics with same-day service.
Coming to Uber Connect, this service enables users to send packages to friends and family in a contactless manner. This service is available within the Uber app in more than 25 cities in Australia, Mexico, and the US.