Uber delivers groceries in Canada, Latin America

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Uber delivers groceries in Canada, Latin America

By Dan Berthiaume - 07/07/2020

Uber is moving forward in its partnership with grocery delivery startup Cornershop.

 Consumers in select Canadian and Latin American cities can now order groceries through the Uber and Uber Eats apps. And starting later this month, grocery delivery will be available in Miami, Florida, and Dallas.  In those two cities, Eats Pass and Uber Pass members will receive an additional benefit: free grocery delivery on orders over $30. 

Uber is offering on-demand grocery delivery in collaboration with Cornershop, a Santiago, Chile-based startup in which Uber acquired a majority stake in October 2019. The agreement is expected to close in the coming days, outside of Mexico, and this rollout marks Uber and Cornershop’s first integrated grocery delivery experience.

With this new integration, grocery orders placed on Uber and Uber Eats will be facilitated and delivered by Cornershop associates. Customers can follow their grocery delivery at each step of the process.

Official rollout of this service comes after grocery delivery experiments with more than 9,500 retailers in over 30 countries on Uber Eats. Uber reports a 176% increase in grocery orders since February. Following this integration in select cities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Canada, Uber plans to roll out improvements for shoppers and retailers alike globally, throughout the summer of 2020 and beyond.

“Today’s product integration marks an important step in our partnership with the team at Cornershop to bring grocery delivery to millions of consumers on the Uber platform,” said Raj Beri, Uber’s global head of grocery. “Uber started on the premise that people should be able to more easily get to the places they need to go, and to people they care about. This has since evolved to connecting people to food from their favorite local restaurants, and we are thrilled to bring our product expertise to the world of grocery alongside the Cornershop team.”

"We launched Cornershop almost exactly five years ago today, and it's hard to imagine a better way to celebrate our anniversary than joining forces with the best on-demand platform around. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Uber to take our mission to millions,” said Oskar Hjertonsson, founder and CEO of Cornershop. “Uber is the perfect partner to bring on-demand groceries from incredible merchant partners at the touch of a button across the Americas.”

Uber is actively increasing the scope of its Uber Eats delivery service. On July 6, the ride-hailing platform reached an agreement to purchase Postmates for $2.65 billion. This merger brings together Uber’s global Rides and Eats on-demand delivery platform with Postmates’ U.S. delivery business. Postmates has been an early pioneer of “delivery-as-a-service,” which Uber feels complements its growing efforts in the delivery of goods beyond takeout food, including groceries.

Uber and Cornershop continue to work with COFECE, the Mexican Competition Authority, as they assess the final component of the investment to merge Uber and Cornershop in Mexico.