''As COVID-19 continues to affect our communities, we remain focused on moving what matters.''
Uber announced launching two new projects; Uber Direct and Uber Connect, in select cities. Uber Direct builds upon Uber Eats’ recent expansion into grocery and convenience store delivery, shoppers can now place orders from select retailers and get their items delivered right to their doorstep, without contact.
The new Uber Connect feature, enables users in select cities to log into the Uber app and send packages to family and friends. It’s a cost effective same-day, no-contact delivery solution that keeps people feeling close, even when they’re apart.This option is now available in more than 25 cities in Australia, Mexico, and the US.
‘’Over the last month, we’ve put our platform to use by helping to move frontline healthcare workers, ship PPE supplies, get food to folks who need it, and more. We’ve heard from people around the world who are looking for new ways to get necessities delivered to their door quickly, and businesses that are exploring how to better serve their customers from afar. That’s why we’ve accelerated our delivery efforts beyond food and grocery, to provide on-demand and scheduled last-mile delivery solutions for consumers and businesses alike.’’, they announced in their statement.
In New York City, they kicked off a pilot with Cabinet, to quickly connect New Yorkers with over-the-counter medication. In Portugal they’re working alongside the national postal service CTT to deliver parcels to their customers. And in Australia, They’re coordinating with Greencross to deliver pet supplies from Pet Barn, City Farmers and the Greencross Vets clinics with same-day service.
They’ve also partnered with South Africa’s Western Cape Department of Health and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to deliver medication to those most vulnerable to COVID-19. In just two weeks, over 25,000 people in South Africa have received their medication without leaving home.
‘’Our focus on safety is unwavering, and we remain committed to arming our drivers and delivery people with the information they need to help them stay safe. We have rolled out a number of new features and policies to help protect their health and safety, including no-contact delivery, providing sanitizing supplies in high-risk regions’’, they commented.