Uber Technologies Inc further expanded delivery offerings, launching an app-based grocery service in several Latin American and Canadian cities, with the United States to follow later this month.
The company’s latest foray into the delivery space is in partnership with a Chilean online grocery provider Cornershop, that Uber has held a majority stake in since October.
Customers in Canada’s Montreal and Toronto, 11 Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, 4 Chilean cities, Colombia’s Bogota and Peru’s Lima will be able to order groceries from local stores and chains through the Uber Eats app.
In Canada, groceries can be ordered from large chains Walmart Inc and Metro Inc, A launch in U.S. cities is expected later in July, beginning with regional merchants in Miami and Dallas, an Uber spokeswoman said.
It had some 9,500 active merchants Uber said with grocery-convenience orders increasing by more than 176% since February across the Uber platform.
Uber’s grocery delivery push comes at a time when its core ride-hailing business is under pressure around the globe with coronavirus lockdown orders keeping many passengers at home, At the same time, Uber’s restaurant delivery business Eats has seen growing demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, with second-quarter food delivery orders up more than 100%.
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