Uber is revisiting deliveries to get idle drivers back on the road

Shawn Knight

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Some of the businesses hit hardest by the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak are those that deal directly with people. As this whole thing drags on, it is becoming increasingly clear that for some of these companies to survive, a rethink is in order.

Uber is one such example. As lockdown and remote work orders continue to keep people at home, the ride-hailing specialist has no doubt seen business plummet in recent weeks. But rather than sit around and accept the hand they’ve been dealt, the company is accelerating efforts to adapt by broadening its delivery efforts beyond food and grocery items through the launch of two new projects.

Uber Direct builds on the recent Uber Eats expansion, catering to select retailers and manufacturers looking for a way to get their goods to customers and suppliers. In New York City, Uber has launched a pilot with Cabinet to deliver over-the-counter medication to customers. In Portugal, the ride-hailing service is teaming up with the national postal service to deliver parcels to customers and in Australia, pet supplies are now being delivered with same-day service.

The other new service, Uber Connect, will let people in select cities send packages cross-town without having to leave their home. Uber described it as a cost effective same-day, no-contact delivery solution to help people feel close even when they are apart.

“Whether it’s a care package, a board game, or an extra roll of much-needed toilet paper, you can send it by requesting “Uber Connect” in the Uber app,” the company notes.

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Uncle Al

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From what I've observed over the years, they simply do not properly screen their drivers, allowing a large accumulation of not so desirable people to be involved. Murders, rapes, hold ups are all an example of this problem and theft of products can easily be added to the list ....
 

candle_86

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From what I've observed over the years, they simply do not properly screen their drivers, allowing a large accumulation of not so desirable people to be involved. Murders, rapes, hold ups are all an example of this problem and theft of products can easily be added to the list ....
A small percentage, as someone who side hustles on Uber the only frequent complaint is their stuff. I've had people leave crap in my car, some folks where quite a drive to return it also. I had one fellow I drove 130 miles home from the airport, he left his work phone in my back seat. I found it the next day, contacted him, he offered me 20 to return it, not cost effective, so I dropped it at the Uber hub and told him.

Dude accused me of stealing and laziness for doing so, because he's only 2 hours away and 20 covers the gas.